Thursday, 9 April 2015

Hwange National Park

While we stayed at Ivory Safari Lodge for three nights from 11th March, not only did we go on game drives in their own 6,000 acre concession, we visited Hwange National Park, which is the largest national park in Zimbabwe, covering nearly 16,000 sq kilometers.

The park is particularly known for its elephant population, which is one of the largest in the world, and needless to say we saw plenty of elephants! One of the main attractions there is the Nyamandhlovu Platform which provides a prime game viewing area at a pumped water hole. We visited this on a couple of occasions, seeing large herds of elephants, cape buffalo, giraffes, zebra, impala a lone ostrich and many varieties of birds, including a fish eagle, herons and cranes. 

Views from the Nyamandhlovu Platform:-
Elephants
Grey Crowned Crane
Fish Eagle.

A few of the other animals and birds we saw:-
Waterbuck

Leopard Tortoise

Giraffe

Lilac Breasted Roller

Zebra

One evening, on our way back to the lodge, we encountered a male lion walking along the side of the road.
Male Lion 

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