Accommodation rating: Superior
The Hide is a small owner-run-and-managed tented camp located in a private concession adjacent to the north eastern sector of Hwange National Park. The camp itself sits among acacia woodland overlooking an old riverbed to a waterhole that regularly attracts elephants, giraffes and kudu, while lions and wild dogs also make sporadic appearances.
Ten large, spacious A-frame tented chalets are classically styled with a contemporary twist. Cream walls, rugs, and bed linen are complemented by the dark wood bed, writing desk and luggage storage racks, all of which make for a fairly simple yet comfortable stay. All tents have en suite bathrooms, with a large indoor bath and outdoor shower, are mosquito proofed and have full mains electricity. Fans are provided for the warmer months and tea / coffee making facilities are well stocked throughout the stay. Outside, there is a private veranda with views stretching down to the waterhole.
For the more adventurous, there is the chance to spend a night in the Dove's Tree, an elevated three tier treehouse positioned in a leadwood tree within Hwange National Park. The tree overlooks an open plain where a nearby waterhole is a favourite among elephants and giraffes. On the ground floor there is a simple bathroom with shower and flush lavatory. The middle floor features a quaint viewing deck and hammock and is where meals are served. At the top level is the bedroom, with a double bed and radio for communication with the main camp.
The central areas consist of a large split level building, home to the dining room and sun lounge downstairs, and a large comfortable lounge and viewing area upstairs. There is a small plunge pool and deck area located to the main dining areas with a communal fire pit set back from the front of the camp. Meals at the Hide are very relaxed with imaginative African lunches and dinners served communally around an impressive teak table. Breakfasts are eaten alfresco and are cooked on the fire.
Activities are completely flexible, but a typical day will normally begin with an early morning bush walk, followed by breakfast back at camp before heading out on a morning safari drive. Extended afternoon wildlife drives are finished with sundowners and there is also the option for a night drive after dinner. There is also a waterhole hide, which provides exciting close-up encounters with visiting creatures.
Please call 020 3813 2966 for more information or to make a booking.