Hwange has Africa's Big Five and plenty of them! There
are thousands of elephants
Lions are commonly seen, but the elusive leopard
and rhino are always a bonus
to see. This park has such variety that one hundred different
species have been recorded.
Dry season game-viewing is assisted by the shallow pans
threaded throughout the park. The natural salt-licks provide
elephants with favourite mud holes for wallowing and sixty
man-made waterholes give much needed water during the hot
parched winter months when everything else dries up.
Several waterholes have raised wooden hides in which you
can spend many hours observing animals and the interactions
400 species of birds are
found here making it a bird watchers paradise, particularly
in the wet season.
The largest is the ground dwelling Kori
Bustard who will only take to the air if absolutely
necessary. Abundant food marks the start of the mating season
cranes prance in a comical dance and red
bishops sport their startling scarlet breeding plumage.
There are plenty more with long wispy tails, iridescent
colours and loud squawking calls.
Several of Hwange's safari lodges occupy a private concession
and unlike the public park, night drives are allowed. One
memorable after-dark sight is the Springhare,
who hops around like a miniature kangaroo.