The Hide has consistently been voted the Best Tented Safari Camp in Zimbabwe since 1995. Situated on the Eastern Boundary of Hwange National Park, this is one of the few camps in the Park itself.

The Camp opened in 1992 and has since undergone three major refurbishments. The Hide has ten tastefully furnished tented rooms sleeping a maximum of 24 guests. The tents are large East African-style tents under thatch, and all overlooking the main waterhole. Each tent has its own en-suite bathroom consisting of bath, shower, hand basin and flush loo along with a small teak dressing table and, most importantly, piping hot water. Two of the tents have additional outside baths where guests can relax in a bath and enjoy stunning views out over the waterhole.

The hub of the Camp is the majestic 'A' frame which houses the dining room, sun lounging area and upper deck lounge and viewing area overlooking a huge grassland corridor through which the movement of game is superb. Breakfast is served al fresco under acacia trees, and other meals are served on a wonderful 22-seat teak dining room table.

The Hide offers a wide range of activities including morning game drives in the National Park and the Hide's private concession, and which can - on request - be lengthened to include a picnic breakfast or lunch at one of many picturesque waterholes. Early morning or late afternoon bush walks on the concession are also available, with a highly trained professional guide on hand to point out the local flora and fauna. The camp management have gained the exclusive use of several superb walking areas in the National Park itself so a combination of game drives and walks is a popular choice. As the camp name suggests, there are also a number of hides situated at the edge of the camp's waterhole, offering a chance to see big game close up. Species including the Big Five visit the concession all year round and the bird life in Hwange is excellent with over 400 species recorded. This is pretty much a photographer's paradise.

For honeymooners and other couples the Dove's Nest is a romantic tree house above a beautiful viewing platform and available for a night away from camp. Guests are dropped off for sundowner drinks followed by dinner. Guests are given a radio so they are able to contact camp and are collected at their request before breakfast the next day. The Dove's Nest is very secure and has running water, a loo and shower. Evenings usually involve sundowner drinks somewhere on the concession followed by a chance to freshen up before snacks (and more drinks) around a campfire in winter and in the open under a canopy of stars in summer. At this time wildlife can frequently be seen at the waterhole, which is illuminated by powerful arc lights. After dinner, guests have the opportunity of going on a night drive when spotlights are used to find nocturnal animals such as bat-eared foxes, porcupines, genet cats and hopefully lions, leopards and hyenas.

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