The Hide Safari Camp

Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

At a Glance

  • Watch herds of elephant coming to drink from the camp waterhole through the day and under floodlights at night

  • Spend a night sleeping out in the bush at the "Dove Nest" treehouse

  • Get up close to the game from one of the camp's disguised hides, incredible photo opportunities

  • Hwange is home to an incredible diversity of wildlife, a true big, and little, game experience

  • Head out on a night drive to catch the nocturnal species on the move

  • Take a look in the gift shop where they stock beautiful African animal charms

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From mid May through to early August the days are warm and clear but the night time temperatures can drop below freezing. September through to May is generally hot in the day and warm at night, Hwange sees rain from late November to April.

The best time for game viewing is from August to early November, water is scarce, the bush has died back and game congregates around the pumped waterholes. Birdlife is prolific during the rainy season, and although the game has dispersed due to readily available surface water, this is still a great time to experience Hwange as the National Park hums with life.

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Insider's View

Spend a night in the 'Doves Nest' tree house

Get set up in a hide with your guide and camera and get ready to capture some photos that will blow your mind.

Have the luxury of two incredible hides to give you amazing perspectives for your photos

Go for a game drive after dinner for a chance to spot some of those nocturnal animals

The Hide, as the name suggests, has one (or in fact two) of the best photography hides in the park with elephants particularly attracted to the waterhole here

Honeymooners in particular will enjoy the unique opportunity to have dinner in the wine cellar which is sunk below camp and just a short walk from the waterhole which is lit at night

Spend a night sleeping out in the wild at The Dove’s Nest for the chance to connect with the nature around you

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The Hide Safari Camp has occupied a quiet corner close to the Eastern boundary of Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park for nearly 20 years. Over this period the camp has earned itself a reputation for offering an exceptional safari experience.

The Hide Safari Camp was first established in Hwange National Park back in 1992 by the Preston family. The ten tented suites are sited with views over a popular waterhole, regularly thick with game through day and night. Great game viewing and excellent guiding, comfortable accommodation and a relaxed camp atmosphere combine to create a fantastic safari for all visitors to this iconic Zimbabwean national park.

Hwange is Zimbabwe's largest national park, covering an area of 14,651 square kilometres along the country's western border with Botswana. Originally a hunting ground for the Matabele kings, and later hunted tirelessly by white hunters in search of trophies, Hwange became a conservation area in 1928 under the watch of the park's first warden Ted Davison. Today, through the efforts of tourism leaders and charitable foundations, the park is a haven for Zimbabwe's common and endangered wildlife. These organisations provide the funding and expertise to maintain a network of pumps which fill waterholes throughout the park, providing year round surface water for the huge herds of elephant and buffalo living here.

The Hide is set on one such waterhole, large breeding herds of elephant and massive bulls are a common sight from camp, and can be enjoyed up close from one of the camp's carefully disguised hides.

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The Hide has been voted the “Best Tented Safari Camp” in Zimbabwe on thirteen occasions. The tented rooms are spacious and comfortable and all enjoy great views over the waterhole from their private veranda.

There are ten luxury safari tents, guests can choose between the classic tents, deluxe tents and family suites. All tents are en suite, classic tents have indoor and outdoor showers, while the deluxe and family tents all have indoor showers and either indoor or outdoor baths. One room is suitable for disabled guests. All of the rooms are insect proofed and individually decorated with traditional teak furniture.

The latest addition to The Hide is Tom's House, an exclusive use property situated a short distance from the main camp itself. Tom's House is made up of two rooms in the main house and two rooms in other tented sections of the house. The rooms inter-lead making them ideal for families. Tom's House comes complete with a private guide and vehicle.

Classic Room

Classic tented room with en-suite bathroom and an outside shower.

Deluxe Room

These deluxe rooms have a side sitting room where an extra bed can be set up for children.

Honeymoon Suites

Larger than the classic rooms and with a large stand alone bath as well as an outdoor shower.

Tom's House

Exclusive-use safari house offering private accommodation from four to eight people. Complete with private kitchen, lounge and plunge pool.


Children under the age of 10 are not usually allowed at The Hide. However, with prior arrangement and approval: depending on other guests in the camp or block-booking, children can stay with parents in the family suites. Children of 16 years and above are allowed to join on walks.


The main lodge has a dining area where guests gather together at meal times. There is a comfortable lounge for relaxing in between game drives and after dinner. The small pool is welcome in the heat of the hot summer afternoons. There is a daily laundry service, 24-hour electricity, intermittent phone reception and a landline at the main reception.


A good range of activities are on offer at The Hide. The focus is on morning and afternoon game drives, which enable guests to cover ground through this vast area, thus achieving the best possible sightings over your stay. It is well worth heading out on a night drive after dinner to witness the nocturnal animals of the bush come to life.

Morning walks organised by the lodge enable guests to experience the surrounding bush up close. Walking in Hwange is an incredible experience, accompanied by your professional guide, it is highly likely you will benefit from some fantastic sightings of big game, whilst learning more of the secrets of this diverse and rich environment.

Spend a night in the 'Dove's House', a tree house overlooking the open tree-lined vlei and pan where giraffe and elephants commonly come to drink. Sundowners on the deck, a private bush dinner and a night in one of Africa's best wildlife areas makes for particularly memorable night out.

A unique feature of The Hide are the 'hideaways', set next to the waterholes, these disguised hides can offer a memorable up close game viewing experience. Photographic opportunities from these hides are often dramatic.



Sophie Levey (Staff)

The underground hide here is incredible and was a real highlight of our stay in Zimbabwe! Its amazing to be able to get so close to the animals, without disturbing them, and to take some wonderful photographs as they bathe in the watering hole just in front of camp. The Hide has a real home-from-home feel and the atmosphere is both sociable and relaxed. Definitely one of my favourite stops on our tour of the country!


  • Game Drives in Hwange National Park

    Head out with your highly experienced professional safari guide in a converted 4x4 game-viewing vehicle. Game drives are a great way to cover lots of ground when out on safari, enjoy a very interactive experience and introduction to the area.

  • Walking Safari

    Zimbabwe is one of the best places in Africa to experience walking in the bush. The guides are of the highest quality, the game is fantastic and the different environments, throughout the country, are well suited for exploring on foot.

Location & directions

Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

The Hide Safari Camp lies on the South Eastern boundary of the Hwange National Park, in a 5 square kilometre private concession.

How to get there

It is an 11-hour 30-minute international flight to OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, followed by a 90-minute flight to Victoria Falls. Hwange Main Camp is a scenic 2-hour drive from Victoria Falls. On arrival at Main Camp you will be met by your guide and transferred, in a game drive vehicle the 60 minutes to camp.

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