This is Zimbabwe’s best-known and largest National park and is a real heavyweight in the contender for Africa’s finest. Certainly, in terms of the diversity of wildlife, birdlife and ecosystems we think it is pretty hard to beat from late June through to Mid- November. The best time of year to visit this park is from Mid- July through to late September as the bush dries up, opens up and the herds start congregating. Green season, however, is also pretty amazing especially for scenic backdrops, birdlife and baby animals being born!
Elephants are particularly numerous here and offer some of the largest herds at the permanent waterholes. Four of the big five occur here in Hwange in great numbers but the fifth, Rhino, are becoming an ever decreasing sighting. Lion prides are strong, as are Cheetah sightings and Wild Dog. Sable and Roan Antelope are commonplace here whilst rare in most of the rest of Africa and the old favourites of Zebra and Giraffe grace the plains in large numbers.
A safari to Hwange National Park should always include a camp in the East at a minimum of 3 nights but we like to ideally have 5 or 6 nights between this sensational game viewing area and the area to the western side. Both are very different ecosystems and give you the full Hwange spectrum.
The quality of the guides themselves is astonishing and Zimbabwe is still home to Africa’s most professional and knowledgeable guides. Big game walking safaris highlight this fact more than any other activity and we would highly recommend that all guests, who are able to, do this particular activity as often as possible.
In combination with Mana Pools National Park in the extreme north of the country, a tailormade Zimbabwe safari designed by ourselves can be counted amongst the very best safari trips in the whole of Africa. Helped by one of our Directors having spent many years as a Professional guide and Safari Camp manager having his own walking safari operation in Mana Pools over a 14-year safari guide career. We really do believe that Tailormade Africa can offer trips over and above the normal offerings of Zimbabwe itineraries of virtually every other “safari specialist company”.