Situated in the north-western corner of Zimbabwe, about 200 kilometres south of Victoria Falls (250 kilometres north-west of Bulawayo), and covering an area of more than 14,500 square kilometres, Hwange National Park is the country’s largest National Park and a haven for wildlife. The area supports over 100 larger mammals and more than 400 bird species and is a great place to explore on foot with our camp-based walking safaris.
Based from our exclusive season bush camp location, our Hwange walking safaris bring an opportunity to explore different areas each day, exploring the bush and tracking big game through rolling wilderness. Known as 'Zimbabwe’s Kruger', the visitor is likely to be rewarded with comparable wildlife viewing opportunities, but without the crowds of its more famous cousin. Indeed it is Hwange’s rather forgotten nature which makes it such an appealing and special place to explore.
The Park has a rich cultural history. Originally inhabited by nomadic bushmen and home to iron-age cultures including the Nambya (descendents of the stone builders of Great Zimbabwe), the Park was also a royal hunting ground of the great Matabele king, Mzilikazi, who ruthlessly raided the Nambya people. The Park takes its name from Chief Wange, the dynastic title of the Nambya people. The Nambya, who traditionally inhabited its northern regions, have many sacred sites scattered within the boundaries of the reserve, including the remains of their old capital, the Bumbusi ruins, which date from the 1830s.
In these early days the wildlife did not escape the attentions of the big game hunters. During the late 1800s and early 1900s many Europeans hunted here, including Frederick Courteney Selous who favoured its northern areas. In fact much of the Park’s wildlife was hunted out before the area was finally gazetted as a game reserve in 1928.
The north-western section of the Park, Sinamatella, consists of rugged rolling landscapes and exposed basalt outcrops, often covered in light woodland and dissected with seasonal streams draining into the Deka river system and ultimately the Zambezi River. This geography supports a complex mosaic of woodland habitats and open savannah; across the Park dense teak forest in the north gives way to grassland in the south. In between, open grassy vleis lined with acacia scrub lie alongside mopane woodland and isolated palm trees.
Our exclusive bush camp is situated in the heart of the Sinamatella region of the Park, ideally situated to explore the surrounding areas and their wealth of wildlife. Our walking safaris offer you the opportunity to experience the magic of this special region of Hwange wilderness.
Hwange is at its most spectacular during the dry season when these pumped waterholes attract large concentrations of elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, kudu, roan, sable, impala and many other species. Never too far away will be the watching eyes of lion, leopard, cheetah or wild dog, waiting for the opportune moment to strike at the weak or unwary. The lions here are known to bring down juvenile elephant in this Park if given the opportunity.
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