The Hide Safari Camp

The Hide Safari Camp has just ten beautiful tented suites with views over the waterhole, where animals congregate day and night. Between game drives and walks in the National Park, there is plenty of time to relax in a comfortable lounge or sit quietly in a hide to watch the wildlife. After meals all together around a giant table or al fresco under the Acacia trees, you can spend a lazy afternoon by the plunge pool or in the shade of your veranda

About The Hide Safari Camp

The Hide Safari CampThe Hide Safari Camp is the product of a passion for nature in general, and Hwange National Park in particular. Built in 1992 by the Preston family, who remain deeply involved to this day, The Hide Safari Camp has earned its reputation as a consummate safari destination, for both the exceptional wildlife experience and the hospitality it offers.

Since The Hide Safari Camp was sited in one of Hwange National Park’s prime wildlife areas nearly twenty years ago, we have distilled the essence of the safari experience and embellished it with our own distinctive style. Hwange was once the royal hunting ground of Ndebele kings and has long been known for its abundant and diverse wildlife. In particular, the park is known for herds of elephant and buffalo numbering in the hundreds. This is one of the best places to see lion, leopard and African wild dog among the hundred or so other mammal and four hundred bird species.

At The Hide they are passionate about nature; superb location, extensive knowledge of the park and the best expert guides. You can experience the true wilderness and wildlife Hwange has to offer.  Whether on a drive to one of Hwange’s game-rich pans, on foot within our private concession or sleeping out in the Dove’s Nest, there is never a dull moment. In fact, the waterhole just metres from The Hide attracts such a variety of life that you may not need to roam far from your verandah to be a part of the action.

Accommodation

The Hide Safari CampThe Hide's luxury tented suites are uniquely styled along classic lines with a contemporary twist, all are spacious and bathed in natural light.  Life in the bush is not just about searching for big game.  It is just as much about waking to the chorus of robins and hornbills as the rosy dawn light creeps across the bedspread.  It's about sitting quietly on the verandah to watch the comings and goings of kudu, giraffe, elephant and many more at the waterhole.  And, of course, at the end of a full day, there's that long soak in a hot bath under the stars and the warm bed where you'll curl up and listen to the sounds of the African night.

Voted the “Best Tented Safari Camp” in Zimbabwe on thirteen occasions, you know you are getting only the best at The Hide Safari Camp.

Ideally suited for a maximum of twenty guests, they strive to make your African safari holiday as exclusive and relaxing as they possibly can.  They have eight standard tents and two luxury tents.  Each tented room has been styled individually and you can choose between twin beds or a double.  All of their tents have en-suite bathrooms, some with outdoor showers or huge baths.  All tents are mosquito proofed and have fans for your comfort in the warm months. One tent has been designed to be accessible to wheelchair users.

The Doves Nest
Their 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.

Lying on the bright bedspread, you can watch the birds hopping about in the canopy of your tree through the wood-slatted windows. Lunch and afternoon siestas on the open deck just below, swinging lazily in the hammock as animals wonder by. Imagine the glowing sunsets, night-sounds and starry skies out here. Sundowners on the deck followed by a private bush dinner and a night spent out in the Doves Nest in one of Africa’s best wildlife areas. Admittedly not for the faint-hearted, we are pretty confident that this will be a memorable night out.

Facilities

The Hide Safari Camp

  • The hub of the camp is the signature "A" frame which houses the dining room and sun lounge downstairs and a large comfortable lounge and viewing area upstairs
  • There is a plunge pool near the main lounge and dining room
  • Early morning tea/coffee is delivered to your tent
  • Breakfast is served al fresco
  • Lunch and dinner are served around a vast teak dining table
  • Landline telephone service available at reception
  • Daily laundry service (weather permitting)
  • Check-in is 1200hrs and check out is 1100 hrs
  • 220 volt mains electricity is available throughout the lodge
  • One room is accessible for guests with disabilities
  • We regret that we are unable to accommodate children under 10yrs unless in a group taking over the whole lodge

Activities

The Hide Safari CampGame Viewing
In order to explore the full range of wildlife habitats in Hwange, we have a fleet of specially designed safari vehicles. In the expert hands of our guides, you’ll find yourself heading out through the acacia-fringed grassy vleis and through the teak forests in search of Hwange’s great elephant and buffalo herds or parking up at one of the well-visited waterholes to see what comes in. Game drives are the best way to see the variety of wildlife and scenery of the park and they almost always yield unexpected sightings. Often, sitting quietly and watching an impala ram guard his harem against marauding bachelors can be just as fascinating as coming across a pride of lion lazing under the broad canopy of acacia.

Hwange is home to one of the largest populations of African wild dog left in Africa and its a good place to see leopard and rhino among the many other mammal species. Africa has some of the most curious and interesting creatures which receive comparatively little exposure. bat-eared foxes, genets, caracal and a host of other "specials" are often the highlight of a game drive.

The park has a notable bird population with over 400 species recorded to date; the variety is truly astonishing. Morning, afternoon and evening/night drives will normally head out for 2-3 hours through a variety of eco-systems and habitats. We like to stop for coffee or tea and biscuits in a lovely spot and see what might happen past. In the late afternoon, we’ll find a place to pull out the coolboxes and watch the sun set with due reverence - every one is different.

Zimbabwe Bush Weddings
Wedding days are special and the choice of location is one of the key decisions to make it so.  If theres one thing we know how to do, it is how to create the most stunning wedding in the most memorable setting.  The natural beauty of the bush, the uniquely African light, the impromptu arrival of elephant or graceful kudu in the background and the warm hospitality of Zimbabwe...what more could you want?  We can even organise a wedding night in our secret hideaway at the Doves Nest and what could be more romantic?

African Cuisine
Returning to the camp after a morning walk to a spread of fresh fruit, pastries and a farmhouse breakfast is more than a perk..it’s a necessity. We like to think that sitting down to freshly brewed coffee to relate the morning’s sightings and plans for the rest of the day is all part of the safari experience.

We enjoy variety and so you may find meals are something of a moveable feast. Sometimes we’ll enjoy dinner altogether around a giant teak table, where many new friends have been made, and tall tales told. There may be an alfresco breakfast overlooking the waterhole, or tea and cake served upstairs in the A-frame over looking the pan. Sundowners out in the bush and drinks around the camp-fire are both safari traditions that we uphold.  For special occasions, we enjoy making a fuss so please be sure to let us know.

When you need some me-time, there are plenty of quiet spaces to occupy in the company of a good book. We don’t believe that a safari should be entirely about frenetic activity so we have many areas where you can truly unwind, and a plunge pool in which to cool off in the heat of the day.

Bush walks
There is nothing quite like being on foot to put you in your rightful place in the natural world. Somehow your senses are heightened when on foot and you see, hear and smell things that you would miss in a vehicle. Walking is also the best way to appreciate the small magic of the bush - the way termites build their colonies, how dung beetles work, the finer points of the toothbrush tree.

Encountering big game on foot is the ultimate thrill, safe in the knowledge that there is a trained, armed guide on hand to look out for you. Walking gives you a completely different experience of wildlife and the bush and its just nice sometimes to get out there and stretch your legs in a place that is so uncontrived, beautiful, wild and vast.

The Waterhole Hideaways
"Hides" are very much part of safari tradition, although they have fallen by the wayside in many places, where it seems that frenetic activity is the order of the day. However, we think that Hides are one of the best ways to get exceptionally close to animals. Essentially, the concept is to disguise a little safe room as a termite mound or other piece of the natural landscape and slip inside via the back door. Normally positioned at a waterhole, the Hide allows you to sit quietly and observe without being observed. Needless to say, the photographic opportunities at this range are unequalled. Of course, there is always the risk that you may miss dinner for the herds of elephant that surround you but it is worth it.