Hwange National Park
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Hwange has a unique collection of Zimbabwe’s endangered species, elephants numbering in excess of 20,000 (up from around 4,000 when the park was proclaimed), and what is thought to be one of the largest populations of African wild dog left in the world.
Large prides of lion and buffalo are frequently seen here and you have a good chance of spotting leopard and rhino in addition to cheetah and spotted hyena.
The wild and woolly brown hyena also occurs here and is something of a rarity. A significant feature of Hwange is the absence of permanent surface water.
The park has an interesting variety of landscapes with one part running alongside the North-eastern end of the Kalahari Desert. The south is sandy with extensive forests and open grassland.
A feature of the area is ancient fossil dunes - ancient sand dunes held together by vegetation. During the hot summer rains between December and March the bush becomes lush and the wildlife disperses.
Between June and October, the winter months see the bush rapidly dry and thin out, all but a few waterholes remain, and the wildlife is concentrated and easy to spot.