Hwange National Park, at 14,651 sq km, is the largest National Park in Zimbabwe and one of Africa’s great wilderness areas. It was granted Game reserve status in 1928 and proclaimed a National Park in 1961.
Hwange has always been renowned for its incredible diversity of wildlife, and to this day it boasts more varieties of mammal and bird species than any other Zimbabwean National Park. There are over 100 species of mammals, including large herbivores such as Cape buffalo, eland, sable and wildebeest, and over 400 bird species. However, the area is particularly famous for its population of elephant, some 44,000 strong at the last aerial survey. When combined with the elephants of northern Botswana, this is the world’s largest contiguous elephant population and a flagship for the Kavango-Zambezi Trans Frontier Conservation Area.