The Hide is a well-known and well-loved classic safari lodge in its own concession adjacent to Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. This owner-run camp has grown organically over the decades and is particularly known for its excellent and enthusiastic guiding team and warm personal hospitality.
The main area at The Hide is a picturesque A-frame thatched lodge with dining room and sun lounge downstairs and a large comfortable lounge/viewing area upstairs. Meals are generally a relaxed communal affair, served in elegance and style around their magnificent 22-seater Zimbabwe teak table. Breakfast is usually served alfresco on the terrace under the trees overlooking their large and productive waterhole. There’s also a swimming pool for cooling down in between game activities.
A tented camp is perhaps the definitive African safari experience, as you are able to hear the sounds of the bush all around you in the cool of the night. The small size of The Hide Safari Lodge is one of its differentiating features, as this means that you have an intimate atmosphere in camp, as well as a greater feeling of the untrammelled open spaces of the bush when you are on a game drive.
Accommodation at The Hide
The Hide has 10 large deluxe tents under thatch. All have spectacular views over the main waterhole. Each is beautifully furnished with solid Zimbabwe teak furniture and en suite bathroom. They are fan cooled for your summer comfort with extra warm blankets and hot water bottles for the cool winter months. Each has a private veranda from you can be entertained by the large variety of game at the waterhole. Two honeymoon tents have with outside baths where you can relax in your bath and enjoy the stunning view over the waterhole. There is also two family suites.
Activities at The Hide include professionally guided walks, day and night game drives, visits to their hide (of course) and sleep-outs at the romantic Dove’s Nest. The Hide prides itself on offering as much game-viewing as each guest wants. You can participate in four different game activities each day if you wish! On request your morning game drive can be stretched out to include a picnic breakfast or lunch at one of the excellent waterholes in Hwange so that you can travel further.
Game Walks on its own private concession area can also be arranged with a professional guide – this is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the flora and fauna of the bush. The lodge can also arrange short night drives after dinner as it lies on its own private concession. The Hide Safari Lodge boasts great bird life (over 400 species recorded) with great photo opportunities both out in the open or in the underground hide at the camp waterhole where you can stay for as long as you like with a radio-link to the lodge and a picnic lunch if required.
Tom’s Little Hide
Tom’s Little Hide is an exclusive use Safari House with three large luxury rooms, all overlooking the main waterhole. Each room has its own en-suite bathroom with bath, outside and inside shower. The spacious bedrooms are furnished with solid Zimbabwe teak furniture, mosquito nets and fans. Two are in the main homestead and can accommodate an extra bed in each. The third bedroom is a family tent (with alfresco bathroom) with an inter-leading children’s room for 2 extra kids. So it is best suited for up to 6 adults with an additional 4 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.
The Private Hide
3-4 of the main lodge’s tents can be separated and sold as exclusive use. In this case, you use the Private Hide as the central eating and dining area. A private guide and vehicle would be provided. The Private Hide can be booked for a minimum of 2 people.