Travel directions to Hwange National Park
An unlicensed airstrip exists at Main Camp for private/ charter aircraft. Prior permission to land must be obtained at Main Camp. Please note there are no hangars. Hwange National Park Airport is situated nearby and is preferable. There is an untarred airstrip at Sinamatela for which permission must be obtained before landing. The condition of the airstrip must be checked before attempting to fly into Sinamatela and landing there.
It is usually possible from May to October to enter the Park by any designated access road and to drive to any of the camps. During the wet season though, advice should be sought as to the best routes. Please note that the camps are interconnected by a road network, however, the roads are not always in the best of conditions.
To MAIN Camp
The turn-off to Main Camp is at the 264,5 kilometre peg on the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls Road. From here a tar road (15 kilometres) leads to the Park boundary at the railway crossing, a short distance from the Camp.
To Sinamatela Camp
A tar then gravel road branches off the main Bulawyo – Victoria Falls Road near the town of Hwange. The Camp is reached 40 kilometres further on a good dirt road.
Picnic and Camping Sites
Camping is permissible in Hwange National Park at Shumba, Kapula, Mandavu Dam, Masuma, Ngweshla, Jambile, Kennedy 1, Guvalala, and Detema Picnic Sites. Each site consists of an enclosed picnic area (usually with shady trees or thatch cover) and a small ablution block with running water. Groups of up to 10 people may camp overnight at these areas but the sites are also open to all visitors during daytime.
HWANGE NATIONAL PARK OVERVIEW
Hwange boasts a selection of wildlife with over 100 species of mammals and nearly 400 bird species have been recorded. The elephants of Hwange are world famous and the Park’s elephant population is one of the largest in the World. Hwange National Park is the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe. Due to its close proximity to the Kalahari desert, flora such as Zambezi Teak, Sand Camwood (Baphia) and Kalahari bauhinia can be found in the area. The park is also home to over 100 mammal and 400 bird species. Elephants have been enormously successful in Hwange and the population has increased too far above that naturally supported by such an area.
The Park has 3 distinctive Camps and administrative offices at Robins, Sinamatela and the largest of the three, the Main Camp.
The park covers an area of 5,656miles² (14,651km²) with an average altitude 3,300 ft (1,000m) above sea level.
It is situated on the main Bulawayo to Victoria Falls road in the northwest corner of Zimbabwe and borders Botswana.
Hwange has a good selection of roads however some are in need of repairs and visitors must take special care when driving around. Many of the roads are all weather but some get boggy during the rainy season and are closed. There is no off-road or night driving in the National Park. This is a malaria area so please take the necessary precautions.