Hwange

Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park is the largest Park in Zimbabwe occupying roughly 14 650 square kilometers. The park can easily be accessed by road and air and is open all year round, although the best time to visit is during the dry winter months.

The Park hosts over 100 mammal and 400 bird species with elephants numbers in excess of 20,000 (up from around 4,000 when the park was proclaimed), and what is thought to be one of the largest populations of African wild dog left in the world along with Kruger National Park. Large prides of lion and buffalo are also common and you have a good chance of spotting leopard and rhino in addition to cheetah and spotted hyena. The wild and woolly brown hyena also occurs here and is something of a rarity.

The landscape in the park is diverse, with a dense teak forest in the north and Kalahari sand veld in the south. In between, open grassy plains lined with acacia lie alongside mopane woodland.

During the hot summer rains between December and March the bush becomes lush and the wildlife disperses. Between June and October, the winter months see the bush rapidly dry and thin out, all but a few waterholes remain, and the wildlife is concentrated and easy to spot.

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