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Elephants at waterhole, Hwange, Zimbabwe

Hwange

Hwange National Park is in the northwest corner of Zimbabwe, on the border with Botswana and is roughly the size of Belgium at 14,600 square kilometres.

The park lies in the west, on the main road between Bulawayo and the world-famous Victoria Falls. This vast wilderness area of Kalahari sands, grasslands and teak forests is home to one of the highest concentrations of game, especially elephant, which congregates around the waterholes.

There are only a handful of lodges allowed within the park itself but there are many on the borders in private reserves with wildlife roaming freely between the two.

Experiences

Waterholes

Visit Hwange’s prolific waterholes, which dot this predominantly dry landscape. Watch as thirsty animals come to drink, including the vast herds of elephants that roam the park.

Birding

Make the most of one of Zimbabwe’s best parks for birding. Look out for the more than 420 species found here, including the racket-tailed roller, kori bustard and martial eagle.

Mountain Biking

Accompanied by a guide, explore Hwange by mountain bike. Spot animals, including elephants, as you cycle beneath acacia trees, following winding dirt tracks.

Elephant Express

Travel through Hwange National Park by train. Spot wildlife en route, even stopping when the occasional animal blocks the tracks, as the conductor serves drinks and snacks.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Jackie Devereux

I was born in Zimbabwe. With a dad who was in the police force, we moved from place to place. I have always been passionate about travel. My grandparents mentioned that our ancestors set off from the Horn of Africa – Ethiopia – looking for better cattle pastures. They ended up settling in the south-eastern hills of Zimbabwe, in the Great Zimbabwe area.
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Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management. My desire to see more led me to work as a guide for AndBeyond, first in South Africa, then in Tanzania as the company expanded. Here, I lived and worked in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro, guiding and running safari camps.
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Bridget Cohen

Aged five and with my Curious George toy safely tucked under my arm, I set off with my family to travel around Europe in an orange VW minibus. Looking back on the adventures we had along the way, I now know that this was where my love for travel and exploring began.
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Chris Johnston

25 years ago, my first trip to Africa took on a life of its own. I planned for three months, I stayed for two years. Whilst there, I was mistaken for a priest, attacked by sharks and arrested. Yet the countless, clattering journeys opened my eyes to the beauty of the landscapes and the grace of the people. My recent trips are undoubtedly more comfortable, but the welcome is as warm as ever and the best experiences are still those I never see coming.
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