Hwange is Zimbabwe’s largest game reserve. The park is about the size of Switzerland and is home to 100 mammal and 400 bird species, including the ‘Big 5’ (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard). The park is famed for it’s thriving elephant population, which is estimated to number around 20 000.
Other species found here include Gemsbok, Brown Hyena, Zebra, Giraffe, Cape Wild Dog, Lion, African Leopard, Spotted Hyena and Cheetah. The Wild Dog population is thought to be one of the largest surviving groups in Africa today.
Some of the birds in Hwange include Bradfield’s Hornbill, Crimson-breasted Shrike, Southern Pied Babbler, Violet-eared Waxbill, Black-faced Waxbill, Meyer’s Parrot, Red-billed Spurfowl, Broad-tailed Paradise-Whydah, Red-billed Oxpecker, Yellow-billed Oxpecker, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Red-footed Falcon, Eurasian Hobby, Racket-tailed Roller, White-breasted Cuckooshrike, Miombo Tit, Miombo Rock-Thrush, Southern Hyliota, Arnot’s Chat, African Golden Oriole.
Two distinct landscapes can be seen in the park. The west and north regions of the park, known as the Sinamatella area, are at a higher altitude with hills and rocky outcrops and have more water. Here the vegetation consists of Mopane forest, and in the areas where more underground water is available, there are also Ebony and Kigelia trees (sausage trees).
The south-east of the park is close to the Kalahari Desert and much drier and arid, with a flat and sandy landscape. Here there is more open grassland than the north with Camel Thorn and Teak Trees, and little natural water in the dry season so animals can be found flocking to the park’s artificial, borehole waterholes.
Bumbusi National Monument
Bumbusi Wilderness Camp gets its name from the nearby Bumbusi National Monument.
The park’s history
The area was officially declared a game reserve in 1928, after a 22-year-old Ted Davidson campaigned to have the region protected from hunters and poachers. The park’s first camp is named Davidson, after the founder.
Read more about the park’s history here – https://www.getaway.co.za/wildlife/beating-heart-hwange/
Hwange National Park Accommodation
There are a number of camps and places to stay in Hwange National Park. Bumbusi Wilderness Camp is an exclusive and private camp located in the northern region of the reserve. The camp is fully serviced and includes a guide and 4X4 vehicle for safari drives. Find out more about the camp here.