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The Hide

Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

1/5 All The Hide's rooms overlook an open vlei and a busy waterhole.
© The Hide All The Hide's rooms overlook an open vlei and a busy waterhole.
2/5 The good news is that you don't have to duck while getting dressed, nor will you have to suffer much discomfort in your "tent".
© The Hide The good news is that you don't have to duck while getting dressed, nor will you have to suffer much discomfort in your "tent".
3/5 Hot bubbles in the outside bath
© The Hide Hot bubbles in the outside bath
4/5 Lounging with a wild backdrop
© The Hide Lounging with a wild backdrop
5/5 The Dove's Nest - a private treehouse for two where you can spend a night in the wild
© The Hide The Dove's Nest - a private treehouse for two where you can spend a night in the wild

A big game destination and a beautifully put-together safari camp

Guide Price: From: $340 To: $500

In the peak of Zimbabwe’s popularity, The Hide was well known among the several dozen camps and lodges in the vast Hwange National Park. Now one of the few that has managed the pretty impressive task of keeping its head above water, it is among a handful of choice places in this neck of the woods. The Hide has also enjoyed a face-lift, full body scrub, manicure and pedicure to come out looking shiny and new without losing its old-style charm.

Positioned to make the most of a waterhole that can be so busy you practically need traffic lights, the main building houses a lounge, an indoor and outdoor dining area and pool. With the new re-furb there will also be an upstairs lounge where you can get internet access (hmm... not crazy about this), though we are fairly confident that you’ll be so busy watching elephant and the like that your e-mail will be left unopened.  The added little nooks for curling up with a good book or for private dining are a great addition.

You won't go hungry here but you also won't have the common problem of feeling like fois gras in the making...stuffed.  Meals are simple and unpretentious.

Each tented room has a view of the water-hole from a shady verandah.  Recently styled-up to reflect contemporary "safari chic", the decor is fresh and inviting.  A few of the rooms have deep roll-top baths which is a real bonus during the chilly winter months.  For the romantics and multi-taskers, the suites have baths outside so there is no need to miss any action at the water-hole while you are soaking off the day's dust in lavender bubbles.

Hwange is vast and game-rich with particularly enormous herds of elephant (numbering in the many hundreds) and buffalo (sometimes 1000+). The Friends of Hwange have kept water holes maintained around the park and these are the lifeline for the wildlife. There are also good populations of lion and wild dog among prolific plains game and a number of rhino. The green season is less abundant but you'll still see quite a bit.  You have no excuse for not getting out and about here as there are four activities a day included in the price, including walks and night drives.  You should also allow yourself time to just relax at camp or in one of the hides and just see what comes in.  When we visited, the afternoon at the waterhole saw a steady flow of greater kudu, elephant, impala and giraffe.

There are two pro guides at The Hide, Daffy and Nicholas, who have long history in this area.  They have extensive knowledge of their surroundings and are very informative if a little serious in their delivery.

The Hide also has a quirky little tree house called the Dove's Nest overlooking an open vlei and pan.  You can arrange to be dropped out here either with dinner or after dinner and sleep out, surrounded by the night noises.  Of course, you may not get much sleep but your partner's snoring may seem positively tame in comparison...

To make the most of Hwange, we recommend you allow 3 to 4 nights. It fits in well with Victoria Falls (only a 2 hour drive plus a 1 hour leisurely game drive) and Matobo National Park.

Accommodation:

10 large en-suite tented rooms

Guide Price:

From: 340 To: 500

Experience:

A big game destination and a beautifully put-together safari camp

Inclusions / Exclusions:

Rate includes: Accomodation, ALL meals as served, drinks, South African wine at dinner, up to 4 activites per day, teas/coffees and laundry.

Rate excludes: National Parks fees - must be paid in CASH at the Camp.  Currently US$20pp/day or Rand equivalent.

About Hwange National Park and Zimbabwe

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1/5 Hwange elephants are remarkably calm and you can enjoy a proximity which is thrilling
Hwange elephants are remarkably calm and you can enjoy a proximity which is thrilling
2/5 Herds at sunset in Hwange
Herds at sunset in Hwange
3/5 Encountering the locals.
Encountering the locals.
4/5 An inviting waterhole
An inviting waterhole
5/5 Open vleis make game viewing a pleasure in the dry season
Open vleis make game viewing a pleasure in the dry season

Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park dominates nearly 15,000km² of western Zimbabwe. The areas’ status as the royal hunting ground of Mzilikazi, King of the Matabele people, in the 1800s testifies to its superior quality as a wildlife destination. Previously well known particularly for lion, elephant and wild dog, the area is still teaming with game, assisted by a number of waterholes which act as a bit of a game magnet. This is the best place to go if you want to see the Big 5. Read more?

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2/5 Elephant often feed along the rich shoreline of Lake Kariba
Elephant often feed along the rich shoreline of Lake Kariba
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4/5 An inviting waterhole
An inviting waterhole
5/5 The Chilocho Cliffs of sandstone are a unique feature to Gonarezhou
The Chilocho Cliffs of sandstone are a unique feature to Gonarezhou

Zimbabwe

Once a hallowed safari destination, Zimbabwe has emerged from a few troubled years and remains a safari destination to be reckoned with.  Although travel around the country is not as easy as it once was, there are some real gems here that are definitely worth considering. Read more?

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