Hwange National Park is the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe at 14 500 km² with varied habitats and vegetation types.
The park is predominately Kalahari sandveld supporting teak and mopane woodlands, dry Acacia scrub.
It is interspersed with saltpans and grasslands that support enormous species diversity and provide a true wilderness experience.
The camp’s six rooms have en-suite facilities, with both indoor and outdoor showers.
The living areas include a dining room, lounge, plunge pool and an open fire area for those convivial evening fireside tales.
There is a log pile hide overlooking the waterhole in front of camp where guests can enjoy wildlife viewing during the siesta hours.
Activities at Little Makalolo Camp centre on open 4 x 4 Land Rover game drives and guided nature walks throughout the Makalolo concession.
The area’s large number of waterholes attracts game in both quantity and variety.
In the winter months Hwange is literally home to a Noah’s Ark parade of animals as they come down to quench their thirst.
Open all year round
Located on the border with Botswana, Hwange was proclaimed some 75 years ago and has served as a haven for one of the densest concentrations of game in Africa.
In particular, its great herds of Cape buffalo and elephant (nearly 30,000) are a sight to see. Hwange has some of the highest mammal diversity for any national park in the world.
With over 100 species the diversity is incredible: slender mongoose, yellow mongoose, banded mongoose, Selous mongoose, dwarf mongoose, honey badger, black-backed jackal, bat-eared fox, side-striped jackal, lesser bushbaby, vervet monkey, baboon, porcupine, aardwolf, spotted hyaena, caracal, leopard, African wildcat, lion, scrub hare, southern giraffe, hippo, springhare, warthog and Burchell’s zebra.
Antelope often seen in the area include common duiker, eland, roan antelope, impala, kudu, sable, steenbok, waterbuck and blue wildebeest.
White rhino is another special sight to see here. Wilderness Safaris has recently helped translocate a number of these wonderful beasts into the protected park.
The park is also home to a varied bird community.
Typical drier Kalahari birds include Red-billed Spurfowl, Crimson-breasted Shrike, Kalahari Scrub-Robin, Cut-throat Finch, Red-eyed Bulbul and Southern Pied Babbler.
A Bat Hawk and African Hobby (summer only) are good finds here, and sometimes seen at dusk hunting bats and swifts.
The plains are alive with pipits, larks and wheatears like African Pipit, Dusky Lark (in summer) and Capped Wheatear.
Raptors are plentiful including Martial Eagle, four vulture species and accipiters like the Shikra.
In the summer months the bird list is greatly increased by migratory species like Southern Carmine Bee-eaters, Black Kites, Broad-billed Rollers, various cuckoo species, Abdims Storks and European Bee-eater.