Initially founded in 1928, and later established as a national park in 1949, Hwange National Park is the largest nature reserve in Zimbabwe and one of the larger parks in Africa's Eden. The park contains a large number of wilderness lodge and camp options, providing access to numerous archaeological and cultural sites, and an abundant wildlife population.

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Hwange National Park covers an area of 14,651 sq km, which is approximately the same size as Northern Ireland in the UK, or slightly smaller than Kuwait. The landscape in Hwange National Park includes teak forest, thornveld, mopane woodland and Kalahari scrubland. Despite pressure from poachers over recent years, Hwange National Park has abundant wildlife including the Big Five, and over 400 species of bird, including a wide variety of raptors, and a large number of migratory species from November to April. As there is little to no natural water flow in the park, animals gather around artificial watering holes to drink in the morning and evening, especially during the dry season.

The best time to visit Hwange National Park is during the dry season – July to October – when wildlife is more concentrated around watering holes and pans. Temperatures during this time are lower, especially at night dipping to single digits in July and August. However, this is also the peak season when the park is at it’s busiest, and some central areas can become congested. The wet season – November to April – is much quieter and greener as the trees and bushes explode into life with the rains. While temperatures are higher and the rains can make some roads more challenging, it is possible to see young animals and migratory birds that arrive in the park. It is important to note that some camps and lodges close between January and March for annual maintenance.

Gate Times: 08h00 to 16h30

Gate Fees: (per day)

  • Day visitor local USD 5
  • Accommodated local USD 3
  • Day visitor SADC USD 15
  • Accommodated SADC USD 8
  • Day visitor International USD 20
  • Accommodated USD 10