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Stew Gitlin | profile | all galleries >> Africa - Botswana, Nambia and Zimbabwe >> Hwange National Park tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Chobe National Park | Mudumu National Park | The Okavango Delta | Hwange National Park | Victoria Falls

Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park is the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe. It covers over 14,600 square kilometres. The park is close to the edge of the Kalahari desert, a region with little water and very sparse, semi-arid vegetation.

The Park hosts 105 mammal species, including 19 large herbivores and eight large carnivores. All Zimbabwe's specially protected animals are to be found in Hwange and it is the only protected area where gemsbok and brown hyena occur in reasonable numbers. The population of African wild dogs to be found in Hwange is thought to be of one of the largest surviving groups in Africa today.

Elephants have been enormously successful in Hwange and the population has increased to far above that naturally supported by such an area. However there have been consecutive years of drought in the Hwange region and this population of elephants has put a lot of strain on the resources of the park. There has been a lot of debate on how to deal with this, and culling may well be the only solution.

While in Hwange NP, we stayed at Linkwasha Tented Camp in a beautiful setting with a watering hole about 50 yards from the observation area of the Camp. As you'll see from some of the pictures, elephants were a prime user of the watering hole, and even came to the lodge and drank out of a little splash pool by the main lodge area. Cabins are very spread out at the camp, and each cabin has its own indoor and outdoor showering facility. You can watch the wildlife while showering, and they can watch you :)
On Our Way to Hwange
On Our Way to Hwange
t1%2f28%2f417028%2f4%2f116128101.IACJP7KJ.jpg t1%2f28%2f417028%2f4%2f116128102.AEWdayZx.jpg My Cabin, About a 1/3 of a Mile From the Main Lodge
My Cabin, About a 1/3 of a Mile From the Main Lodge
t1%2f28%2f417028%2f4%2f116128117.nXsnFOfy.jpg Outdoor Showering Facility (there's one indoors also :)
Outdoor Showering Facility (there's one indoors also :)
Lilac-breasted Roller
Lilac-breasted Roller
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t1%2f28%2f417028%2f4%2f116128099.Yk6JN7LC.jpg t1%2f28%2f417028%2f4%2f116128100.VNv2mZ4Z.jpg Secretary Bird
Secretary Bird
 Wildebeests, Formerly Called Gnus
Wildebeests, Formerly Called Gnus
t1%2f28%2f417028%2f4%2f116128098.5SXsPgyx.jpg A Herd of Sable
A Herd of Sable
t1%2f28%2f417028%2f4%2f116128106.AqT0DLEl.jpg Sable
Sable
t1%2f28%2f417028%2f4%2f116128114.UvKAlXMB.jpg Our Only Lion Sighting.  A Pride of about 12 or 13 Lions Spotted at a Watering Hole at Sunset
Our Only Lion Sighting. A Pride of about 12 or 13 Lions Spotted at a Watering Hole at Sunset
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t1%2f28%2f417028%2f4%2f116128122.OI5Jh4jM.jpg Lion Pride
Lion Pride
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t1%2f28%2f417028%2f4%2f116128126.PGbUQkGy.jpg Ostrich
Ostrich
A Water Hole Project Sponsored by Grand Circle Foundation at a Village in Zimbabwe
A Water Hole Project Sponsored by Grand Circle Foundation at a Village in Zimbabwe
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t1%2f28%2f417028%2f4%2f116128131.rB1TrNnh.jpg t1%2f28%2f417028%2f4%2f116128164.k1PCAQCQ.jpg As You Can See, These Guys are Right Outside Our Lodge
As You Can See, These Guys are Right Outside Our Lodge
Symmetry in Motion
Symmetry in Motion
t1%2f28%2f417028%2f4%2f116128134.Fqek1Wpr.jpg  A Hyena Clan
A Hyena Clan
t1%2f28%2f417028%2f4%2f116128096.jFHIz5Ek.jpg t1%2f28%2f417028%2f4%2f116128135.p9un8Rkr.jpg
t1%2f28%2f417028%2f4%2f116128136.wLkYd4ZK.jpg Hyena Clan
Hyena Clan
Hyena Cubs
Hyena Cubs
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Fiery-necked Night Jar
Fiery-necked Night Jar
Spotted Eagle-owl
Spotted Eagle-owl
Bat-eared Fox
Bat-eared Fox
Our Guide Lawrence with Elephant Skull, on a Game/Nature Walk
Our Guide Lawrence with Elephant Skull, on a Game/Nature Walk
Checking Us Out
Checking Us Out
Checking Us Out Some More
Checking Us Out Some More
 Yellow-billed Hornbill or Commonly Called the Flying  Banana
Yellow-billed Hornbill or Commonly Called the Flying Banana
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Elands, the Largest of the Antelope Family
Elands, the Largest of the Antelope Family
Eland
Eland
Seeing Eye to Eye
Seeing Eye to Eye
Baboon and Termite Mound
Baboon and Termite Mound
t1%2f28%2f417028%2f4%2f116128158.0FLuUw4Z.jpg Steenbok
Steenbok
Kori Bustard, the Heaviest Flying Bird
Kori Bustard, the Heaviest Flying Bird
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t1%2f28%2f417028%2f4%2f116128162.20ZlVrXW.jpg t1%2f28%2f417028%2f4%2f116128163.KjlsIQnb.jpg A Goliath Heron and Friends
A Goliath Heron and Friends
 An OAT Traveler Getting Ready to Rough it in the Bush (not from our group)
An OAT Traveler Getting Ready to Rough it in the Bush (not from our group)