Accommodation in Hwange | The Hide
The Hide in Hwange
The Hide in Hwange National Park is an exclusive safari camp. Positioned in its own private concession right on the boundary of the National Park. The whole camp including the bedrooms overlook a waterhole, well used by wildlife.
The Hide in Hwange is truly one of our favourites places to stay. We spend a lot of time in Hwange National Park and this particular section of the Park is our favourite. It is amazing for birding and wildlife. In the dry season very large herds of elephant and buffalo gather at the waterholes to drink. It really doesn't get much better than this anywhere in Africa.
Because of Zimbabwe's turmoil in recent years, Hwange is not publicized as a major tourist destination, therefore there are not multitudes of tourists and mini buses. If you find a lion kill you are very likely to be the only people seeing it, which is rare these days in Africa with safari's being so popular.
It's part of why this place is so special and why I would recommend it over somewhere like Chobe, where the game is great but so is the amount of tourists.
It's Real Africa - wild and remote. You will have the chance to see, not only the Big Five but also, wild dog, cheetah, herds of giraffe and countless other species.
The Birdlife is also phenomenal with over 400 species being recorded.
As with all the accommodation and activities on our website we only present products that we have personally done and are completely confident and satisfied with.
It's easy for anyone to write a lovely brochure and make it sound nice, but we want to assure you that The Hide is a quality camp, in a phenomenal location at a reasonable price.
The accommodation which you can see from the photographs is beautiful. Each Lodge is private and has it own little verandah where you can sit an relax and watch the animals as they come down to the waterhole. (read more)
At night the waterhole is floodlit and many of the animals come to drink. I will have a lasting memory of being in our lodge, lying on our superbly comfortable bed and my eyes feasting on the most incredible African Wildlife scene right in front of us.
There are four game viewing activities per day included in the price, you don't have to do them all but they are there if you so wish (read more).
The whole team at the hide are incredibly hospitable. Cher, our hostess couldn't have been more informative and attentive to our needs. The guides on our drives and walks were very knowledgeable and really made the trips interesting. There is no question that you will feel pampered.
The Game - This south section of the park is mostly on Kalahari sands giving rise to a diverse range of habitats. Including large areas of teak and acacia woodlands. There are also many vleis and open grasslands. There are a series of waterholes or pans notably, Ngweshla, Kennedy 1, Kennedy 2 and the Hide Pan.
These pans are the life blood of the animals in the area. In the dry season it is not uncommon to see hundreds of elephants in a single afternoon coming down to drink. Large herds of buffalo also gather and where there are buffalo so are there lions.
In short, the game is phenomenal in this area. Although please remember that game viewing is seasonal and not guaranteed.
There are definitely better times of year than others.July – October are the peak game-viewing months when the bushveld is driest and therefore the greatest number of animals congregating around the pans.
However the Green Season (Jan-May) is incredibly beautiful with all the new birthed animals and the birdlife especially prolific. April to June are cooler than the rainy season which is around November to March.
Dining• Tea/coffee is served in early morning wake-up call
• Breakfast is served al fresco
• Group dining in the main lodge restaurant - Tom's House
• Private dining can be arranged
No Children under 10 (unless by prior arrangement)
The cosy bedroom in the main cottage
For a more private safari experience than you will get in the main section of The Hide, Tom's Little Hide offers accommodation on6 5 square kilometres for groups and families to enjoy. It is one of the newer rooms with a safari cottage and tented rooms facing the ever busy waterhole. You can relax on the private verandah which has lounge chairs and watch the animals of Hwange doing their thing.
What makes a stay at this lodge even more special is that a professional guide and private vehicle are assigned to Tom's Little Hide guests during their stay, and with up to four activities per day included in the fully inclusive rates, guests can stay busy with game drives, game walks, game viewing in the underground hides, picnics, and night drives. Children's programs at Tom's Little Hide include conservation, wildlife and cultural programs, although the night drive has been found to be a favourite with the little ones.
Tom's Little Hide was named after the founder of camp, Tom Preston, in 2012
Three en-suite safari rooms offer accommodation for up to 10 guests (6 adults and 4 children), in a main cottage and safari tent. The main cottage is basically the central area, and contains two safari rooms with en-suite facilities, linked by a large private dining room. The cottage can accommodate up to four adults and two children at any given time. The outdoor lounge and swimming pool are located in front of the main cottage. The tented suite is right next to the cottage and has inter-leading rooms (double and twin rooms) and an outdoor shower and bathtub, and can shelter up to two adults and two children. All rooms have a view of the busy waterhole (see the fact sheet for more information), and are west-facing, ensuring beautiful African sunsets as only Hwange can offer.
• Dining at Tom's Little Hide is at leisure in the cottage's dining room
Children of all ages are welcome. Please note that the camp is located in an area where wild animals are free to roam, and also note that the plunge pool is not covered or fenced. Therefore, children must remain under adult supervision at all times.
General Information for The Hide & Tom's Little Hide
Advantages• Various accommodation options available
• Award winning safari camp
• Excellent game viewing in the area
• Within Hwange National Park on private concession
• A lot of activities on offer in a single day
• Close to Hwange National Park entrance - easy access to camp
Disadvantages• Accommodation at Tom's Little Hide might become pricey as they require minimum of 4 guests, but the rates are fully inclusive and you get value for our money.
Facilities• Laundry service
• 220V electricity
• Wireless Internet at The Hide's reception area
• Private guide & private vehicle (Tom's Little Hide only)
• Tom's House restaurant at The Hide main area
• Swimming pool in main hub of The Hide
• Tea/coffee served early morning
• Plunge pool (Tom's Little Hide only)
• Game drives (morning, afternoon or full day)
• Night drives
• Game walks (for guests over 16 years old only)
• Hide sits
• Overnight sleep-out in the “Dove’s Nest”
• Special activities for younger guests at Tom's Little Hide
Fully Inclusive Rates Include• Accommodation and all meals
• All Drinks
• Up to 4 Safari activities per day
• Teas and coffees
Fully Inclusive Rates Exclude• National Parks Fees – US$ 20 per person per day
• Transport to Hwange Main Camp US$50 pp
How to Get There
• Self drive if you have a 4x4 vehicle.
• 35 min light aircraft flights between Victoria Falls Airport and Umtshibi Airfield or Hwange National Park. Seat rates are available. The Hide is just 40mins from Umtshibi Airfield or 1hr 30mins drive from Hwange Main Airport through the National Park. This transfer is conducted in a Hide open safari vehicle and offers game viewing opportunities.
• Transfers can be arranged from Victoria Falls to Hwange main camp, and then an hour long road transfer to The Hide or Tom's Little Hide. Ask for a quote when you make an enquiry. Click on the button below.
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