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We have really felt The Hide Community Trust take off in its third year running. This year we have been focusing on REGENERATION, RENEWAL, GROWTH, and HOPE. We are so excited to see our grassroots foundations spreading slowly but surely as more and more people come together for something better.

Here are a few highlights over the year.

The Hide Conservation Agriculture

Conservation Agriculture

At the end of 2016, we held our first workshop on Conservation Agriculture – a whole new concept of farming for subsistence farmers who live on the outskirts of Hwange National Park. At the beginning, most thought we were crazy and carried on with their old ways of farming. Only two people adopted the concept  and tried it out. At the end of the first season, their yields were higher than ever before! Word spread quickly and in no time at all we had a whole lot more farmers coming to us to learn these concepts. This year we now have 30 farmers who have been trained and are now training others in these concepts too!

The Hide Behive Fencing

Beehive Fencing

First of all, we made top bar beehives and hung them around areas where trees where being destroyed by elephants around camp. The hives were filled with bees in days and are working so well that we then moved out to the communal land. We are now working with two farmers and have placed hives around their fields which act as a fence to protect their crops from hungry elephants! It is a known fact that elephants are terrified of bees and won’t go anywhere near them and this also means that the farmer gets to generate a further income from the sale of elephant friendly honey!

The Hide Bottle To Bead

Bottle to Bead

We made kilns out of termite mound clay and spare car parts in order to make these beautiful glass beads. We are so thankful to Cedi who kindly visited us from Ghana to teach us this wonderful skill. Now we have two groups of very eager bead makers in the communities who each have very distinctive and beautiful styles.
It also means that we can recycle all of our glass bottles from the lodge as well – come and buy your beads from our shop at the Hide and know that each sip of wine you have now is going to a great cause!

The Hide World Environment Day

World Environment Day

All six of the conservation clubs met at Chezhou Primary school to build this beautiful ‘Peace on Earth’ bench on world environment day. The bench is made out of plastic bottles stuffed with rubbish collected along the roadside for bricks and plastered with pressed earth that was squished together with lots of little toes!

The Hide Rocket Stoves

Rocket Stoves

We are so grateful to #softfootalliance for teaching us how to make these BEAUTIFUL rocket stoves! Being able to make these efficient stoves out of locally sourced materials means that significantly less wood is now needed to cook with, only a handful of sticks are needed to cook a meal, and unlike open fires that people usually use to cook on there is much less smoke with the rocket stoves meaning less respiratory diseases in children inhaling smoke! They can also be used to help generate an income by selling them on to neighboring communities too! All in all, we are thrilled!

The Hide Tree Planting

Tree Planting

During this year’s National tree planting week, we celebrated by having two great tree planting sessions. On the first day, we gave each member of our conservation farming group a range of indigenous trees with medicinal properties as well as a few fruit trees to plant in their homesteads. Each of these trees were propagated in our tree nursery at The Hide. We also held a tree planting day at St Francis Primary school in collaboration with a few other NGO organizations along with all the conservation clubs from 6 surrounding primary schools.The theme for the day was ‘Fruit Trees for Food Security and Nutrition‘. The children created a beautiful orchard by planting 100 different fruit trees. On top of this, a further 200 fruit trees were distributed between all 6 schools to plant on their school grounds as well.

The Hide Pack for a Purpose

Pack for a Purpose

We are so grateful to all our kind guests who brought these amazing supplies from all over the world via our Pack for a Purpose link. We keep these all until the end of the year so that we can hand them out at prize giving and to schools in need so that they can begin their year with a good start.

The Hide Educations

Education

Prize giving in Zimbabwe is different to most other schools around the world. Education is taken so seriously that when a child wins a prize, the whole family runs up, cheers with the child and carries them forward to receive their prize!

Last of all, We would like to say a very big THANK YOU to all of our wonderful friends of The Hide who have supported us so graciously. We are truly grateful for it all!

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The Hide Safari Camp 2017 Highlights http://www.thehide.com/the-hide-safari-camp-highlights-2017/ Fri, 22 Dec 2017 14:53:55 +0000 http://www.thehide.com/?p=3090 The post The Hide Safari Camp <br> 2017 Highlights appeared first on The Hide.

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From safari adventures to Zimbabwe making history, 2017 has been a truly memorable and exciting year for The Hide Safari Camp and our beloved country.

The Hide 25th Anniversary

Our 25th Anniversary

We had much to celebrate this year with The Hide turning 25! The camp started as a simple vision and dream to create something exceptional in this wonderful corner of Africa and it has since grown, over the years, to become one of the most iconic and celebrated camps in Southern Africa. In honour of this momentous occasion, we hosted a variety of events and encouraged guests who have shared our journey over the last 25 years, to send through old pictures, so we could re-live their safari experience again.

If you have not already, we encourage all our guests from all over the world to share and recount memories from the past quarter of a century at The Hide, so we can upload them on our website here: http://www.thehide.com/hide-25th-anniversary/

Kakore Buffalo Kill

Throughout the safari season we see lots of the day’s action unfolding right in front of camp, where wildlife loves to gather. We had an exhilarating experience this year when wildlife photographer, conservationist and lawyer Callum Gerrish, was staying with us and he fortunately witnessed an incredible and unique sighting. A young well-known male lion, named Kakore, had a buffalo kill right in camp and devoured his meal right outside Tent 7, where Callum was residing, allowing him to capture some amazing photographs.

Kakore Buffalo Kill
The Hide Cheetah Sightings

Cheetah Sightings

The scope and scale of Hwange’s wildlife is such that there is always something exciting to see on your activities and fantastic photographic opportunities around every corner.

One of our highlights this year was seeing this beautiful family of Cheetahs at our waterhole, a mother, and her five teenage cubs.

Kristina Guberman Visits The Hide

We had a notable actress and lifestyle blogger, Kristina Guberman, visit us at The Hide this year to shoot her TV show “Epic Safari Girl” which is set to be released middle of 2018. Kristina’s blog of her Zimbabwean wildlife and bush adventures is entertaining and beautifully compiled.

Take a look at her blog here: https://goo.gl/n2WgEA or a sneak peek of her upcoming show: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bbcz0OgF2rN/

Kristina Guberman Visits The Hide
The Hide Doves Nest Upgrade

The Dove’s Nest Upgrade

The Hide’s secret getaway, The Dove’s Nest, received an upgrade this year and now provides the perfect romantic night out in Hwange! We plan to extend this even further by adding a new bathroom in 2018 which will further compliment this unique and private retreat.

Hide Community Trust

Over the years we have firmly believed that to protect our environment in Hwange, the first place to start with is to support the people who live there. With this in mind, we created The Hide Community Trust in 2015, a non-profit organization that runs alongside The Hide Safari Camp, working with a small community that surrounds Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.

Empowering communities to generate an income whilst at the same time as protecting their environment is our mission and this year we placed our focus on two main goals. Poverty relief of the generation of wealth by a promotion of social enterprise as well as education on the importance of environmental conservation.

We put this into action by holding tree planting sessions, making homemade compost to cover fields, creating beautiful rocket stove and we even managed a kiln out of termite mounds and spare car parts, to make beautiful glass beads to re-sell.  Click here to read more and follow the latest projects: https://www.facebook.com/thehidecommunitytrust/

The Hide Community Trust
The Hide Community Trust

With Christmas just around the corner, we wish you all happy holidays and we look forward to sharing yet another year in Hwange with you all in 2018!

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High Tea with Elephants http://www.thehide.com/high-tea-with-elephants/ Thu, 23 Nov 2017 14:31:40 +0000 http://www.thehide.com/?p=2865 The post High Tea with Elephants appeared first on The Hide.

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After reading Brian Jackman’s ‘High Tea With Elephants’, I felt it would be apt to start with this: ‘Africa changes you, like nowhere on earth. Once you have been there, you will never be the same. But how do you begin to describe it’s magic to someone who has never felt it? How can you explain the fascination of this vast, dusty continent, whose oldest roads are elephant paths?’. It was as I stood to gaze in awe at the endless rolling plains of the Mbiza pan, that I felt humbled and realised that this experience is truly something that must be felt, to be understood.

The Hide Elephant Sunset
The Hide Game Drive

In that light, October in Hwange National Park is nothing short of magic.
The air of anticipation is palpable as October’s heat brings with it a build-up of magnificent thunderous clouds, threatening rain. While we’re on the weather, as threatening as these rain clouds may be, if you plan to visit in October rain is unlikely, so pack for the heat as temperatures can reach up to 40 degrees Celsius.

During the driest months of the year water is pumped from underground sources to surface pans providing an oasis for Hwange’s bountiful wildlife providing spectacular game viewing opportunities with a backdrop of breathtaking landscapes.

In contrast to my last visit to The Hide earlier this year, palettes of soft-lush greens and blues had been replaced with rich hazy golds and candy floss skies. For photography enthusiasts, this time of year in Hwange is unparalleled.

The drive from Hwange Main Camp to The Hide is an experience in itself.
As you journey down the dusty roads of Zimbabwe’s largest national park you are greeted with an abundance of wildlife. Herds of zebra, impala, and other plains game skip along the roadside, accompanied by dashes of vibrant birdlife such as the lilac-breasted roller. If you’re lucky you may even catch a glimpse of the elusive leopard, or painted dog.

One of the many luxuries while staying at The Hide is the resident watering hole, teaming with creatures both large and small and only a stone’s throw from the dining area. A certain feast for the eyes. At any given time of day, you can be sure to share high tea with some of Africa’s gentle giants.

Just under an hour’s drive from camp and usually a sundown destination is the utterly breath-taking Mbiza Pan. This panoramic bliss is the perfect spot to sit, unwind and enjoy the sheer, boundless beauty that surrounds. The Mbiza Pan has seen a recent influx of elephant with estimates of just over 500 stopping in to quench their thirst in the past week. Cheetah are among some the incredible big cats to have been spotted near the pan.

The Hide’s boasts a team of amenable and impressively knowledgeable guides, whom you will be warmly greeted and accompanied by throughout your stay. It was my guide, Daffy who informed me of the great male lion, Kakore who had been seen feeding on a waterbuck not far from camp. While Cecil’s pride was seen lazing nonchalant in the mid-day heat at Ngweshala.

In electric anticipation I wait, as the golden sun set’s, to hear his distant roar. There is nothing quite as magical as the night in the African Bush. The air becomes rich with the gentle, ambient chorus of nocturnal creatures. Entranced and lulled to sleep by the symphony of crickets and night birds, the soft swooshing and quiet rumbles of elephant drinking at the waterhole and the distant roar of a lion, perhaps Kakore.

This is the authenticity of the African, raw uncut and wild, transcending any preconceptions that one may have had. An experience that truly must be felt, to be understood…

The Hide Luxury Tents
The Hide Cheetah Sightings

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70th Birthday Calls for Celebrations! http://www.thehide.com/mary-jane-markle/ Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:25:40 +0000 http://www.thehide.com/?p=2663 Boy, I wish I had a picture or two to share but alas, I do not.  The 70th birthday for my husband, John was celebrated at The Hide.  Not only did we have a delicious birthday cake but the entire staff turned out in full force.  Singing and dancing under...

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Boy, I wish I had a picture or two to share but alas, I do not.  The 70th birthday for my husband, John was celebrated at The Hide.  Not only did we have a delicious birthday cake but the entire staff turned out in full force.  Singing and dancing under the candles in the trees and stars in the sky and making this an evening to be remembered always.
Thank you for an unbelievable time with you!  We loved every moment.
Mary Jane Markle

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My Story Into Zimbabwe http://www.thehide.com/dana-warnquist/ Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:15:11 +0000 http://www.thehide.com/?p=2649 The post My Story Into Zimbabwe appeared first on The Hide.

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My story.
Into Zimbabwe …
Most would plan a trip like this for a while, as it was a trip of a lifetime.  However, we learned rather last minute that our daughter, and other students at Penn State University, would be traveling to Zambia in June 2015 as part of a long-term project of the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) program.  Living and working with locals, farmers, and business people, the project and the team build self-sustaining affordable greenhouses in developing countries. Our daughter would spend three weeks in Zambia, after which we would meet her and explore Zimbabwe and Botswana.
Before we connected with our daughter, my husband and I headed to Hwange National Park and the Hide Safari Camp for a few – never to forget – days.  Evening drives in this part of the world revealed the most beautiful, star-filled skies we have ever experienced. It is here that I had the good fortune to photograph and experience Cecil the Lion in his environment, just before his life was tragically shortened.  This experience inspired me to write a children’s book, titled, Roary the Lion, in the hopes that the story may be a way to start the next generation thinking about the need for environmental protection.
For my part, all proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to environmental protection and wildlife conservation programs.  I hope these beautiful animals will be with us for many generations to come.

I am truly grateful that we were guests at the Hide, and for our experiences in beautiful Africa.
By Dana Warnquist

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Unforgettable Honeymoon and Homecoming http://www.thehide.com/chianon-mutsiwegota/ Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:12:34 +0000 http://www.thehide.com/?p=2646 The post Unforgettable Honeymoon and Homecoming appeared first on The Hide.

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Hello,
The Hide holds a special place in my heart as it is where my husband and I started our honeymoon in Zimbabwe. He is originally from Zim but hadn’t been back in almost 16 years and so not only was this a trip that was so special to us because of our marriage but it was a sort of a homecoming for him as we reunited with so many family members on this trip and the Hide just started our journey.
I had never been to Africa let alone a safari camp but my favorite animals are elephants. I am so intrigued by their strength and grace and just how powerful they are and I was able to witness some amazing encounters of them at the Hide. I will never forget when we were picked up by Ngosi (our amazing guide), he took us on a short drive while we waited on another couple that was staying the same time we were and we happened to stumble across an elephant. I almost jumped out of the car I was so excited and he calmly looked back at me and said “If you like that one, you are going to love staying at the Hide” and boy was he right.
The game drives and see the animals were truly amazing but more so than anything the people, service and kindness we experienced while at the Hide was indescribable. We would go back in a heartbeat and I would recommend the Hide to any and everyone I know.
Thank you #theHide for making my honeymoon and homecoming for my husband so unforgettable and being a part of a life changing time in our lives.
By Chianon Mutsiwegota

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Delayed By A Bull Elephant http://www.thehide.com/ian-foster/ Mon, 31 Jul 2017 12:57:26 +0000 http://www.thehide.com/?p=2623 The post Delayed By A Bull Elephant appeared first on The Hide.

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I was there with my sister Heather and her friend from 11 to 13 June 2015.
We were delayed by a bull elephant in the National Park on the way to the Hide and were very fortunate the next morning to see a wild dog and then Cecil running across the clearing, so we jumped in the Toyota to see Cecil coming down the road.  We tracked them down again a couple of days later. Unfortunately, this was just before Cecil was killed.  We got to see lots of other fascinating birds and game including sable antelope at The Hide. Great memories, I hope to return one day.
Best wishes to all and wishing you every success for the next 25 years.
Ian Foster

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Memorable Cat Sightings! http://www.thehide.com/carren-webber/ Mon, 31 Jul 2017 12:51:46 +0000 http://www.thehide.com/?p=2617 I came to Hwange and The Hide hoping to see my favorite animal, the lion. Unfortunately, Cecil had just been killed and all the lionesses and cubs were in hiding. But I did not come up empty of big cat sightings. When we first arrived we saw this mother cheetah...

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I came to Hwange and The Hide hoping to see my favorite animal, the lion. Unfortunately, Cecil had just been killed and all the lionesses and cubs were in hiding. But I did not come up empty of big cat sightings. When we first arrived we saw this mother cheetah teaching her 3 cubs to hunt.  My most memorable experience. 😍
I hope to return some day soon.
By Carren Webber
USA

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Sundown Birthday Celebrations! http://www.thehide.com/evelyn-ted-maythorne/ Mon, 31 Jul 2017 12:41:50 +0000 http://www.thehide.com/?p=2668 The post Sundown Birthday Celebrations! appeared first on The Hide.

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Dear All,

Congratulations on your 25th and may you have at least another 25 years. Ted and I had a wonderful time having sun downers surrounded by elephants on Ted’s birthday 1st May.
By Evelyn & Ted Maythorne

 

 

 

 

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Our “Second Honeymoon” Experience. http://www.thehide.com/jenny-john-major/ Mon, 31 Jul 2017 12:40:25 +0000 http://www.thehide.com/?p=2621 The post Our “Second Honeymoon” Experience. appeared first on The Hide.

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Our visit to The Hide was our first experience of Safari life. We were lucky enough to see a wide variety of animals and birds, including lions and cheetas.
We were accommodated in the Honeymoon Suite – our first taste of ‘glamping’ – and were extremely impressed with the level of comfort and space. We were so close to the animals at the waterhole that our first night was spent climbing in and out of bed to try to sight what was passing our way.
The level of hospitality, meals and knowledge of the safari guides and owners will always remain with us and became the standard by which the rest of the holiday was compared.
Not sure how we qualified for the honeymoon suite, being in our 70’s but maybe we looked like we could do with another honeymoon some 47 years after the first one.
By Jenny and John Major.

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