The green season and it’s wonders
There is no spring in Hwange. Summer starts immediately in September with the days and nights starting to warm up in preparation of the rain to come. There is usually no rain until late October beginning November which means guests will see the big herds of elephant and other game at the waterholes they compete for depleting water during these months
Rains in Hwange are a dramatic affair. Huge clouds roll in, drop their precious water, and it’s all over; it is very rare for it to rain continuously over many days. The first rains transform Hwange from a dry dusty landscape to a vivid green carpet of grass shoots. It is also the time when the plains game drop their young, bringing in turn the predators in search of a meal. Elephant herds disperse when water is easier for them to find, but the older bulls and family herds may still be seen at the waterholes and big herds of buffalo can still be seen.
Another spectacle of summer are the termite blooms after a rainfall. They attract a multitude of birds – especially carmine bee-eaters that swoop and feast on the flying bounty. Vultures, baboons and any many other creatures all vie for these tasty snacks making for interesting game viewing.
A favourite part of the summer experience is that one gets to see a lot more of the unusual species like the cute bat eared fox, black backed and side striped jackals, the shy steenbok and even the very elusive aardvark. Of the big cat species guests may probably get to view lions in summer as they are territorial and patrol their boundaries but it is still possible to see leopard and cheetah.
Hwange in summer is my personal favourite time. Fewer tourists, beautiful colours, unbelievable birdlife and a complete array of wildlife will keep you entertained on every game drive.
Why go to Hwange in summer at a glance