THE HIDE - HWANGE NATIONAL PARK
The Hide is located in a prime position in Hwange National Park and has fantastic game viewing right on your doorstep. The lodge overlooks a wildlife-rich waterhole and offers spacious deluxe, family and honeymoon tents.
Guests are accommodated in 10 beautifully-furnished deluxe tents with ensuite bathrooms and private verandas overlooking the busy waterhole.
Adventures include day and night game drives, guided bush walks and exceptional game viewing in the seclusion of the camp’s unique underground hides. After an exhilarating day of game viewing, guests can retreat to the cool refuge of the camp’s swimming pool.
Experience a night at the exclusive Dove’s Nest and enjoy a wild safari stay under the starry African skies in a treehouse. Families with children under the age of 12 and small groups of friends may prefer The Private Hide or Tom's Little Hide.
The Hide is a founding member of the Conservation and Wildlife Fund and Friends of Hwange.
The Hide is located in a private concession within the Hwange National Park on the eastern boundary. You can reach the camp by a 35 minute light aircraft flight between Victoria Falls Airport and Umsthibi Airfield and The Hide is just 40 minutes game drive from Umtshibi or 1.5 hour’s drive from Hwange Main Airport through the National Park.
The Hide has just ten comfortable and spacious deluxe, family deluxe and honeymoon deluxe tents. The tents are all very different with indoor and/or outdoor bathtubs and showers. They are fan cooled for your comfort in summer and have extra warm blankets and hot water bottles for the cool winter months. Outside the tents have a private veranda overlooking the waterhole. One tent is wheelchair friendly.
The main area is a huge A frame wood and thatch building housing a comfortable lounge and dining area and there is a wooden deck in front with safari chairs and a fire pit – all overlooking the waterhole. There are stairs leading to an area at the top of the A-Frame which houses a lounge and a small museum. A smaller A frame houses the bar and another lounge area and there is a swimming pool with sun loungers.
The Hide has two photographic hides overlooking the waterhole – one you can walk to from the lodge deck and the other your guide will escort you to, as it is further away.
The Hide’s secret getaway The Dove’s Nest is located just 10 minutes away from the main lodge and overlooks the open tree-lined vlei and pan where giraffe and elephants come down to drink. After enjoying dinner at The Hide a guide will take you on a night drive to The Dove’s Nest which is built to accommodate two people and is protected by large canvas gauze windows. Your guide will arrive in the early morning and drive you back to camp for breakfast.
ACTIVITIES AND WILDLIFE
Guided Walks - morning and afternoon guided walks are offered at The Hide Safari Camp. While located within the Hwange National Park the camp is also surrounded by a private concession where you can enjoy walking safaris.
Day and Night Game Drives - morning and afternoon game drives as well as night drives with a spotlight are offered.
The Underground Hide and Wine Cellar - you can go directly from the deck into the underground hide and observe wildlife at the water hole. There is a real wine cellar in the walls of the tunnel cooled at 17 degrees Celsius, ambient-lit and stocked with a small selection of fine wines from around the world.
Birding - The Hwange National Park has a notable bird population with over 400 species recorded to date - the variety is truly astonishing.
Neil Fairlie - Photographic Guide at The Hide - a native Zimbabwean Neil Fairlie is a professional wildlife documentary filmmaker with a profound knowledge and deep respect for Africa and its wildlife. His formal experience spans a decade including the recent series Our Planet, but his intimate knowledge of the bush, natural instincts and his skill in capturing unique moments of animal behaviour on film make him a brilliant photographic safari guide.
The Hide Community Trust is a non-profit organisation that was established in 2015 by The Hide Safari Camp. The aim of The Hide Community Trust is to support rural communities who live amongst wildlife on the borders of Hwange National Park to ensure the long-term conservation of the natural resource base while facilitating sustainable community development.
The core ethos of the Trust is that effective and long-term conservation cannot exist without sustainable community development. We believe in primarily working with women because they have a real need to provide for their families however most often it is the women who are uneducated and unemployed. The trust aims to help empower women, their children and ultimately the community at large.
THE HIDE IS OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND
THE MAIN LODGE WELCOME FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN OF 12 YEARS AND OLDER.
FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN WE RECOMMEND EITHER THE PRIVATE HIDE OR TOM’S LITTLE HIDE WHICH DO NOT HAVE ANY AGE RESTRICTIONS