When it comes to experiencing a safari, there’s no better place on the planet to do so than the wide open planes of Africa. And with an array of National Parks on offer, it’s certainly easy to figure out where to go according to what you want to see. While the Kruger National Park is a firm favourite amongst travellers to Africa, for its rich history and spectacular African wildlife, Hwange National Park is a lesser-known alternative that could actually prove a better option when it comes to enjoying an exciting safari experience.
We take a look at some of the reasons why you ought to consider Hwange National Park over the Kruger National Park when you next make the trek to Africa in an effort to explore its vast landscapes and witness the beauty of its fauna and flora.
Wildlife, wildlife, wildlife
While the Kruger National Park is renowned as a destination for viewing Africa’s famous Big 5, Hwange always play home to these creatures, as well as others, in impressive numbers. Elephants makes up the largest proportion of Hwange’s biomass and the wild dog population is one of the largest groups surviving in Africa today. The Park is home to many predators and even some endangered species, while the birdlife is varied and offers twitchers the chance to spot the up to 400 species that frequent the area.
An authentic experience
Due to its popularity, the Kruger National Park can often be quite crowded with tourists and, as a result, can also end up providing you with a more commercial version of a safari experience. Hwange, despite being Zimbabwe’s largest national park, is still more genuinely wild and delivers a more remote and authentic African safari experience. With an array of camps and lodges to choose from, you’ll also find the perfect accommodation solution to suit your needs, whether it’s staying in the lap of luxury at an eco-lodge like Elephant’s Eye, Hwange or camping beneath the stars at one of the sites in the park.
Due to its vast size, Kruger National Park can be rather limited when it comes to the variety of activities you can enjoy there. Hwange, while being remote and secluded, is still close enough to some of Zimbabwe’s most incredible attractions, that you’ll easily run out of hours in the day with which you can experience it all. Situated on the main road between Bulowayo and the World Wonder of the Victoria Fall, you’ll be able to find something incredible to do before and after your game drives in the Park. Adventure junkies can get their pulses racing by bungee-jumping from the Victoria Falls bridge, white water rafting on the Zambezi River or enjoying a helicopter trip in the sky, while lovers of culture and history can explore the towns and cities of Zimbabwe while exploring its history and learning more about the friendly locals.
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