Situated along the eastern side of Hwange National Park, The Hide is about two hours' drive south from Hwange's main camp. It's one of the oldest, most established camps in Hwange. All tented suites and the main camp with its upper-level hide overlook an active vlei and waterhole. One of the best features of this camp is the eye-level game viewing hide right at the waterhole.
- Small, intimate camp – only 10 luxury tented suites
- Looks over an active waterhole with game viewing hide
- Complimentary treehouse sleepout
- Abundant game viewing and bird life
- Huge herds of elephant and buffalo are common visitors
- Surrounded by private concession for bushwalks and game viewing activities
- Comfortable game viewing hide near waterhole (accompanied by an armed ranger)
- Family-owned with an emphasis on superb hospitality
Situated in game-rich Hwange National Park, the Hide Safari Camp is surrounded by its own private concession and enjoys the best of both worlds. Day drives are within the park, and after-hours and night drives are conducted on their concession. Their open safari vehicles are designed for comfort: 2 seats abreast with a handy central console for storing your binocs, field guides and other items.
Intimate private camp
Renovated in 2018, the Hide has only 10 tented chalets under thatch, of which two are luxury units and two others are family units. Tom's Little Hide, which sleeps eight in two family units, can be booked as a group unit. The Private Hide is an exclusive 'camp within a camp' which now has its own swimming pool and deck area.
All tented suites have views over the waterhole and are en-suite; some have outdoor showers and out-sized baths. The tents are mosquito proofed with overhead fans. One tent is designed as wheelchair friendly.
The Dove's Nest
One of The Hide's best-kept secrets is their overnight treehouse. It overlooks a waterhole where giraffe and elephants often come down to drink. It's like watching your own wildlife show from up high – quietly and safely. It's also equipped with all the comforts for a lovely evening under the stars, including a hot shower.
When not enjoying game drives and bush walks, you can relax in their comfortable lounge or visit the waterhole hide to watch the wildlife. Or spend a lazy afternoon by the plunge pool or in the cool shade of your veranda.
Meals are delicious and varied; enjoyed all together around a giant table or al fresco under the acacia trees or perhaps upstairs with a view. Drinks are included and you're welcome to help yourself.
By road - From Victoria Falls Airport (VFA), it's approximately 3 hours by car. Road transfers can easily be arranged.
Our take on The Hide
We found The Hide Safari Camp reasonably priced and in a great location. A small private traversing area adjacent to the national park allows the Hide to do short night drives, which is an added bonus. It is close to a railway line and you can hear the passing trains sometimes hooting at the game to clear the lines (maybe twice a day, and occasionally at night). Some may find this too reminiscent of civilisation, while others might find it quite romantic. For us, it did not detract from the experience and beauty of the place. It's a gracious, welcoming safari lodge and it offers a great safari experience.
- Luxury safari-style tented accommodation
- All meals as served
- Local drinks, teas and coffees
- South African wine at dinner
- Up to 4 activities per day
- National Parks fees which must be paid in cash at the Camp. (Current fees are US$ 20 per person per day OR Rand equivalent - please confirm when booking).
- Premier brand drinks
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