This is the post I’ve been waiting to write for nearly a month. Even during our Hwange National Park safari, I couldn’t stop thinking about getting to look at all the photos I was taking. And goodness were there a lot! And what an experience it was!! As I shared in my Wild is Life Conservancy post, I absolutely fell in love with Zimbabwe and feel so much more complete having visited the country. And yet I yearn to go back again and again.
While our whole time in Zim was spectacular, it was on the game drives or ‘on safari’ in Hwange that I really fell in love. Our stay at The Hide was spectacular. I shared the beautiful property along with the wonderful people who made our trip that much more special last week. Today I get to share the average day of Hwange safaris, which is truly far from average. I’ve left these photos in the order I took them, so you can get the real feel of a Hwange Nataional Park safari sunrise to sunset.
Hwange National Park Safari
If you remember last week, I shared that there were two musts at The Hide – the last photos are of the second one – an epic memory to be sure…
I talked about safari schedule in last week’s post with the morning, evening, and night drives. Here’s the variety of what you’ll see. The wonderful thing about going out on safari is that you never know what you’ll see. Some days it will be a lot of elephants. The next day, you may only see one or two, but you’ll see zebras in a line, or a tower of giraffe (how many can you see in the photo?).
Some people go out on safari hoping to see certain animals or one of each kind of animal. I don’t think that’s a good way to do it. I think you have to be open to whatever comes your way. If you’re only looking for one animal you won’t be able to properly appreciate everything else you see, which is all truly breathtaking. Yes lions and cheetah are exciting. But then the banana birds sitting stoically in the dead trees are a fun treat. The elephants crossing the road, protecting their babies is a rush. The baboons lounging in the road after what looks like a wild night are hilarious. And, yes, even all of the impala are beautiful. So grab your binoculars, hold on to your cameras, and watch out for those lion tracks. You’re about to go on a Hwange National Park photo safari unlike any other…
My Favorite Memory from Zimbabwe Safari
I mentioned that there were two absolute must dos in Hwange. The first was to take a walk with your guide in lieu of one of the afternoon drives. The second is to take an evening drive out to Imbiza to watch the sunset. The terrain is totally different from everything else we saw – flat and largely barren with palm trees. The sunset, as you can see from the last few photos is spectacular. It’s more than that. It’s awe-inspiring. Emotional really. It’s not to miss!