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Hwange National Park is one of Africa’s best kept secrets and we like to think of The Hide as our own little piece of heaven in this remarkable part of the world. The Hide provides guests with countless opportunities to observe an abundance of wildlife from your private tent or anywhere in camp, before even embarking on an activity in the concession.

Hwange National Park is well-known for being a birders paradise and having over 100 mammals, which include a vast number of elephants and is thought to be one of the largest populations of African wild dog left in the world.
So, the big question is, what can you expect on your dream trip in Hwange? We have made it easy for you by sharing our best 48 hours safari experience with you here.

Once you have settled in, your professional guide will discuss the variety of activities on offer, and as game drives are a great way to begin your safari, you will set off and explore Hwange. Expect to observe a vast variety of both bird and wildlife over the next few hours, so have your checklist and binoculars at the ready over the next two hours. Shortly before sunset, your guide will choose a beautiful spot where he will set up a range of premium drinks and snacks for you to enjoy whilst watching the spectacular African sunset over the horizon, giving you the opportunity to capture your first picture perfect moment in Hwange.

You will return to camp at approximately 7.00pm, in time for a hot shower and then evening drinks and snacks around a roaring campfire. At this time of the evening, wildlife frequents the illuminated waterhole, allowing you to watch over them, in a peaceful and relaxed and safe setting.

Elephants At The Hide

A delicious dinner is served from 8.00pm and guests gather around the table to share their exciting wildlife sightings and stories from the day. After dinner, if you are feeling up to it, guests have the opportunity of going on a night drive for 30 minutes to an hour, where spotlights are used to help spot nocturnal animals like the bat- eared fox, as well as lion, leopard and hyena. This can be an interesting and exciting drive where guests have seen up to 15 species before. After a very full first day, we wish you a restful night’s sleep!

A Full Day of Exploring Awaits you

Your day begins with the sound of birds chirping, the crisp smell of dew on the grass, and a gentle knock on the door with a delivery of your choice of tea, coffee or fruit juice. Once you are ready, you can join the rest of The Hide guests from 5.30am in the dining room for an early morning breakfast before setting out on your chosen activity. You can look at our popular activity options to select from here – http://www.thehide.com/activities/

There is no typical day at The Hide as it really depends on you how much or little you would like to do. Generally, we go out-and-about at the same time as the animals which is usually early mornings and late afternoons or evenings. However, the scope and scale of Hwange’s wildlife is such that there is generally always something to see. We don’t limit the number of activities you can do, so if you are keen to be out as much as possible., you could do an early morning walk followed by a morning drive before returning for lunch. In the afternoon you could head out again, stopping off for a sundowner and a night-drive back to camp.

The Hide Game Drive

One of our favourite morning activities is to experience the bush on foot, which provides you with an excellent opportunity to learn more about Hwange itself and its flora and fauna. A large variety of animals and birdlife can be encountered on these walks and our Professional Guides are trained to keep you safe always. Our walks are often some of the most memorable part of a guests stay with us and they can be educational too.

Once you return from you morning activity, a delightful luncheon will be served, followed by a well-deserved afternoon siesta in the comfort of your tent or simply spending some time relaxing in our lounge, overlooking the waterhole.

The Hide Main Areas

This is also an excellent time to be in the underground Hides, or game viewing from our elevated platform, which overlooks a large open area through which the movement of game is excellent.

The Wine Cellar and Waterhole Hideaway

Guests re-group again at mid-afternoon for tea where a leisurely afternoon game drive will follow, where you will go in search of the latest wildlife seen or continue tracking the predator spore you discovered that morning. All in all, you are guaranteed an action-packed day, with memories to last a lifetime and to end it paired with a sundowner in hand, watching animals gather around a waterhole, before darkness descends on the concession, is perfect in every way.

On arrival back in camp it is time to freshen up and settle back with a refreshment before sitting down to a well-deserved gourmet dinner, where your guide will keep you entertained with thrilling stories of his experiences in Zimbabwe.

Although the luxuries of your tent may keep you there, if you are up for an exhilarating and unforgettable experience we recommend spending the night in The Dove’s Nest tonight, where you can truly experience real Africa at its finest. Perfect for honeymooners and those looking for a taste of adventure you can learn more about The Dove’s Nest here –  http://www.thehide.com/the-doves-nest/

The Hide Doves Nest
Your Departure

You can choose to do an early morning activity or begin your day with a sizzling full cooked English breakfast. Once you are packed up and ready to depart, you will be taken to your scheduled flight or to meet your transfer vehicle. The team at The Hide will be sad to see you go today but we look forward to your return trip perhaps in the following year, where we will share another exciting safari experience together in Hwange National Park.

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8 Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Game Drive http://www.thehide.com/8-tips-to-get-the-most-out-of-your-game-drive/ Thu, 22 Mar 2018 08:11:16 +0000 http://www.thehide.com/?p=3365 The post 8 Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Game Drive appeared first on The Hide.

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You’re all booked and ready to travel to Africa for the safari adventure of a lifetime, you have made a list of the animals you’d most like to see, places you’d like to visit and the experiences you’re hoping to have. Now all that is left is to make sure you get the most out of your game drives!

In addition to the excitement and preparation of seeing animals in their natural habitat, there are several things you can do to really maximize your overall game drive experience and we would like to share our top tips on how to get the most out of this popular safari activity:

Giraffes -Game Drive At The Hide Hwange National Park
1. Switch off and Tune In

Being on an African safari is the perfect time to disconnect from the busy lifestyle you lead at home and fully embrace being in Mother Nature. What better way to begin your day, than with a knock on the door and freshly brewed tea and coffee delivered to your tent? You will then embark on an early morning game drive where you can take some time out to listen to the sounds that surround you and breathe in the scent of the bush. We recommend tuning out completely and turning your phone onto airplane mode, making use of the camera function only throughout your trip.

2. When and What Game Drive to do

There are a variety of game drives offered daily and guests are welcome to do as many or as few as desired. Game walk and game drive combinations are offered to guests wishing to experience the African bush by car and on foot, accompanied of course with a professional guide. As animals stick to their own schedules, the best game viewing is either at first light and around dusk. Even if you’re not a morning person, it is always good to motivate yourself to wake up early for a game drive as this is often the best time of day for sighting predators. Night game drives offer a good chance to explore and see a whole variety of animals that you would not see during the day. Remember, no two game drives will be the same so choosing to do a variety will give you a better chance of seeing everything on your bucket list.

Elephants - Game Drive At The Hide Hwange National Park
3. Safety and Security

Our professional and knowledgeable guides have decades of experience in not only spotting animals but in keeping you safe and out of harm’s way at all times. We ask that you pay attention to your guides safety briefing and refrain from leaning over the sides of the vehicle or leaving the vehicle at any time, unless where given instructions by your guide. Remember to keep your voice tones down so as to not disturb animals and also the other guests.

Game Drive At The Hide Hwange National Park
4. Pack Right

Being comfortable on your game drive journey is important as they do last for up to 4 hours. We suggest having the following on hand whilst on safari:
• Neutral colour clothing to fit in with your surroundings.
• A warm layer for the early morning and late evening drives. Ponchos and blankets are provided in the early mornings to keep you warm, but we do suggest you dress accordingly too.
• Comfortable walking shoes.
• Head protection in the form of a wide brimmed hat in the summer and a warm hat or beanie in the winter.
• Sunblock and sunglasses to protect your face from the African sun.
• A good camera with a spare pack of batteries, just in case.
• Good quality binoculars and ideally one pair for each person (there’s lots to see)!
• A sealable bag that can hold all your belongings on the drive.

5. Teaming up with your Guide

Feel free to engage with your guide at any time and to ask as many questions as you’d like. Also, feel free to point out anything you may see when you’re on the move as your guide will be focused on the road. Whilst on safari, nothing is too much trouble and our guides love meeting new guests and sharing their wildlife experiences with you. They will also be happy to help you check off ‘The Hide Species Checklist” which features all the birdlife and wildlife in the area. You can later take this home with you.

Lions Game Drive At The Hide Hwange National Park
6. Be Patient

The Hide is in a prime position in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest National Park and it is famous for its large elephant population, buffalo herds, painted dogs and much more. However, no game drive guarantees’ you will see everything, and this is part of the fun. Our team of guides will do their very best to ensure everyone is having a good time and will use all their tracking skills to find the animals you wish to see. In the meanwhile, enjoy the beautiful landscape that surrounds you and keep your eyes peeled!

7. Communication

A game drive takes place in a wild and foreign environment and can be daunting and even a little scary before setting out for your first drive. If you have any concerns that you think may impact your experience, it is best to communicate these to your guide or the camp manager. They will change things if needed to ensure you feel comfortable throughout your time at The Hide.

Cheetah Game Drive At The Hide Hwange National Park
8. Sharing Photography Duties

If you’re travelling with company, it is always a good idea to share the photography duties so that you can also put your camera down at times and witness the majesty of the African bush without worrying about capturing the perfect shot.

Most of all, have fun! This is a once in a lifetime experience and it’s not every day you get to be chauffeured around the African bush in search of wildlife. We look forward to welcoming you on your next or first Game Drive excursion at The Hide Safari Camp.

Lioness And Cub At the Hide Hwange National Park
Latest Trip Advisor Reviews:

“While in Africa we visited South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe and we stayed at several locations and went on many Safaris however the Hide was a stand out. The game viewing was like no other and our guide was so knowledgeable, we would sarcastically tell him what we wanted to see thinking there was no way it could happen and somehow every time he delivered. The staff were amazing at the Hide they really made you feel like family. I would highly recommend staying at the Hide for anybody coming to Zimbabwe for an amazing experience!”
morellibruno
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

“The game viewing far exceeded our expectations. Not only did we see all our favourite animals but ones like the rare painted dog graced our presence a few times and even mesmerized us with their hunting down a kudo. We also viewed a pride of lions in action as they attempted to take down the water buffalo.”
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Winnipeg, Canada

18th March 2018 – Latest Wildlife spotting’s at The Hide:

We’ve had four lions – “The Hide Pride” – seen quite often in and around the concession, once at K1, but generally quite close to camp. Cecil’s Pride have also been seen with Bhubesi at Ngweshla a few times. A few wonderful sightings of Sable, with quite a few young ones, which is great! We saw Hyena at sundowners and the guests saw some on a night drive too. We’ve also had elephant and Buffalo seen on the concession this week.

18th March 2018 – Latest Bird spotting’s at The Hide:

Ground hornbills, secretary birds, lilac breasted roller, fish eagle, Egyptian geese, Cape Glossy Starling, wood peckers and vultures. Spur fowls, guinea fowls. Blue waxbill, Francolins, Giant eagle owl, pearl spotted owl, barred owl, barn owl, ostrich. Meyer’s Parrot. Yellow billed kite, swallow tailed Bee eater. Kori bustard. Woolly necked stork, Marabou storks, Spurwing Geese, Crowned cranes, Lesser spotted and Wahlberg’s eagles, steppe eagle, Western banded snake eagle. Spoon bill, broad billed roller, saddle bill, Abdim’s storks. Carmine Bee-eaters. Whistling Ducks, Comb Ducks, Red billed teals

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Birds of A Feather: The Africa Edition http://www.thehide.com/birds-of-a-feather-the-africa-edition/ Sun, 11 Feb 2018 17:59:07 +0000 http://www.thehide.com/?p=1550   Southern Carmine Bee Eaters (Merops nubicoides) Weighing in at just 34 to 59 grams, these brightly-coloured little birds are a treat to behold. With their carmine bodies and bright blue head and under-tail, they generally hang out in large flocks, providing an amazing spectacle. They nest in the mud...

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Southern Carmine Bee Eaters (Merops nubicoides)

Weighing in at just 34 to 59 grams, these brightly-coloured little birds are a treat to behold. With their carmine bodies and bright blue head and under-tail, they generally hang out in large flocks, providing an amazing spectacle.

They nest in the mud banks of rivers and follow a migratory route, moving three times each year. These little jewels of the sky spend their time between Zimbabwe/Zambia/Namibia (August to November), northern South Africa (December to March) and equatorial Africa (March to August).

Plan your safari carefully to sneak a peek at these beauties as they hunt flying insects in flurries of color. Visit places like The Hide in Hwange or Chobe in Ocotber to watch this spectacular display during mating season.

Posted by Briony Chisholm on  in African Wildlife Features

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5 Reasons to go on a Romantic Safari Honeymoon http://www.thehide.com/5-reasons-go-romantic-safari-honeymoon/ Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:23:21 +0000 http://www.thehide.com/?p=3189 The post 5 Reasons to go on a Romantic Safari Honeymoon appeared first on The Hide.

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Your honeymoon is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that needs to be memorable, exciting and special. From adventures to laid-back, if a trip to a safari camp is not on your list of dreamiest, most romantic and memorable honeymoon destinations, then it should be. The hard part is only choosing where to go on your honeymoon to Africa, so we have narrowed it down for you.

Hwange is Zimbabwe’s largest National Park and has some of the best wildlife in Southern Africa. With its stunning landscapes, large herds of elephants and spectacular sunsets, this is guaranteed to set the perfect tone for your marriage.

The Hide Safari Camp is in a private concession but within Hwange National Park on the eastern boundary and it has set a bar of excellence and luxury for Hwange National Park accommodation. From outdoor baths overlooking a wildlife-rich waterhole to private hide sits where you can watch some of the Big 5 meanders right past you, this luxury tented camp guarantees a life-enriching safari experience.

If you needed any further convincing, then look at our top five reasons why The Hide Safari Camp is the perfect honeymoon destination for you:
Romantic Safari Exictement
Romantic Safari Wildlife
Romantic Safari Privacy
1.The Excitement

There is something thrilling and romantic about staying in a tent on safari where you can soak up the glow of lantern light on canvas walls, drift off to sleep to the sounds of the African night, and feel like you are the only couple in Africa. Honeymooners can enjoy candle-lit dinners in their tent or under starry skies, private game vehicles and guides for all activities, or relax, sundowner in hand, on your private veranda overlooking the waterhole.

2. The Wildlife

With an endless range of activities on offer, you are bound to have an adventure! Our team of knowledgeable guides are passionate about conservation, showing you as many animals as possible and are well-known for pouring the perfect G&T on the sunset drives.

You can take your pick of daily activities which include bush walks, game drives and hide sits. Bush walks are an authentic and exhilarating way to get to know Africa’s flora and fauna and observe wildlife from a safe distance. Morning and afternoon game drives are the best way to see the variety of wildlife and scenery of the park. Lastly, our Waterhole Hideaways are something truly unique, where camera in hand, you can watch wildlife unseen and capture stunning pictures, all under disguise.

3. Personalised Service

The Hide Safari Camp is an expert at small, thoughtful touches that will make for an unforgettable honeymoon. You can tailor make your honeymoon itinerary to suit you and we will ensure personalized service throughout your trip, as we know honeymoons only come around once!

Romantic Safari Service
Romantic Safari Food
Romantic Safari Everthing
4. Treehouse Camping!

What better way to start the rest of your lives together than sharing a night, counting some of the most beautiful stars on earth? Connect with nature in total peace and privacy when you spend a night in the Doves Nest, a secluded and luxury tree house. The Dove’s Nest provides you with a picture-perfect elevated space from which to survey nature!

5. Indulging Your Senses

Honeymoons are all about indulging in sensual delights and the Hide’s bar staff and chefs certainly deliver with their refreshments and cuisine. Picture yourself enjoying a cool sundowner overlooking a waterhole, observing herds of animals coming down to drink at dusk and then, being ushered to a freshly prepared delicious dinner. Your taste buds will be as enthralled on your romantic honeymoon as your eyes and ears.

In short, we think we have everything you need for a  perfect and memorable honeymoon!

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2017: The Hide Community Trust Review http://www.thehide.com/2017-the-hide-community-trust-review/ Mon, 01 Jan 2018 09:35:24 +0000 http://www.thehide.com/?p=3138 The post 2017: The Hide Community Trust Review appeared first on The Hide.

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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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