The Hide

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stamp3Why photographers love The Hide

The Hide was recently renovated in 2014 and now features an underground hide accessed by short walk from main camp to get a unique perspective for photography at the waterhole. The waterhole allows excellent game viewing without leaving camp, but day and night game drives in Hwange National Park can be prolific, especially during the dry season. The Hide is located in Hwange National Park, but also neighbors a private concession which allows activitied not permited in the park, such as walks and night drives.

How we rate The Hide

Wildlife  starstarstarstar
Wilderness  starstarstar to star
Lodge & Dining  starstarstar
Vehicles  starstarstarstar
Guides  starstarstarstar

The Hide at a glance

  • 8 double safari tents and 2 luxury or honeymoon tents, each with en-suite bathrooms
  • Main lodge area with dining area, sun lounge, pool, bar and deck overlooking the waterhole
  • Underground hide with a window to the waterhole to see animals close up; it’s accessed by 10 metre underground walkway from the lodge
  • Underground wine cellar
  • Wi-Fi and 220v charging facilities

The area

The Hide is in the eastern sector of Hwange National Park. It’s the biggest park in Zimbabwe and is home to over 100 mammal and 400 bird species spread throughout its teak forests, mopane woodlands, Kalahari sandveld, grassy plains and acacia savannas. The park is well known for huge herds of elephant. Uniquely, there is no permanent natural water in the park, so animals rely on a system of pumped waterholes, which can be prolific for game viewing. Elephants come to the waterholes by the hundreds. The park is also well known for its large population of wild dog, lions and buffalo. Cheetah and spotted hyena are also seen frequently.

The seasons

June to October is the dry season and is the best time for game viewing. Animals congregate around the waterholes, often in impressive numbers. The wet season from December to March brings lush landscapes, but animals disperse.

What The Hide costs

Rates range from $390 to $690 per person per night depending on season. Access is by short charter flight or a three-hour road transfer from Victoria Falls.

Photographers need to know

The underground hide at the lodge is a great attraction for photographers, as is the chance to see huge herds of animals coming into busy waterholes throughout the park in the dry season.

The good news

The Hide supports Friends of Hwange, a trust that aims to keep Hwange’s waterholes supplied with water year round by contributing funds for fuel and maintenance.