Zimbabwe offers excellent game viewing in terms of both numbers and diversity and for many years was the envy of its neighbours in southern Africa.
Hwange National Park for example is as well known for its large elephant and buffalo herds as it is for the opportunity to view sable, roan, eland, wildebeest, zebra and giraffe at the same waterhole. Situated as it is on the cusp between the sands of the Kalahari and the broad-leafed woodlands of central Zimbabwe, it is also possible to see arid-adapted species such as red hartebeest and gemsbok. Game viewing is good all year round as a result of productive plains that respond to summer rains and the presence of year round waterholes.
Mana Pools National Park situated along the banks of the Zambezi River offers a different kind of game viewing. Here the river dominates the scene. Finding sanctuary within it are large pods of hippo, while attracted to its waters during the dry season are a continual stream of elephant, buffalo, waterbuck, zebra and impala. Eland emerge from the woodlands in increasing numbers as the season dries out and wild dog and cheetah are occasionally seen along with good leopard and lion viewing.