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Hwange National Park

At dawn I woke up watching the sunrise over Victoria Falls, checked out, got a car and went on a four hour drive to Hwange National Park. The drive was truly stunning. Watching the sunrise over the vast, vast hills, and watching the whole animal empire rise from their sleep was also something quite special.

Three hours into the ride you could start seeing the vast wildlife which was a great time to relax. The roads were not so smooth making it a bumpy ride. When I arrived I went into a lodge which I reserved. The lodge had one bedroom, a bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen with a refrigerator, stove and lounge area. Cooking utensils, cutlery were also provided. Something which I saw from the start was that interior was quite well designed and modern, also the views were amazing, you could see the vast landscapes with the sun shining bright over the beautiful scenery.

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Towards the end of the morning, I went on a stroll going far into the Hwange National Park hoping to see god's creation. During this stroll I saw something quite peculiar, the park has an interesting variety of landscapes with one part right next to the North-eastern end where the Kalahari desert lies. The south is sandy with broad forests and open grassland. Also, there is ancient fossil dunes - ancient sand dunes held together by vegetation which is quite stunning to look at. What I was really looking for were animals, during the stroll I only saw a couple of birds, I wanted to see more.

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I went back and asked one of locals there if he could take me on a safari ride, he said “yes”. As we were driving away from civilization I asked him about what animals we might spot, he answered “Hwange National Park is one of Africa’s sanctuary for wildlife, home for vast herds of elephant, buffalo, zebra and a very large cluster of giraffe. It is also home to many predators, and endangered species and diverse birdlife. The park holds 105 mammal species plus 19 large herbivores and eight carnivores” “A large population of wild dogs found in Hwange is said to be on of the largest surviving groups in africa. Due to the lack of water, man made waterholes were created to sustain the animals through the dry season.” he added. As the local said, we spotted herds of Elephants, Buffalo and Zebras which for me was a once in a lifetime experience, I really do recommend to do the same.

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After the wonderful ride, the local and I headed back during the sunset which was absolutely stunning, watching the birds head back to their nest tweeting away - I arrived in a nick of time to watch the rest of the stunning sunset, it was truly breathtaking.

Posted by joan.. 08:07 Archived in Zimbabwe

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