Hwange is the largest national park in Zimbabwe and one of true off the beaten path safari destinations in Africa. Hwange has the greatest wildlife concentration and has the most diverse wildlife population compared to any park in the world. Tourist crowds are not common in Hwange, the park is not over advertised like most safari destinations.
Hwange location and How to Get There
From Hwange, the nearest airport is at Victoria Falls on the Zambia-Zimbabwe border. Most tourists who visit Hwange first stop at Victoria falls. To enjoy the full experience you can choose to fly into Livingstone on the Zambian side, start touring Victoria Falls on the Zambian side then cross over to Zimbabwe.
You can easily move across Zambia and Zimbabwe by purchasing the Kaza univisa online. The Kaza univisa allows you up to 30 days in either Zambia or Zimbabwe and costs US$50.
You can easily catch flights to Victoria falls from all major airports in Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Botswana.
Hwange is 100 km away from Victoria Falls. Road transfers from Victoria falls to Hwange main camp can be arranged but there is no scheduled public transport from Victoria falls all the way to Hwange.
These private transfer minibusses from Vic Falls airport usually carry 4 tourists for about $50 each.
There's also a railcar that transports guests from Ngamo Siding near the main camp to Dete.
Hwange entry fees and accommodation
Park entry fees are $20 per person every 7 days and $5 per vehicle.
Most camps on the northern side of the park are cheaper than camos on the southern side of the camp.
Zim parks runs three camps within Hwange main camp, Sinamatella and Robins camp.
Attractions in Hwange
Most people usually combine Hwange and Victoria falls trips. Tue main attractions in Hwange include game safaris, bird watching, horseback safari. Apart from the big 5, Hwange is also home to some of the rarest animals in Farica including the wild dog, rhinos, mandolins, and Rothchild's giraffe.
The best time to visit Hwange is during the dry season( July-October). During these months most water points in the park are dried up and all animals have to drink from the 60 manmade water pans in the park making wildlife viewing easy. The roads in Hwange unlike in other Zimbabwean parks are still passable during the wet season but wildlife viewing is difficult during these months.