Our favourite National Park in Southern Africa is none other than Zimbabwe’s spectacular Hwange. We seem to end up in Hwange every year around the same time and have been lucky enough to experience all levels of accommodation from national Parks to Wilderness safari’s camps. This time around it was a visit to Little Mokololo and I won’t go into all the detail except to say wow…
Little Mokololo is set in it’s own private concession inside the park and can only be assessed via a long drive from Main Camp or a short flight from Victoria Falls. Little Mak is currently one of three Wilderness Safari camp within Hwange with reportedly more in the pipeline in other areas of the park. In true Wilderness Safari fashion the camp is comfortable, well run and the food was outstanding.
Game viewing in Hwange is always exceptional and we find December very rewarding. OK you don’t get to see the huge herds of elephants as they have all dispersed due to the good rains that usually occur. You do however see an abundance of smaller game including the big cats. On this trip we saw: lion (many) three leopards together, bat eared fox AND pups, hyena, sable, genet (hunting in the day) plus many many birds of prey feasting on the flying ant explosions.
We also saw one only elephant which is not unusual for this time of year. If you want to see big herds of elephant come in the winter months when water is scarce and the ellies stay within range of the pumped waterholes.
Our game tally was from only one full days drive around the park added to by the drive in and out.
Our hats go off to Zimbabwe National Parks, there have been some issues re poaching but what park in Africa is completely untouched by this scourge? The poaching is minimal and under control by parks and the private sector. The parks facilities are well kept and clean but most importantly, there is a will to make it all work.
There are some fantastic Hwange safari specials on offer from Wilderness Safaris and we recommend that you get here before Hwange is rediscovered.
A big thank you to Wilderness Safaris staff at Little Makalolo for a memorable stay in Hwange.
Author: Natalie Wood