Hwange National Park is the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe with 14,500 square kilometres. Open plains with Kalahari sand alternate with dense mopane forests and acacia bushes. The park offers one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in Africa.
Hwange National Park becomes very dry during from June to October. Large herds of buffalo and elephant are attracted to the artificial waterholes. The waterholes are operated by a pump that is powered by a windmill, a typical sight in Hwange.
Conservation is difficult in a country as poor as Zimbabwe and private initiatives are paramount. The private camps have ensured that the park and its infrastructure survived during the Mugabe period, and they are now fighting again to ensure that nature conservation measures in the Covid-19 period are not stopped due to lack of funds.