Hwange National Park is the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe. Hwange is situated about 370km from Bulawayo, and at 14 650 km², supports an abundance of game. This has not always been the case, though: the park is named after the African chief Hwange, who lost his lands to the invading Ndebele tribe. The land became a royal hunting ground, which lead to the loss of much of the game.
This accelerated with the arrival of the white man the 19th century, who claimed the land and hunted at will. The national park was created almost by accident. Increasing population numbers meant the country’s animals were pushed further and further into the inhospitable western region on the Botswana border where Hwange lies, and so the national park was created. It's been around for 70 years now and today can claim to have the densest concentration of wildlife in Africa as well as containing the famous "Big Five".
Hwange National Park also has the second highest number of mammals of any national park in the world - a record 108 species! There are also over 400 recorded species of birds and 50 raptors.
Accommodation in Hwange benefits from the beauty of the terrain and the rich variety of wildlife. A wide selection of safari lodges, as well as more affordable backpacker accommodation is available.