Where Is Hwange National Park
This wildlife park is to be found in the western part of Zimbabwe and is 14,651 km² (5,657 mi²) big.
Getting There By Road: The distance from Victoria Falls to Hwange Main Camp is 197 km (122 mi) on a tar road in reasonable condition (approximately 2.5 hours drive time). Inside the park itself it's recommended to have a 4x4 vehicle especially during the wet season.
By Air: There are international flights from eight African countries to the Victoria Falls Airport (VFA), but no direct flights from any other destinations. So international visitors have to take a connecting flight from places like South Africa, Namibia or Botwana and then a private charter flight from Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) to an airstrip in the park.
By Rail: This is a wonderful way to get to the park run by Imvelo Safaris. If you stay at Camelthorn or Bomani Camps the train runs from the town of Dete which is a two hour road transfer from Victoria Falls. Another option is the Stimela Star which is an overnight train from Victoria Falls to Dete, and then a road transfer to the chosen camp in Hwange.
Possible Wildlife Sightings
Elephant are especially abundant here and other commonly seen species are lion, hyena, giraffe, hippo, buffalo, zebra and wildebeest. Wild dog and cheetah are occasionally seen.
Black and white rhino sightings are rare as well as leopard. Unusual antelope to look out for are the gemsbok, roan and sable.
Over 470 bird species have also been recorded here, making the area a twitchers delight.
Hwange National Park is one of the biggest and most popular in Zimbabwe, so the best place in the country to go on safari.
There are over 100 different types of tours available from various operators in the luxury, midrange and budget categories so travellers are spoilt for choice.
A big advantage is that this National Park is a little bit off the beaten track so there aren't the crowds of people that you might find in places like the Kruger Park or Serengeti and the Masai Mara during the wildebeest migration time.
There are seventeen lodges and two state run camps situated in and on the boundary of the park.
Main Camp and Sinamatella have self catering accommodation and camping facilities available. The lodges provide catered accommodation ranging from US$150 up to more than US$600 per person sharing per night.
Lodge accommodation types run the gamut from permanent and mobile luxury tents, thatched structures on raised platforms to luxury pine cabins and double-story thatched villas.
Climate & Weather
This area has a subtropical climate, with a rainy season running from November to March and a long dry season from April to October. The wettest month is January with an average rainfall of 150mm.
The average maximum temperature that you can expect in the warmest months is 35°C (95°F) and during the coldest months the average minimum is 5°C (41°F).
The best time to visit is during the dry season when temperatures are still reasonably moderate, such as September. The wildlife is also more concentrated around any remaining water so they are easier to find.
Hwange National Park is situated within a malaria area so precautions do need to be taken before visiting.
Get advice from your medical practitioner regarding the best preventative medication in your situation, and when you are in the park apply mosquito repellent and wear long clothing at dawn and dusk.