This is the largest park in Zimbabwe covering 14 650 kilometres and stretching west to Botswana and including a variety of scenery and vegetation including Kalahari, forest, granite hills and mopane. Originally the core area was the hunting ground for the Ndebele king, Mzilikazi, in the 19th century and was proclaimed a national park in 1929. There are no natural water sources in the park, and the enormous elephant population is sustained through artificial waterholes. During the dry season from August to October the concentration of elephants at these waterholes is extraordinary, and you can sit in hides and watch family after family stream to the water holes in processions. Hwange is also a much loved park and a great destination offering excellent viewing of lion, leopard and wild dog. Due to its large size, it’s also possible to enjoy an excellent wilderness experience within the park and more especially in the private concession areas.

The Hide

The Hide was recently renovated in 2014 and now features an underground hide accessed by short walk from main camp to get a unique perspective for photography at the waterhole. The waterhole allows excellent game viewing without leaving camp, but day and night game drives in Hwange National Park can be prolific, especially during the dry season.


Somalisa is owned by the African Bush Camps and comprises three different camps all set within a private concession on the Kennedy vlei line bordering Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.