What to See & Do

Visit the Painted Dog Conservation Centre, which supports the rehabilitation of wild dogs. These beautiful animals, which can only be found in Africa, were near extinction only a few years ago... The wild dog population diminished from 500 000 to just over 3 000 over the past 10 years due to hunting, snares, poaching, road-kills and bounty hunters. However, thanks to the passion and support of the Painted Dog Conservation Centre many wild dogs have been rehabilitated and reintroduced into the national parks in Zimbabwe.

The Painted Dog Conservation Centre in Hwange has achieved many amazing results, such as; removed over a 1000 snares, fitted wild dogs with special dog collars that prevents their death in the snares, decreased road mortalities, signed a cease fire with farmers, rehabilitated orphaned wild dogs, increased the dog population, set up a community conservation centre at Hwange National Park and signed off on special legislation to protect the Wild Dogs (Parks and Wildlife Act)

By visiting the Painted Dog Conservation Centre you will help to support their cause; they accept donations and all of the funds charged at the centre go directly towards the rehabilitation and protection of the wild dogs in Zimbabwe.

Hwange National Park is also well known for its exceptional wildlife viewing opportunities. Boasting an incredible variety of wildlife, including over 100 species of birds, 105 mammal species, 19 large herbivores and 8 large carnivores, including the Big Five, you are sure to have a memorable experience. The populations of wild dog and elephant in Hwange are thought to be among the largest surviving groups in the world, and large herds of zebra and giraffe as well as reasonable numbers of gemsbok and brown. Walking, driving and horseback safaris are all available.

The best time to visit Hwange National Park, in terms of game-viewing, is between June and October, when the temperature is hot during the day but can drop to below freezing at night. During these dry winter months the animals are concentrated around the man-made waterholes. The summer season generally starts with fresh rains in November, bringing the arrival of migrant birds and the movement of mammals in search of fresh growth. The bush gets thick, insects flourish, birding improves, and game viewing deteriorates.

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