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Hwange or Kruger National Park?

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Ottawa, Canada
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Hwange or Kruger National Park?

I am going to South Africa for the second time in August and I am having trouble deciding where to go on safari. We will arrive in Johannesburg and stay there for 2 nights, then we're going to Chobe in Botswana for 3 days followed by a few days in Victoria Falls. After Vic Falls, we want to go on safari but we're not sure where to go. Hwange looks interesting and is pretty affordable and we could spend 4 nights there and then fly from Vic Fall to Durban, our next destination. If we go to Kruger (we have been there before), we have to fly from Vic Falls to Johannesburg and spend the night there, leaving us with only 3 nights in Kruger. What would be the best option?

If I did 4 nights in Hwange and 4 nights at Imbabala Safari Lodge and the Elephant Camp in Vic Falls would that be a good experience in August?

West Australia
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reviews: 11
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If you have already been to Kruger, do yourself a favour and try Hwange. You may see less animals than you did in Kruger, but you will have more of a feeling of being in wild Africa.

Washington DC
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after Chobe i think you will find other parks a let down. When we were in VF a while back we met people who went to Mana Pools. I dont know much about it except they had the most amazing experience. If not then maybe a few days extra in Durban and go up to St Lucia.

West Australia
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"after Chobe i think you will find other parks a let down."

It depends what your preferences are. Chobe and Kruger are more crowded and commercialised than places like Hwange and Mana Pools, which represent a more genuinely wild and remote experience.

Destination Expert
for Mana Pools National Park, Marco Island
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I think that after Mana all other parks seem over developed!

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I agree with Nkalamo. If you have been to Kruger then definitely give Hwange a try.

The game there will be superb in August, there are some excellent camps there which are, compared to other places, relatively affordable in August which is peak season and it is easy to access from Vic Falls.

Be warned though - things are booking up fast for July - Sep period as Hwange is getting popular again.

Mana Pools is quite incredible and offers some of the purest and most adventurous 'real Africa' safaris you will find. The walking and canoe safaris in particular are outstanding and many of the camps are small owner operated camps with exceptional guides.

The main problem with Mana at the moment is the cost of access. Solenta, one of the main air charter companies, were doing quite cheap fares but they have stopped operating. I don't know exact prices but I understand that you are now looking at around US$500-600 per person one way just for flights from Vic Falls.

Hwange will be a lot cheaper in that respect as you can do a road transfer there.

Mark, Gondwana Tours & Safaris, Maun

Glasgow, United...
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I have just returned from a trip to Hwange. I had previously been to Kruger. This time we had 3 nights in Hwange at Davison's camp. I would urge you to stay here. The camp was beautiful, and staff were amazing. We didn't see another jeep when out on our game drives. This contrasts with a very busy Kruger. We saw great game. We didn't see any rhinos, but we had seen them previously in the Kruger. Zimbabwe was beautiful and the people were amazing.

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