Herd of elephants drinking at a water hole at Hwange National Park

Safaris to Hwange National Park

About Hwange National Park

Spanning out over nearly 15,000 square kilometres, Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe's biggest national park and a hub of life and activity. Given the immense size of the area, the topography is incredibly varied throughout the park, changing according to the season. From dry savannah bush to granite hills to lush, green valleys and hills, the scenery of Hwange National Park is unrivalled in the country. Of course, the entire landscape changes when the rains stop. Cracked, dry salt pans pepper the ground and the vegetation shrivels and wilts, making the park look like a completely different place.

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Hwange National Park Tours

Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Hwange National Park

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Elephant Lodge Safari

7 days FROM $3,809
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Botswana Lodge Explorer

10 days FROM $3,809
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Southern Circuit

23 days FROM $1,999
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Cheetahs, Canyons & Coast

33 days FROM $2,599
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Safari in the South

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Hwange National Park Hotels

If you are planning a Hwange National Park holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Elephants Eye Sable Sands Hwange National Park

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Looking out onto a waterhole, the Elephant's Eye lodge presents an unforgettable experience in the African bush. All chalets are spacious, private, and designed to offer the best views with maximum comfort. They are also decorated with authentic African detail throughout. When you're not game driving you can enjoy sundowners by the pool or take a bath in the tub that has been perfectly positioned to look out across the waterhole. This accommodation is located in a private concession 13km from the entrance to Hwange National Park.

Hwange Safari Lodge Hwange National Park

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

All rooms overlook either the waterhole, savanna bush or swimming pool. Guests shouldn’t be too surprised if they can spot a curious elephant from their window. The rooms are comfortable and stylish with bright colours. When it comes to dining, guests have the choice of an a la carte menu or a bush-style dinner buffet. The lodge is situated just outside the borders of the well-known Hwange National Park, and essentially forms part of the Park.

Ivory Lodge Hwange National Park

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Ivory Lodge is a small, intimate lodge featuring luxurious suites set on elevated platforms. The rooms are left relatively open, bar mosquito nets, to complete the bush experience. From the accommodation, guests can expect to see some of the park's wildlife wandering through the lodge grounds. Elephants and buffalo both make regular appearances in the area. Ivory Lodge is set on its own 6 000 acre conservancy bordering Hwange National Park which is the largest National Park in Zimbabwe – equivalent in size to Wales.

Somalisa Camp Hwange National Park

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Somalisa camp is a small intimate tented accommodation tucked away subtly under the canopy of an acacia tree island on an ancient river system. This unbeatable wild elephant sanctuary is known for its large herds of these majestic creatures and the Somalisa concession in Hwange National Park offers you exceptional game viewing opportunities from the minute you set foot outside of your tent. Somalisa Camp is set right at the heart of Hwange National Park.

The Hide Safari Camp Hwange National Park

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: Deluxe Lodge

The Hide is a beautiful camp with luxurious tents that have views over the waterhole. The tents are all individually styled and have either outdoor showers or huge baths. Many of the accommodations offer guests the possibilities of both private and communal dining. From the pool and surrounding area of the camp, visitors will get spectacular views out over the park. The camp is located within the Hwange National Park and is also surrounded by a private concession.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

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Cultural Experiences, Local Partners OTG Handpicked
Cultural Experiences, Local Partners

On our OTG Handpicked range we bring you best-of-the-best cultural experiences in destinations where you’ll join travellers from other travel brands on your tour, safari or sailing holiday. Collaborating with our carefully handpicked portfolio of local partners, these holidays represent exceptional value and there’ll be plenty of cultural experiences shared with other like-minded travellers.

Group sizes and accommodation standards vary by destination where typical group size is 18 travellers and hotels, boats and safari lodges are of a 3-4 star standard.

Active Days, Rustic Nights OTG Adventure
Active Days, Rustic Nights

Our OTG Adventure takes you to the true heart of adventurous destinations. Whether camping in the Okavango Delta, staying in rustic accommodation in the Peruvian Amazon or camping under the Saharan stars in Morocco, this range forsakes just a little bit of the comfort of OTG Signature Range, ensuring we deliver you the best value possible for your holiday.

OTG Adventure takes you straight into the centre of where it’s all at, typically using local transport or overland style vehicles and stay at simple, clean and locally-owned guest houses, haciendas, eco-lodges and simple hotels to maximize the opportunity to interact with the locals.

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