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The Hide

Hwange National Park

Rating: Deluxe    

The Hide overview

The Hide is one of Hwange's best known safari camps, with numerous industry accolades to their name. At the Hide, it's not just about your safari experience, although this is possible the first and foremost consideration, but it's also about your experience in camp, and the staff work hard to provide the perfect safari for you down to the very last detail.

There are 8 deluxe tents, 2 deluxe honeymoon tents and a private safari house. Having recently undergone a facelift, the camp has still retained its authentic charm with the addition of some contemporary finishes. Each spacious tent has an en-suite bathroom, some with baths and some with indoor or outdoor showers. Doors open out onto the veranda, and you can while away some time watching the animals as they frequent the busy waterhole.

The main building is a two storey thatched affair providing excellent views of the waterhole. It is here that you can enjoy delicious meals around a large teak table as you chat with fellow travellers. There's a well stocked bar, a lounge area, a swimming pool and of course a spacious deck where, on warm evenings, dining takes place. 

If you want to get a little more up close and personal with the wildlife, you can visit the sunken hide, metres away from the waterhole, you can almost touch the animals from here and you should get some excellent photographs. Guided walks are popular in Hwange, and these are offered at the Hide, along with game drives. The wildlife in the area is diverse and the concentrations good, birding is also excellent here with over 400 species recorded to date. There are no set times for activities at the Hide, it all revolves around you and what you would like to do and for how long, and there is no limit to the activities you could do each day either.


Open:  The Hide is open all year.

Location: The lodge is situated in the north eastern section of Hwange National Park in a private reserve.

Rooms:  There are 8 deluxe tents, 2 honeymoon tents and one safari house. Facilities include fans, dressing area, writing table and bathroom. Some have a bath and indoor or outdoor shower, others just showers.  Each tent has a private veranda with comfy seating. 

Activities:  Walking safaris, game drives, and visits to the hide are the order of the day at the Hide.

Facilities:   The large central building is split level and overlooks the waterhole. This building houses the bar, lounge and dining area. The spacious deck outfront has seating and a swimming pool, all with views of the waterhole.

Dining:   The food at the Hide is always delicious and plentiful. Meals are served communally, inside our outside depending on the weather and are always a sociable and lively occasion.  

Children:  Children 10 years and older are welcome. They should be kept under supervision at all times. Walking safaris usually have an age restriction of 16.

Health:  This is a malarial area.

Communication:  There no internet, mobile or WiFi at the Hide, there is a landline at reception for use in an emergency.

Notes:   Credit cards are not accepted at the Hide, tips and payments can be made in cash only.

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