Hwange was named after a local Nhanzwa chief. It is situated on the historical royal hunting grounds of the Ndebele warrior-king Mzilikazi. Hwange National Park is the largest Park in Zimbabwe. The animals have freedom of movement through Hwange and into Chobe National Park in Botswana, making a very large protected area for the local wildlife.
More than 100 mammal species and more than 400 species of birds are found in Hwange National Park. It is home to one of the world's largest elephant populations (estimated to be as high as 30,000). You can also see giraffe, hippo, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, white rhino, black rhino, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, wild dogs, antelope, and gemsbok.
Bumbusi Ruins - Remote and neglected large stone-wall ruins believed to date from the 18th century, sacred to the Nambya people, the Bumbusi Ruins is about 70km from Hwange town. The engravings and paintings in these ruins are indicated to be from the later stone age.
Hwange National Park is located about an hour's drive from Victoria Falls.
Walking, driving and horseback safaris are popular ways of seeing the wildlife in Hwange.
The park is situated on the main road between Bulawayo and the world famous Victoria Falls, which is the nearest airport. The main camp in Hwange National Park is 200km (124miles) south of Victoria Falls. Air Zimbabwe flies between Harare, Bulawayo and Victoria Falls.