The Hide – Hwange National Park

The Hide has set a bar of excellence and luxury for Hwange National Park accommodation. Located in a prime position in the Park, The Hide offers a life-enriching safari experience for its guests, from its fantastic game viewing right on your doorstep, to a variety of daily activities to suit everyone and the warm and welcoming staff, who make you feel like family from the minute you arrive.

The Hide has been consistently voted as one of the Best Safari Lodges in Zimbabwe and is currently ranked number one on TripAdvisor. Celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year, we will be sharing some of our favourite safari highlights in the upcoming months, reminiscing about how far we have come over the last two decades.

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The Hide – Celebrating 25 Years

When Tom and Lorraine Preston first stood on the site that would later become one of Zimbabwe’s most awarded safari camps, they looked down across the golden-grassed vlei line and saw a herd of elephants approaching, their heaving shapes dark against the setting sun. Perhaps, one day, Tom thought, those same elephants – and generations more – would make their way towards the natural waterhole just in front of his dream, The Hide Safari Camp. A place, right here in this beautiful acacia woodland, where animals and people could convene in harmony, and where his family would grow and share the incredible wilderness of Hwange with fellow adventurers.

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Hwange National Park is located in the northwest corner of Zimbabwe and covers an area of 14,651km.

Hwange National Park is well-known for its large herds of elephants which are famous across Africa and with over 100 species of mammals, you are guaranteed to have a once in a lifetime safari experience that will keep you coming back to Hwange, year after year.

Guests of The Hide can simply choose to enjoy a sundowner from the lodge deck overlooking the waterhole and witness herds of animals coming down to drink at dusk or you can be a bit more adventurous and get right close up to large herds of elephants and buffalo at the Private Hide, which provides excellent photographic opportunities.

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Offering a range of accommodation to suit all travellers, The Hide, combines nature with luxury at its best. From an exclusive getaway to a private family home, there is something for everyone visiting Hwange, from families to honeymooners, small groups to business travelers.

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You can choose up to four activities a day when staying at The Hide. Experience wild animals from a unique vantage point at the Private Hide, go on a professional guided walking safari, spend the morning/afternoon on a game drive or venture out on night drive to find that elusive leopard you’ve been searching for.

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The Hide Community Trust is a non-profit organization that is committed to the conservation and sustainable community development in Hwange National Park. We are also proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travellers to make a lasting impact in the community.

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“Delightful 3 Days – Great guides and staff – wonderful safari tours and great food! The ‘hide’ is also a special place for wildlife viewing and photography. I throughly enjoyed my time w the people and animals in this special park and lodge!” January 2017

Amazing – We stayed 3 nights at The Hide – this was absolutely amazing: the hospitality of the hosts is touching and our guide Nicholas was fantastic! We are in love with Zim now, and we are definitely coming back!” November 2016

Five Days of Wonder – Everything about the Hide in Zimbabwe was perfect. We had five fantastic days, three game drives a day with Daffy who could spot an animal far in the distance. Loads to see, some of which were very close, but we felt safe with Daffy in charge. Food, staff, accommodation and climate could not have been better, we would certainly recommend the Hide if you want a safari holiday.” January 2017