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Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Located on the edge of the Kalahari sands, Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s biggest national park, covering 14000 square km – the same size as Wales in the United Kingdom. It lies in western Zimbabwe on the border with Botswana and is famous for its huge herds of up to 20 000 elephant that migrate across to Chobe National Park. The Big Five also roams around here.

From desert sands, to sparse woodland, as well as grasslands and granite outcrops make up the park’s landscape and provide a sanctuary for over one hundred species of mammals. Along with the Big Five, you’ll also spot some zebra, eland, kudu, giraffe, and the wild dog. These wild dogs were at a time almost extinct, but thanks to conservational efforts in supporting a breeding programme, these wild creatures are finally starting to increase in number. The landscape’s shallow pans make it easy to see the animals. Bird lovers will find Hwange enthralling with over 400 species of birds.

Because Hwange has no permanent water sources, there are 60 man-made waterholes in order to make sure the animals don’t dehydrate during the dry season. All of them have viewing platforms, and because of these waterholes, Hwange is one of the few African parks where game viewing is consistently good all year round.

 Activities:

Early morning bush walks

Game drives

Sundowner safaris

African cuisine

Sitings of wildlife at the waterholes

The Big Five

Birding

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on April 17, 2013
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