Hwange National Park Zimbabwe

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. This makes 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 sparse vegetation. However, the man-made waterholes have encouraged more game to the area, with varied scenery populated by Xerophile plantlife and woodland dominated by Zambezi Teak, Sand Camwod (Baphia) and Kalahari bauhinia.