Hwange National Park

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Hwange National Park is named after a local Nhanzwa chief and is the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe. The park occupies about 14,650 square kilometres and is located south of Victoria Falls. In the early 19th century, the park served as the royal hunting grounds of the Ndebele warrior-king Mzilikazi and then became a National Park in 1929.

Hwange is home to a vast array of wildlife. In addition to Africa’s famous Big Five, they have one of the largest surviving groups of African Wild Dogs in the continent. Predators within the reserve include lion, leopard, spotted hyena and cheetah. Plus, a huge population of elephants, 30,000 to be exact, can be found here making it one of the few great elephant sanctuaries left in Africa.

The park lies close to the edge of the Kalahari Desert and is therefore a region that has very little water and spare vegetation, however the man made waterholes have encouraged more game to the area and the scenery is varied and beautiful ranging from sparse, Xerophile vegetation, woodland dominated by Zambezi Teak, Sand Camwod (Baphia) and Kalahari bauhinia. The rain season brings with it grasslands in this area and the north and north-west of the park are covered by mopane woodland.