Hwange National Park is in west Zimbabwe. Its grasslands and mopane woods are home to large elephant herds, lions and African wild dogs. In the northwest, animals gather at Mandavu and Masuma dams, where there are concealed lookouts. Bumbusi National Monument includes 18th-century ruins and pre-colonial rock carvings. In the southeast, waterholes include the Nyamandhlovu Pan, with its elevated viewing platform
Drift to the waterhole
Lion and curbs
Jackal at easy
The 14 651sq.km park has more than 20 000 elephants and large populations of buffalo, giraffe, zebra, sable and impala.
Hwange has one of Africa's four viable wild dog populations and has reasonable numbers of the endangered brown hyaena and the rare gemsbok.
The park is made up of two main landscape types - the basaltic northern region, which is mostly mopane woodland with strips of riverine bush and lots of baobabs, and the Kalahari sands flatlands which cover two-thirds of the park's surface.