Elephants at waterhole, Hwange, Zimbabwe


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.


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The elephant Express, Hwange, Zimbabwe

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.

Elephant, Nehimba Lodge, Hwange, Zimbabwe


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.

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Secretary Bird, Zimbabwe


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.

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Mountain biking, Hwange, Zimbabwe

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.

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