At Hwange National Park, you’ll have a chance to see wildlife like you’ve never seen it before. Most of the big safari animals live here, including the Big Five. Hwange is also the only Zimbabwe reserve where you have a good chance of seeing brown hyenas and the gemsbok, or South African oryx.
The park is home to eight kinds of large carnivores, including African wild dogs, lions, leopards, spotted hyenas and cheetahs. The endangered pangolin also lives here, but can be hard to find.
Birds are plentiful too. Large ground-dwelling birds like ostriches, southern ground hornbills, and kori bustards are easy to spot. For a fun challenge, look for smaller songbirds like the racket-tailed roller, a sky-blue bird named for its long tail feathers with rounded “paddles” at the tips. Birds of prey include the martial eagle, yellow-billed kite, Dickinson’s kestrel, Cape griffon, pearl-spotted owlet, and African hobby.
When is the best time for birdwatching? To see the most species, visit in the wet season, which lasts from November to March. This is when the most migratory birds are around. In the dry season, they fly off to Europe and Northern Africa.