HWANGE NATIONAL PARK
In the nineteen century this land was the royal hunting reserve of Mzilikazi and his successor Lobengula.
It was declared a game reserve in 1928 and with neighbouring Robins Game sanctuary, become a national park under he National Park Act of 1949. Originally Robins Game sanctuary belonged to H G Robins, a cattle rancher.Because his herds were constantly under attack by lion and leopard, Robins turned the ranch into a wildlife preserve. Later in exchange for a new house and a water supply he gave the sanctuary to the government.
Situated in the south west of Zimbabwe between Bulawayo and Victoria Falls. There are two distinct geographic zones, neither are able to support viable agriculture. The flora of the well drained northern area, part of the Zambezi watershed, is dominated by mopane and mixed terminalia, which is distinctly different from the rest.
Covering more than 5,863 square miles or 3,607,738.,569 aces it has more animals and a greater variety of species -107- than any other park in the country, and more than 400 species of birds.
Water remains the single most important management factor in Hwange's continued existence - absolutely vital to the survival of what is perhaps Africa's single largest concentration of elephant.The constant maintenance of the artificial but natural looking water pans, complete with resident hippo's and crocodile, has been a major factor sustaining this ecological treasury. Without them Hwange national park would return to the empty wasteland it once was, animals would die in their thousands.
Winter Months - Mid May, June, July, early August, although the days are warm with beautiful blue skies, the evenings can get extremely cold and temperatures below freezing are not uncommon, so definitely bring warm clothing. It's cold I promise you!
Summer months - September through to May. Hot to extremely hot days and warm evenings.
Rainy season - Generally between late November and April although the occasional rain can occur out of these dates.
Best Game Viewing Months
August, September, October and early November are by far the best months for game viewing in this park. Water becomes extremely scarce and the animals congregate around the few pumped waterholes. Sitting patiently and quietly at one of these water holes will reward you with very good game viewing.
During the rainy season from late November through to April, a completely different park emerges to that of the dry season. Parched savannahs turn into lush fields with an abundance of grazing. The animals disperse and game viewing becomes limited. It's called the green season and has it's own magic as this is when the park and all the animals rejuvenate themselves, feeding like crazy on the abundance of food. Newly born animals can be seen everywhere and the birdlife is absolutely prolific.