Total transfer time to Hwange National Park is 3.5 hours, done in an enclosed minibus.
At the lodge.
This morning, we will head south to Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s premier safari destination. Hwange is legendary for its wonderful array of wildlife, particularly the massive herds of elephant and buffalo. In the summer months, large antelope herds migrate onto the plains, closely followed by large predators. Shallow pans are spread throughout the park, around which wildlife congregate, making for excellent and reliable game viewing. Elephant, Cape buffalo, sable, roan, southern giraffe, blue wildebeest, impala and sometimes even gemsbok (oryx) can be seen here. This park is one of the best for predators - lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah are regularly sighted, along with the smaller African wildcat, serval, honey badger, civet and spotted hyena. Bird life in the area is also prolific, with more than 400 species found.
Lunches at Ivory Lodge will be small buffets with a starter, main dish with side, and dessert. Dishes often vary between brunch and lunch offerings. All local brand beverages, water and coffee/tea provided; premium brand alcohol available for purchase.
The early afternoon will be at leisure to rest, relax, or explore the lodge's wildlife viewing hide. Over afternoon tea, our Group Leader will give a lecture on elephant social structure, behavior and culling issues. Following the lecture, we will board our safari vehicles for a late afternoon game drive, searching out the Presidential Herd of elephants resident in the area, as well as other animal and bird life.
Dinner tonight will be a plated meal at the lodge consisting of a salad or starter, main course with side, and dessert. All local brand beverages, water and coffee/tea provided; premium brand alcohol available for purchase.
A short night game drive will be offered in search of the nocturnal species active in the area.