Hwange National Park

An Unbeatable Wild Elephant Sanctuary in Zimbabwe

Located between Victoria Falls and Bulawayo, bordering Botswana, Hwange National Park covers a 14,500 km2 plateau with an average altitude of 1,000m above sea level. The flora of the park is mostly Acacia woodland set in Kalahari sands, which have blown across from the Botswana desert over many decades. There are 63 man-made water holes in the park due to its arid climate, which pump calcium rich waters to the surface from 60 meters below ground level. With 480 km of game viewing roads network connecting waterholes and outstanding animal concentrations, the park is easily accessible and the most visited park in Zimbabwe – although not overcrowded.

Be our Guest in Hwange National Park

Explore Hwange National Park’s wildlife from Somalisa Camp, a small intimate tented camp on a private concession and tucked away subtly under a canopy of an acacia tree’s, or perhaps stay at Somalisa Acacia for its smaller and exclusive charm & privacy.

If you choose to travel around the region, be sure to include Hwange in your safari itinerary somewhere between Victoria Falls, Bulawayo and Matopos, Mana Pools and Chobe.

History of the region
These sub-tropical thorn and sand flats were once home to the nomadic San (bushmen), who could profit from the great herds of migrating game. As in many other areas of Africa, they were displaced by stronger African tribes. Serving as the royal hunting grounds to the Ndebele warrior-king Mzilikazi in the early 19th Century, the area was set aside as a National Park in 1929 and named after a local Nhanzwa chief. It was founded in 1928, with the first warden being by the 22-year-old Ted Davison. It was created not primarily for ecological reasons but because with its poor soils and scarce water suplies the area was largely useless for agriculture. Its first warden, Ted Davison, walked over most of the park's immense area, assessed its wildlife populations, instituted protection against poaching and began to develop it for tourism. Over 60 artificial pans were created in the dry heart of the park, enabling wildlife populations to make use of areas which had previously been inaccessible in the dryer months due to lack of water. In a short space of time the wildlife numbers within Hwange National Park increased and became habituated to the Park throughout the year. As human habitation has developed and blocked the natural migration routes for wildlife, it has become ever more important for these water sources to be maintained in order to sustain healthy wildlife numbers and conserve the area as a protected wildlife haven.
Best seasons to visit

The dry season (from July/August, and driest in September and October) is the best safari time at Hwange National Park, as large concentrations of game, in particular elephant herds, must drink from the man made & pumped waterholes to survive in a very hot and dry environment. The rainy season (December to March) will see the wildlife dispersing across the park, and thus making it more difficult to spot them. The summer rains cause vegetation to burst into life, birdlife is spectacular at this time of the year due to the migrants coming down from the Northern hemisphere.

Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe