When and why to visit Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe


This magnificent park is Zimbabwe’s largest covering approximately 5,660 square miles only an hour south of Victoria Falls. Hwange is a major hot spot for wildlife viewing so you will be sure to leave with a grin and memories to last a lifetime. It is a top location for viewing the Big Five as well as home to over 100 mammal species and, for our bird lovers, almost 400 bird species. Not to mention, the largest surviving populations of African wild dogs reside in the park. Hwange National Park is especially known for its waterholes. A waterhole is the perfect spot for many elephants to gather, especially during the dry season.

The park houses a variety of ecosystems from desert sands to sparse woodland and grasslands, bordered by rocky outcrops. Some of the activities to enjoy during your stay at the park include, but are not limited to: game drives, walking safari, horseback safari, moonlight viewing, and viewing platforms.


The water holes make for concentrated wildlife viewing in the dry season, which is August through October. During this season, the animals convene around the abundant waterholes. If you are interested in bird watching or seeing this national park in the rainy season, or secret season as we like to call it here at Bushtracks, the best months to visit are from November to April. This is a time where migratory birds return from their lengthy journeys to Europe and Northern Africa.