Why The Hide is the Ultimate Family Safari in Africa

By May 30, 2018News

Local African cultures are known for their strong family traditions and bonds and children are always welcome on safari, especially at The Hide Safari Camp, located in Hwange, Zimbabwe’s largest National Park. As a family-owned camp, we love the idea of families gathering and sharing the life-changing experience of being on safari together and the countless memories that will be recounted for years to come.

The Hide Safari Father Son Game Viewing

Priceless moments immersed in the African bush.

Going on an African safari as a family allows you to disconnect from your busy lives and routine and can be an educational experience for your children in so many ways. However, it also has its own unique set of challenges, like how to keep your children safe and often, how to keep them entertained. Luckily for you, The Hide has this covered, ensuring a seamless and memorable safari experience for the whole family!

The Hide Safari Options

Family Safari Game Drive.

We pride ourselves on offering the very best family safaris in Zimbabwe and our camps were created with families in mind. With a wide range of accommodation options available for you and your children to enjoy the magic of the African bush in a luxurious and comfortable environment to our knowledgeable guides and talented chefs who can tailor your days and meals to ensure everyone is happy.

The Hide Ostrich

Ensuring the little ones have fun and are safe is important to us at The Hide.  

Take a look at our top five reasons on why The Hide offers the ultimate family safari in Africa and if you needed one more to help you make a firm decision – here it is – CHILDREN STAY FREE! What more can you want?

1. Private Family Accommodation

Tom’s Little Hide and The Private Hide welcome children of all ages to experience the beauty and fun of the National Park whilst being in a safe and comfortable environment always. Both these camps can be booked exclusively and are ideal for families who would like to stay together in complete privacy.

The Private Hide offers family tents which can accommodate two adults and two children in full-size beds. Each room has its own en suite bathroom with an indoor bath and outdoor shower. The main lodge offers a private dining area, open-air lounge and plunge pool. You will have your own private guide and vehicle throughout your stay and with a wide range of activities on offer, you can tailor make each day to suit the whole family!

The Hide Deluxe Tents

Luxurious Family Tents

Tom’s Little Hide is perfect for families and children of all ages are welcome here. Built as a tribute to Tom Preston, Tom’s Little Hide is a beautifully authentic safari house set just along from The Hide. At Tom’s Little Hide you have no worries about intruding on other guests and it really is the ideal place to enjoy a relaxing exclusive safari.  As Tom’s days are filled as you wish to spend them, you can choose to either explore the National Park all day, right to the farthest reaches, or relax by the poolside and soak in the views that surround you.

Tom's Little Hide Accomodation Hwange National Park

The privacy of Tom’s Little Hide.

2. Knowledgeable and Professional Guides

Our experienced and long-standing guides effortlessly engage children throughout a safari trip, introducing special programs about wildlife and conservation and constantly sharing information about Africa and its diverse cultures. Out guides at The Hide are very much part of the family, having been with us for many years. They have undergone some of the most rigorous training in Africa and their passion for and knowledge of the bush is often what makes a safari so truly special. We have seen many a time, inquisitive children following their guides around camp with a list of questions they need answered!

Children on Safari With Guide The Hide

Our expect guide Daffy is a favourite with the children.

3. An Educational Experience

The Hide offers various activities each day for families to embark on and some of these have been tailored to offer fantastic learning opportunities for your children. It is often said that traveling is the best education and at The Hide, you can see why.

Our children friendly bush walks around the Camp offer a unique and fun way for children to enjoy a nature lesson where they will learn to identify spoor, naming of flora and fauna, and discovering traditional uses of plants. Children, in particular, are often enthralled by the smaller species and creepy-crawlies such as lizards and dung beetles, so our guides are sure to point these all out for your children to admire.

Elephants Game Viewing At the Waterhole The Hide

As many daily activities as you’d like from bush walks to a variety of game drives.

The Hide Sit offers another exceptional way for children to quietly observe some of Africa’s Big Five, up-close close whilst being in a comfortable and safe space. Now that’s an experience they can recount with delight to their friends once they get home.

The Hide Activities - Waterhole Hideaways

The Hide Sit perfectly camouflaged.

As The Hide is located in our own private concession, we can take you out on night drives where children can spot all those nocturnal animals they read about in books, as well as being a chance to soak up the exquisite stillness of the African bush at night, surrounded by a blanket of brightly lit stars.


4. The Hide Community Trust

Travel is perhaps the best way to educate and expose children to different cultures and ways of living that fosters empathy, compassion and encourages them to be responsible world travellers thereafter.

The Hide Community Trust runs alongside The Hide and is partnered with a local community that surrounds Hwange National Park. The Community Trust aims to relieve poverty, empower women, promote education and work hand in hand with conservation programs. Local rural communities need support, not charity, and The Hide works hard to provide them with this.

School Children The Hide Community Trust

One of the many children The Hide Community Trust assists through its programme.

Families and their children are invited to visit our community schools, partake in any projects at the time of their visit and our guides are always happy to show guests all the amazing hard work being done by the community surrounding the Camp.

School Children The Hide Community Trust

Guests are always welcome to visit the community schools and interact with the children.

5. Fun and Games Back at Camp

Family vacations are the perfect time to relax and regroup with our families either whilst doing active activities, enjoying sit-down meal together or frolicking in the pool. At The Hide, you can completely disconnect from the electronic world and reconnect with your family by playing board games, cards or just sharing stories, under starry skies, around a blazing warm campfire together.

The Private Hide

Nothing beats family time around the fire under the African sky.

We look forward to welcoming you and your family to The Hide, and sharing the ultimate family safari in one of the most magical National Parks that Africa has to offer. Contact us to find out more about our kids for free special.