Sundowners and Tractor Tyre Rafting at The Hide

By January 26, 2015News
First published on the Classic Camps of Africa website.

Sundowners’ in Zimbabwe’s bushveld, while on safari is something everyone should experience. It’s a soul-quietening, awe-inspiring affair which has the power to make you feel part of nature. And the cold G ‘n T in hand as you salute the African sunset only adds to the magnificence of the moment.

One of The Hide’s most recent guest’s wrote about their stay at the camp on Trip Advisor and noted the sundowner experiences as real highlights of their trip.

“Easy living in the wild”

This was our first trip to Hwange/ZImbabwe/Africa on a leisure trip. We were met at the Hwange airport by our guide and quickly on our way to The Hide. Leisurely pace when entering the park. Plenty of animals on the way in. As newbies we were happy to see anything and were rewarded with a large group of giraffes after less than an hour. Upon arrival we were briefed, checked in and told the major times for activities. Our drink preferences were taken and after a quick change we were off for a sunset drive. We had two young boys with us and the staff were very helpful in accommodating requests and suggesting activities to keep them entertained.

The drives were frequent and varied. We saw lions over a fresh kill, elephants, Cape Buffalo, giraffes and plenty of birds. Although the guides can’t control the animals they all worked together to try and locate the best viewing and alert one another to their location. Jean was a budding photographer and he was very helpful in suggesting camera settings and shot types to get the best memories from the trip.

The rooms were nice and comfortable, food was excellent and the drinks were cold when they needed to be. Sundowners and snacks were a favorite along with the night drives. Everyone had a good time and for a family with children this was an excellent place to experience our first true safari.”

The Hide Safari Camp is fanatical about nature and the Hwange wilderness that surrounds it. “Beauty without borders” is its motto and this describes its location perfectly. Set in Zimbabwe’s wild and wonderful Hwange National Park, the camp has a reputation as the ideal safari destination.

Guests can custom-make their days and are spoilt to safari activities as part of their stay. Game drives, bush walks and game watching from a hide are a few of the options available and relaxation is encouraged, in whatever form guests choose to consume it in.

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Gavin from The Hide, shared some of the camp’s recent news. He mentioned that they had a fantastic festive season in camp with the most fabulous wildlife sightings. The Hide is constantly humbled by the wonderful guest feedback they receive. It is wonderful to know that guests enjoyed their safari experience to the maximum.

Gavin also told of the allure of the rainy season at camp.

“One might think that the Green Season (rainy season) is not the time of year to see fantastic wildlife. How wrong could one be! For some wildlife enthusiasts the Green Season is a very special time with migratory birds arriving in large numbers, the animals dropping their young and predator activity at its best.

At The Hide, we have been gifted with a wildlife extravaganza! We have 6 Painted Dog (wild dogs) who have been active in and around camp. On two separate occasions they chased Bush Buck into the reception. On one of these occasions, the one clever Bush Buck ran through reception which foiled the chase. The other was not so lucky as it was caught by our wood stock pile and with management watching from just 15 meters away, made short work of the wild dog’s meal.”

Painted-Dog. Photo: Jean-Blake

We were updated on more action and all the recent happenings in camp too. Here is The Hide’s news in Gavin’s own words:

“We have a pride of 6 lions making regular kills on our concession and providing excellent photographic opportunities for our guests. Cecil and Jericho, our two large male lions whom we see often, have had a big fall out, no doubt over some lady troubles. We will keep you posted as this unravels. A pair of cheetah and another lone male cheetah have also been seen regularly taking advantage of the abundant young impala.

Hwange National Park can become desperately dry in the hot summer months so any rain is welcomed by all. Well, whoever has been praying for rai,n their prayers have been answered, and please keep praying! We have had incredible rains this season producing flash flooding not seen for many few years. We have had 710mm of rain already compared to the 640mm total rainfall received in the previous season.

Two of our guests suggested to Daffy, our senior guide that a canoeing safari was in order. We don’t have canoes in camp but Daffy, in his usual good spirits and creativeness, made two oars from discarded timber and inflated a large tractor tyre. The 3 men set off on their rafting expedition through The Hide waterhole and down the Kennedy vlei in front of tent 6 and 7. Apparently, we now offer Floating Tractor Tyre Safaris at The Hide…haha! Well done Daffy and thank you Luis and Felipe for sharing your pictures with us.”

Photo: Luis and Felipe

The Hide would like to warmly welcome Kim Beyers to The Hide family. Kim is representing The Hide in South Africa. We are delighted to have Kim on board and have no doubt she will add wonderful value. You can contact Kim on kim@thehide.co.zw

Development news in camp includes the announcement that some renovation work will begin in February. Gavin said, “We have 5 main projects in mind among other smaller jobs. We will be building an under-ground tunnel linking the A-Frame to our new underground hide, upgrading the 4 Classic Tents to Deluxe, replacing soft furnishings to uplift the tents, re-thatching 3 of our tent roofs, and very excitingly, building a “lapa” (a private dining, lounge, deck and plunge pool). This will be available to guests who are seeking total exclusivity so perfect for honeymooners or private guided safaris.”

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Green Season Special

The Hide has introduced a third season to their rates in 2014 and 2015. They have created a mid-season from 1 April – 30 June using what were the normal green season rates for this period.

Please contact reservations@thehide.co.zw or marketing@thehide.co.zw for more information and other specials.
Telephone 04-498835/5.