About The Hide
The building of The Hide started in 1992 by the late Tom Preston, a charismatic and enterprising man who had a passion for wildlife and conservation. Situated on a private concession on the Eastern boundary of Hwange National Park and with stunning views across a natural waterhole, this was the perfect location to build a camp. In September 1992 after a hectic few weeks of final preparations and finishing touches, The Hide Safari Camp welcomed its very first guests. Sadly Tom passed away in November 1995 and did not have much time to enjoy this beautiful camp and the surrounding area. Despite his illness Tom and his wife Lorraine spent as much time as possible at The Hide prior to his death. The Preston family remain actively involved in the running of the camp to this day, fulfilling Tom’s vision of a family operated camp.
Over the years The Hide has earned its reputation as a consummate safari destination, for both the exceptional wildlife experience and the hospitality it offers.
Since The Hide Safari Camp was sited in one of Hwange National Park’s prime wildlife areas over twenty years ago, we have distilled the essence of the safari experience and embellished it with our own distinctive style. Hwange was once the royal hunting ground of Ndebele kings and has long been known for its abundant and diverse wildlife. In particular, the park is known for herds of elephant and buffalo numbering in the hundreds. This is one of the best places to see lion, leopard and African wild dog among the hundred or so other mammal and four hundred bird species. We understand that you come to Africa first and foremost to encounter the continents’ natural beauty. At The Hide we are passionate about nature; we have built on our superb location and extensive knowledge of the park with the best expert guides so that you can experience the true wilderness and wildlife Hwange has to offer. Whether on a drive to one of Hwange’s game-rich pans, on foot within our private concession or sleeping out in the Dove’s Nest, there is never a dull moment. In fact, the waterhole just metres from The Hide attracts such a variety of life that you may not need to roam far from your verandah to be a part of the action.
Voted “Best Safari Camp – Tented“
16 consecutive times, since 2004
- We have also been nominated as Zimbabwe’s Leading Safari Lodge 2015 from the World Travel Awards.
- We were runner up in the Best Value Safari Property 2015 from the Safari Awards.
Meet the Team
As a member of the prestigious “Classic Safari Camps of Africa“, The Hide Safari Camp’s team of professional and friendly staff are dedicated to uphold the finest safari experience we have offered for over two decades. Our staff are dedicated to ensuring that each of our guests who visit the camp get to experience our warm and friendly hospitality complimented by excellent game experiences. It is our wish that you leave The Hide, with a greater sense of awareness of the beautiful wilderness that surrounds us.
Ian and Leanne Godfrey
The camp is managed by Ian and Leanne Godfrey who both share an amazing passion for the African bush. Ian has been working for The Hide since 2010 and is a certified Guide, whilst Leanne joined the team following on from their last daughter leaving the nest. With an enthusiastic and professional approach, they ensure that the camp runs smoothly with a friendly and personal touch. Leanne and Ian complement each other in managing the camp. Leanne is a wonderful host and administrator whilst Ian concentrates on guiding and the never ending building projects and overall maintenance in and around the camp. They have shared so many experiences at The Hide during their time and they are truly blessed with the new experiences and people they meet every day. Ian and Leanne have two daughters who share their passion for wildlife and the bush.
From Ian and Leanne:
“The most beautiful moment Ian has had whilst guiding is witnessing the birth of an elephant calf. Leanne just loves seeing elephants!”
Amon is our Head Chef and joined us in January 2012 having gained valuable work experience at another of Zimbabwe’s first class safari lodges in Victoria Falls. He has certainly taken the food at The Hide to a new level and is passionate about sourcing ingredients of the finest quality and enjoys experimenting on new creations which fuse to his heart’s content.
His style of cuisine balances the best of local and regional produce to create a memorable dining experience and together with his team, you can be rest assured that even the tastes of the most discerning traveller will be satisfied. Besides food Amon is a strong supporter of Arsenal Football Club in England. Raised in a family of 15 (yes, you read correctly – 15!!), Amon learned his cooking skills from his mother at an early age. His motto is “Let food be your medicine and your medicine be your food”.
Lindsay joined The Hide team in August 2013 having worked at other camps in Hwange National Park and is an integral part of daily life at the camp. Born in Mutare in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe, Lindsay had the privilege of growing up with her three siblings surrounded by bush and that is where her love of nature and wildlife first started. She finds getting to know people from all different walks of life and learning of different guest cultures and backgrounds very interesting. With a cheerful persona she ensures that all her guests’ needs are taken care of. In her spare time, Lindsay enjoys reading and traveling to new places.
Staff Behind the Scenes
Often behind the scenes and unnoticed are our team at the back of house. Many of them have been with The Hide since it’s inception and are really what make the camp tick. It’s the ladies and gents who do the washing and ironing, the cooks who prepare exquisite meals, the waiters who serve and wash the dishes, the staff who service the vehicles, clean the pool, sweep the paths. With smiling faces they go about their daily chores ensuring the camp runs like a well-oiled machine.
Our guides are highly trained and experts within their fields. Able to track large game they also take time to point out smaller things that can easily be missed by an untrained eye. Sharing their vast knowledge with you can greatly enhance your safari experience and you will begin to understand and appreciate this fragile environment we live in.
“Daffy” has been with us for as long as we can remember and really is part of the furniture. He joined the Hide in March 2000 and qualified as a Professional Guide in 2002. His previous experience as a Learner Guide working for a canoe adventure company took him to Kariba and the Zambezi River as well as Zambia. With a reputation for tracking down the big cats, a charismatic sense of humour and the patience of a saint, he is well known and much loved and he has his guests coming back time and time again to experience his genuine hospitality and incredible knowledge of the bush. Daffy is married with 5 children. His interests include learning more about his profession and he enjoys photography.
“My favorite part of guiding is getting to know what my guests are interested in and making sure I make a significant difference to their safari experience. Lions are my favourite animals, I love listening to the loud vibrating sound they make.”
Nicholas, joined The Hide in October 2003 and so has been with us now for almost 12 years. As a Learner Guide, Nic travelled extensively in Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia gaining experience with an overland safari operator. At The Hide, he qualified with his Professional Guide’s License in 2009. Known for his sharp wit and storytelling, there is no doubt that Nic will ensure that you have an enthralling experience tracking animals and enjoying the best of what his guiding qualities have to offer. He particularly enjoys taking his guests on bush walks, where one can pick up the smaller things in the bush that are not easily seen from a vehicle. Nic believes that talking about insects, plants, spoor, animal droppings and birds can be as exciting as tracking the larger game. Nic is married with 4 children and enjoys working on motor vehicles in his spare time as well as supporting his local football team.
“One day on a walking safari with my guests, we came across a dead impala in a tree. I told my guests that a resident leopard had killed it. While we were watching the impala, one of my guests asked me a question. “What had the impala been doing up the tree when the leopard killed it?”
Before I could answer some of my other guests started laughing.
I had to explain that, it was pulled up the tree by the leopard and impalas do not climb trees!”
Nkosi started at The Hide in August 2013 as a freelance Learner Guide and decided to stay on permanently later in 2014. His previous experience came from working at various safari camps in and around Hwange National Park. His gentle but enthusiastic manner will captivate you from the start as he shows you all he loves about this Park. Nkosi has a great interest in fishing and he enjoys reading magazines when he gets the chance. He is married with three children.
“My best guiding experience at The Hide was when we came upon a pride of 13 lions including small cubs. They had pulled down a full size adult giraffe which thrilled my guests. So much so that for the next 5 days all we did was watch these lions. It was always exciting.”