Elephants dominate the landscape of Hwange National Park, both visually and ecologically – accounting for 90% of the biomass, according to scientists. Hwange is a key part of the KAZA (Kavango Zambezi) Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA), a region where the borders of five countries converge and home to by far the largest remaining population of elephants on earth. One of the main objectives of the KAZA TFCA is to join fragmented wildlife habitats into interconnected, transboundary wildlife corridors, facilitating the free movement of animals across international boundaries. Hwange alone is home to approximately 46,000 elephants who take advantage of these migratory paths – give or take a few thousand animals, depending on the season and who is counting.
As the dry season progresses, herds of elephants concentrate on shrinking water resources – and ‘super herds’ of more than 300 animals congregate – a spectacle unique to Hwange. Elephants are highly intelligent and social animals, so most of these individuals will know each other. Taking the time to watch them interact is greatly rewarding – the gentle greetings between adults; the youngsters who occasionally need a touch of firm discipline; the adolescent males full of bravado and swagger – until someone older and larger comes along!
The green season also brings fantastic opportunities to witness many elephants, especially down in the southeastern part of Hwange at Bomani and Camelthorn, both of which offer year-round great game viewing! Visit Hwange with Imvelo and enjoy seeing many of these special animals at a beautiful time of year in the park, where everything is lush and green and a photographer’s dream!
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