Most international visitors to Zimbabwe arrive at Victoria Falls Airport in the north-west of the country. From here, it’s an easy 3 hour road transfer to Hwange National Park, the biggest national park in Zimbabwe. Hwange is a year round destination and is the perfect starting point to visit other wildlife areas in Zimbabwe and neighbouring countries. Hwange is generally considered to be the most mammal diverse park in Africa with over 108 species. This is because it is the transition zone between the Kalahari and Mopane Woodland of Zimbabwe.
Before you head on your journey to Hwange, consider spending a day in the quaint town of Victoria Falls. Every year many visitors from around the world descend on Zimbabwe’s most famous natural phenomenon, the mighty Victoria Falls. The Falls that border Zambia and Zimbabwe are recognised as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. With Victoria Falls accommodating so many tourists every year, it’s a fabulous town to visit with many accommodation options, top restaurants, adventure and cultural activities.
We are pleased to announce the introduction of a new method of transport from Victoria Falls to Hwange. Known as the Stimela Star, this private overnight night sleeper train will offer guests a unique, old fashioned transfer from Victoria Falls to Hwange. Enjoy refreshments and dinner on board along with entertainment from your guide in the lounge car. Enjoy coffee or an after dinner drink before retireing to your private sleeping cabin where you'll be rocked to sleep in a way that is unique only to train travel!
Hwange can also be combined with other beautiful regions in Zimbabwe. There are very few places in Africa where you can have a safari on a major river like at Mana Pools. Stay on the banks of the Zambezi from where you can go on 4x4 game drives, walks, canoe- or boat trips. The animal density, especially elephant and buffalo are very high in this area, while visitors can also see plenty of lion, leopard and wild dog.
Hwange is a unique landscape with dry mopane bushlands in the dry season and lush vegetation in the rainy season. It’s nice, to therefore to combine a holiday in Zimbabwe with a different landscape, like Lake Kariba. A charter plane gets you to Lake Kariba, and allows you to see the area from up high.
Lake Kariba is the world’s largest man-made lake, covering almost 5,600 square kilometers and this vast expanse of fresh water is home to some fantastic fish species including the famous Tiger fish, Tilapia bream, Catfish and the mighty Vundu. For most of the year, Lake Kariba is truly one of the greatest places in Africa for fishing.
The birdlife is prolific with in excess of 240 species having been identified in the Park. Of particular interest are the many different species of waterfowl seen busying the shoreline or perched on one of the putrefied and partially submerged trees that have stood since the creation of the lake some 50 years ago. These airy trees, remnants of great hardwood forests, provide homes for bats and insects, vantage points and nesting sites for fish eagles, darters, cormorants and kingfishers.
How to get there: There are several chartered flight options from Harare, Hwange, Mana Pools and Victoria Falls.
Visitors to Zimbabwe can also combine Hwange with a visit to Chobe National Park lcoated in Botswana. Outposts Travel Africa can arrange full day trips to Chobe as well as tailor-made extensions to explore more of Botswana. The Chobe area is a special place because right on the doorstep is the meeting of four African countries: Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. The close proximity to Victoria Falls International Airport, Livingstone International Airport and Kasane International Airport makes it easily accessible, with daily road transfers or charter flights connecting all these airports with Chobe.