Named after a local Nhanzwa chiefe, Hwange National Park is the largest park in Zimbabwe roughly about 14 600sq km. ( about the size of Belgium) It is located in the northwest corner of the country about 2 hours south of the Mighty Victoria Falls. With over 100 animal species, 400 bird species, and one of the few remaining elephant sanctuaries on the continent, this outstanding park is understandably the pride and joy of Zimbabwe. Due to the healthy wildlife, there are more conservation projects in Hwange than in any other Southern Africa Park. Studies are being conducted on numerous species, that being the lion, leopard, wild dog (Painted dog), cheetah, hyena, zebra and elephant.
Hwange became a household name when in 2015, one of its dominating resident male lions, Cecil , was shot by a hunter and there was a big outcry. So often guests come out to Hwange to view Cecil’s bloodline in the form of his cubs . Hwange’s grasslands and mopane woods are home to large elephant herds, lions and African wild dogs. In the northwest, animals gather at Mandavu and Masuma dams, where there are concealed lookouts. Bumbusi National Monument includes 18th-century ruins and pre-colonial rock carvings. In the southeast, waterholes include the Nyamandhlovu Pan, with its elevated viewing platform, often a good coffee stop.
The reserve has some of Southern Africa’s finest luxury lodges but also able to offer camping and basic accommodation for the self-drives.