You catch sight of a spotted hide moving quickly through the tall grasses. In an instant, a leopard emerges and you lock eyes with the magnificent cat before you.
Heart-stopping Adventure on Private Safari Tours of Hwange National Park
When you go on a private safari tour in the Hwange National Park, you are in for some heart-stopping adventure as you get in amongst the amazing wildlife.
Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s biggest park with around 14,650 square kilometres. It is found in the north-west of the country about an hour from another fascinating place, Victoria Falls.
In the early 19th century, it was King Mzilikazi (a Ndebele warrior) royal hunting grounds before becoming a Game reserve in 1929 and a National Park along with its neighbouring Robins Game Sanctuary in 1949.
This National Park is definitely among the finest wildlife havens in all of Africa and home to the likes of elephant, buffalo, giraffe and zebra along with many endangered species and predators such as lions. It is also a perfect birdwatchers destination with a large and varied amount of bird species to be seen.
Take a Jeep Safari to See the Large Herds of Magnificent Elephants
You will have the best experience by safari when you visit Hwange National Park. With it having the world's largest population of elephant, you are sure to have some encounters with them.
All specially protected animals in Zimbabwe are in this National Park, Gemsbok and Brown Hyena are only found here in great numbers. The largest surviving groups of wild dog are also specific to this Hwange.
As you travel through the park, you can see the diverse landscape of desert sand, sparse woodland, granite outcrops and grasslands. During the dry season, the man-made water holes that were introduced are vital to sustaining the animals.
Top Things to Do in Hwange National Park
Travel Tips for Hwange National Park
The best time to go on a safari tour in Hwange National Park is during the months of August, September, October and early to mid-November. The reason being that it is during the dry season and the animals gather around the man-made waterholes, it can get very hot though. During the rainy season from Late November to April you can see the park coming life, newborn animals and excellent birdwatching.
When you decide to go to the Hwange National Park, the costs will all depend on how long you are staying, how many safari tours you want to take and what level of accommodation you would prefer. Generally the prices start US$500 and rise to US$4000 but everything is included; accommodation in lodges and camps when on a safari tour, your meals, safari fees, transport and evening entertainment.
Always do a lot of research on the time you wish to visit the Hwange National Park. It is important you know what the weather is going to be like and if the time you are travelling is the best time to see all you want to see. Be sure to check if you need any shots and make sure if you do you have them done well in advance. Always do what the Rangers say when on a safari tour because they only have your safety in mind.
Mid-May, June, July and early August is winter time here and the weather is warm during the day and then it gets extremely cold at nighttime so be sure to pack heavy jumpers for the night. September all the way to May is summer and the temperatures go from hot to hotter in the daytime and warm at night. From late November to April is the rainy season but it is only occasional rain showers, not heavy continuous downpours.