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Hwange National Park
Spanning approx. 15 000 sq. km of teak woodlands, Mopani forests and palm-dotted plains in western Zimbabwe, Hwange National Park is the country’s largest park and home to an incredible diversity of wildlife, including around 450 lions and over 400 bird species.
It is renowned for huge herds of elephants, often in their hundreds, meandering their migratory way to and from Botswana. Zebras, baboons, giraffe, buffalo, kudu, waterbucks, impalas, wildebeest, and warthogs are all easily seen on game-drives.
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Experiences in Hwange National Park
Northern Hwange is distinctly different from Southern Hwange; the northern part of the Park has small hills or koppies and large Mopane woodlands. There are also natural seeps that occur in this area. The southern region of the park is deep Kalahari sand, which supports a large forest of teak trees.
July to early November is the best time for game-viewing in the Park. Water becomes extremely scarce and the animals congregate around the few pumped waterholes from morning well into the night. Sitting patiently and quietly at one of these water holes will reward you with very good game-viewing.
During the rainy season from late November through to April, a completely different park emerges; parched savannahs turn into lush fields offering the local wildlife abundance grazing opportunities. The animals disperse and game- viewing becomes limited. It’s called the green season and has its own magic as this is when the Park and its inhabitants rejuvenate themselves in a feeding frenzy. New-born animals are everywhere and the bird-life is absolutely prolific.
Visitors to Hwange are warmly welcomed in the friendly communities that are dotted around the Park – above all, they are encouraged to interact with both the people and the wildlife so they can return home with a better understanding of the culture and conservation issues within this corner of Zimbabwe. Adjacent to the south eastern boundary of Hwange the Ndebele villagers within the Tsholotsho communal land that live on the frontline with Hwange’s wildlife are part of a comprehensive social support program supported by Imvelo Safari Lodges, that includes employment, education, water supply and health programmes.
Whichever part of Hwange you decide to visit you are assured of an authentic and exciting adventure off the beaten track.
This region is malarial.
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