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Hwange National Park reviews

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“Stop by the spotted dog santcuary!!” - Laurapattara

Ideal for those short on time: Vic Falls & Elephants in one swift drive!

Laurapattara
Views: 557 Visited: Mar 2010 Reviewed: May 17, 2013

Hwange’s a brilliant park located not too far from Victoria Falls making it the ideal game park should you wish to get the best of Africa in one short visit. This was the first ever game park I visited, before returning to Africa to work for three years.

We’d originally planned to do a day trip here but were advised against it because the roads from Vic Falls were not very good at the time. Totally happy that we managed to squeeze in a 3-day trip instead, because the park really deserved it. Our first game sighting was an elephant on the road out of Vic Falls on the Zambian side and we spent like an hour looking at him...not knowing that we’d see absolutely huge herds for the nest three days! (lol)

Anyway, I remember falling in love with this park and even in retrospect I’d rate it as one of the best. A LOT more luscious then I’d expected (considering its close proximity to the desert) and absolutely brimming with wildlife, which is no easy feat in Zimbabwe, especially in the last few years when poaching has been rather strife.

We stayed at the self-catering camps both nights and they were more than fine, if not a little simple. When we win the lotto and come back we’ll definitely pick one of the 5* lodges...geeeez they looked divine!

My highlights here would be an almost eye-to-eye meet with a hyena during a night drive and a camp visiting family of Pumbas!!!

Expect to see a lot of elephants and lots of birds, along with most big game and enjoy gorgeous walks to watering holes. All in all, ideally located and just grand.

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