Area Name

The Hide


A Hwange classic

From spectacular game viewing right on your doorstep to action-packed safari activities, The Hide offers you a life-changing wildlife experience.

Perfectly located in a small private concession of Hwange National Park, the camp includes 10 beautifully-furnished tents, each with an en-suite bathroom and private verandah which looks right out over the popular waterhole. There are also two exclusive use options if you’re travelling with your family or a group. The bustling drinking spot often attracts elephants, lions and buffalo, so be sure to keep your binoculars close by.

Fill your days and nights with game drives, bush walks and up-close game viewing from the camp’s unique underground hides. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you might choose to stay at The Dove’s Nest Treehouse which is available at no extra cost. The rustic sleep out is just 10 minutes from camp, and it offers you a wonderful vantage point from which to safely see the wildlife.


At a glance

  • Ten tents and three-bedroom cottage

  • Treehouse sleep out

  • Dining area, bar and pool

  • Underground hides

The hide pool view


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    Guided walks

    The Hide is located in Hwange National Park as well as being surrounded by a private concession which means you have access to activities that might not otherwise be permitted. Morning and afternoon guided walks offer you the unique thrill of encountering wildlife while on foot.

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    Day and night game drives

    There are daily morning and afternoon game drives which take you out in search of a wide variety of animals. Spot-lit night drives can also be arranged. The guides at The Hide are highly trained and their vast knowledge of the area means that you’re in for an enriching experience every time. And of course, what would a late afternoon drive be with sundowners?

  • Underground hide

    Underground hide and wine cellar

    Keep an eye on the waterhole from the deck and as soon as you see animals approach quickly duck straight down into the underground hide and get an up-close view. Down a few stairs, about 10m along an underground tunnel, and you’ll find yourself with front row seats to some astounding game viewing. Branching off from that same tunnel is the camp’s wine cellar. Kept at 17 degrees Celsius with ambient lighting, it is well stocked with a small selection of wines from around the world. Pick a bottle to accompany your dinner.

Community & Culture

Employing staff from surrounding communities helps to stimulate the local economy. The Hide Community Trust works in the area to come up with sustainable ways to improve livelihoods and foster better human/wildlife coexistence.

The local communities include Nambian, Ndebele and Tonga people, and The Hide is committed to promoting their cultural heritage in a genuine and respectful manner. There is a museum at camp where you can learn about the area and its cultures, and traditional evenings are also a way to experience singing and dancing and taste the local cuisine.


Conservation is an important part of The Hide. They are founding members of the Conservation and Wildlife Fund (CWF) which has been integral in setting up anti-poaching units in Hwange, spreading conservation awareness in schools, starting environmental initiatives and helping to improve the lives of women. A nightly levy per guest goes directly to funding community and conservation initiatives.

They are also a founding member of Friends of Hwange which looks after the park’s boreholes and watering holes, which are pumped using solar power. There is also a new tree nursery where The Hide propagates indigenous trees to be replanted and protected from elephants by beehives.

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