The Hide | Hwange National Park
Located in a prime position in Hwange National Park, The Hide offers a life-enriching safari experience for its guests, from its fantastic game viewing right on your doorstep, to a variety of daily activities to suit everyone and the warm and welcoming staff, who make you feel like family from the minute you arrive.
Guests are accommodated in 10 beautifully-furnished deluxe tents, all boasting en-suite bathrooms and private verandas overlooking the busy waterhole. As well as 2 exclusive use options for private groups or families. Keep your binoculars on hand, as elephant, lion and buffalo can often be seen satisfying their thirst.
Adventures include day and night game drives, guided bush walks and exceptional game viewing in the seclusion of the camp’s unique underground hides. For those who are a little more adventurous, The Dove’s Nest Treehouse is available at no extra charge. Located 10 minutes away from camp, this rustic gem sleep out has the perfect vantage point from which to view wildlife safely, quietly.
After an exhilarating day of game viewing, guests can retreat to the cool refuge of the camp’s swimming pool and can enjoy delectable meals savoured al fresco or in the elegant dining room.
The Hide sleeps up to 20 guests in ten comfortable and spacious deluxe, family deluxe and honeymoon deluxe tents. The tents have a myriad of different configurations 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. Each has a private veranda from where guests may be entertained by the comings and goings of a large variety of game at the waterhole. One tent is wheelchair friendly.
Tom’s Little Hide is best suited for 6 adults and up to 4 children.
Rooms 1 and 2, both double en-suite bedrooms, form the main part of Tom’s Little Hide and can also accommodate one child in each on a roomy day bed. The bedrooms are linked by a dining room and outside veranda, complete with sparkling swimming pool.
Room 3 is more of a family tent with an outside bathroom and inter-leading children’s room, which can accommodate two children. Room 3 and 4 are entirely enclosed for the safety of the family and children.
Tom’s Little Hide comes with its own private guide and vehicle, in order for you to take full advantage of all the activities, at your own pace. Booking is done on a minimum of 4 pax.
*Special Children under 10 stay for free. 01 January 2020 - 31 March 2021*
When using The Private Hide, guests stay in The Hide’s tents – Tent 7, 6, 5 and/or 4, depending on the numbers. Tents 7 and 6 are large deluxe or family tents, which can accommodate two adults and two children in full-size beds. Each room has its own en suite bathroom – indoor bath, inside and outdoor shower and hot water all day. All rooms are mosquito-proofed and have fans for your comfort during the warmer months. It can be booked on a minimum of 2 pax.
Private safari vehicle & Professional Guide
Private & flexible dining
Children of all ages are welcome
*Special Children under 10 stay for free. 01 January 2020 - 31 March 2021*
Tom’s Little Hide has been created along the Safari House concept and includes its own lounge, dining room, swimming pool and accommodation.
Booked by a minimum of 4 full paying guests, Tom’s Little Hide accommodates up to 6 adults in three beautiful ’safari-chic’ rooms overlooking the waterhole. The third room is a tented room with an inter-leading passage to a children's room. Tom’s Little Hide is ideally suited to no more than 10 guests including children (children of any age are welcome). Should there be more than 6 adults, The Hide's adjacent Tents 10 and/or Tent 9 may be used as additional accommodation.
Tom’s Little Hide professional guide will passionately offer the guests a true wilderness and wildlife experience that Hwange National Park is so well known for. With up to 4 activities included in the rate per day there is ample opportunity to view some of the 100 plus mammal and 400 bird species. The activities include bush walks with your Zimbabwean Professional Guide, day and night game drives or underground 'viewing hide’ sits.
The Private Hide is an 'exclusive use facility' which includes a dinning room, lounge, swimming pool and fire pit. The Private Hide comes with a Zimbabwean Professional Guide and private vehicle.
The accommodation used for The Private Hide are the adjacent tents numbering from tent 7, 6, 5 and/or Tent 4, depending on the number of guests. Tents 7 and 6 are large Deluxe Suites or Family Tents. The Family Tents can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children in full size beds. Children of any age are welcome. Booked by a minimum of 2 full paying guests.
The Private Hide’s professional guide will enthusiastically offer the guests a true wilderness and wildlife experience that Hwange National Park is so well known for. With up to 4 activities included in the rate per day there is ample opportunity to view some of the 100 plus mammal and 400 bird species. The activities include bush walks with a Zimbabwean Professional Guide, day and night game drives or underground
'viewing hide’ sits.
Our little secret, the Dove’s Nest, is just about the best way to get away from it all. There are few things more exciting than spending a night out in a tree-house. Overlooking the open tree-lined vlei and pan where giraffe and elephants commonly come to drink, this rustic gem is a perfect vantage point from which to view wildlife safely, quietly. Just the two of you. Kept simple, as a tree-house should be, the bedroom of the Dove’s Nest is reached by a wooden stairway and trap door. You won’t have to forego your hot shower and warm bed and the location is second to none.
24-hour Security, Bar, Conference Centre, Eco Friendly, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Pool, Private Vehicle Available, Restaurant, Secure Parking
Balcony / Deck, Bath, Disabled Rooms, En-Suite, Fan, Hair Dryer, Laundry Service (Complimentary), Lounge Area, Outside Shower, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Shower, Verandah, Wheelchair Friendly
Morning and afternoon guided walks are offered at The Hide Safari Camp.
The Hide Safari Camp is fortunate to have the best of both worlds. While located within the Hwange National Park, it is also surrounded by a private concession which allows us to offer activities not otherwise permitted. Hwange is a vast playground worth exploring so you don’t have to worry about being bored. Early morning walks are there for the thrill of encountering wildlife on its own terms and exploring the little surprises of the bush.
Morning and afternoon game drives as well as night drives with a spotlight are offered at The Hide Safari Camp.
Days can be spent further afield on game drives in search of predators and prey alike. We like to do things properly so sundowners are an important part of the experience. Enjoy the natural beauty with a cold drink in hand. The guides at The Hide are very much part of the family and have been with us for many years. They have undergone some of the most rigorous training in Africa and their passion for and knowledge of the bush is often what makes a safaris so special.
You’re sitting on the deck at The Hide ‘A’ frame. The sun has just set, its residual warmth a soft tinge of pink in the sky. Just then, a family of elephants strolls into the scene and up to the waterhole. You watch, fascinated by their interactions. Now, here’s where you jump into action. Without the need for a guide or host, you can go directly from the deck into the underground hide and observe the elephant family from up-close. Just step off the deck and slip down the steps into a whole new world. Along a tunnel, you’ll walk for about 10 metres under the surface of the earth – and then emerge into a “window on the waterhole”, where you can sit quietly, the unobserved observing. It’s a special new addition and makes the experience of “game viewing” more intense and personal.
Along the same tunnel, guests are delighted to find, hidden away in the wall, a real wine cellar. Perfectly cooled at a steady 17 degrees Celsius, ambient-lit and stocked with a small selection of fine wines from around the world, this is a welcome addition to an already all-sensory experience at The Hide. Guests are invited to choose the wine they’d like with dinner – or suggestions are made based on wine pairing experts’ recommendations.
Our little secret, the Dove’s Nest, is just about the best way to get away from it all. There are few things more exciting than spending a night out in a tree house.
Overlooking the open tree-lined vlei and pan, this rustic gem is a perfect vantage point from which to view wildlife safely, quietly. Just the two of you. Kept simple, as a tree house should be, the bedroom of the Dove’s Nest is reached by a wooden stairway and with a closeable door. You won’t have to forego your hot shower and warm bed and the location is second to none.
Going on safari is an exciting prospect and, for many, when the dust has been wiped off your boots and the hat hung up till next time, there is no greater pleasure than poring over the special moments you’ve captured on camera.
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 Netflix 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.
If you enjoy taking photographs in the wild or love the idea of it, there are a few factors we’d like to focus on!
This is a rare opportunity for groups or individuals to benefit from Neil’s skills, both behind the lens and in the bush…
The Hide's Restaurant
The hub of the camp is the signature “A” frame which houses the dining area. Most meals are served in unsurpassed elegance and style around our magnificent 22 seater teak dining room table or in a private setting out on the deck under the moonlight. We try to cater to our guests' needs wherever we can and our incredible in-house chefs are able to fulfill many dietary requirements.
Fully Inclusive - Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities
All Local Brands (Spirits, Wine and Beers) Included
Spoken Languages: English
No. Rooms: 13
Special Interests: Birding, Flora, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife, Wine