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The Hide
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South Florida, Florida
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“Superb place to stay!”
Reviewed 29 April 2014

I can't say enough about The Hide! My husband and I loved it there. It's just the right blend of rustic charm and luxury. The food served is amazing! We thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie encouraged between guests and the staff during the meals. During the time we spent there we met and shared game drives with some very nice people from all over the world. On our final night, the staff put all the tables together in a big square so everyone could eat together. The staff was fantastic. We've been on safari in Botswana and South Africa as well, but The Hide has been our favorite. The game drives were great as well and the guides were so good to provide details, information.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

Spent 3 nights/4 days at the hide, amazing experience, accommodation is top class, meals are plentiful and delicious, staff are extremely friendly and helpful. Our safari guide Daffy was just the best, very knowledgeable and friendly and it was a pleasure to have met and spent time with him. Saw many animals and some beautiful scenery. I would recommend this to anyone and hope to return one day

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

We stayed in the hide during our honeymoon for two nights, and we absolutely loved it!

We travelled from Victoria falls to Hwange park and we're met by one of the very friendly guides from the hide at the main camp, David. He brought us on a game drive through the park on the way to the hide, where there were no shortage of animals to see. He provided us with ponchos which were lovely and warm and kept us dry when there was some torrential rain! We stopped at a waterhole and ate a beautiful prepared lunch within metres of a crocodile and not too far from a herd of zebra!

On arriving at the hide, we couldn't believe how beautiful it was. Met by Leanne, she took us through the drives we would be doing, whilst overlooking the beautiful waterhole which all accommodation and the main reception area look over.

The reception and common areas were beautiful with views you could not imagine. There was an open bar where you could get minerals/alcohol. The waterhole is just like in the pictures on their website, literally a stones throw away, and a great selection of animals and birds appeared at it throughout our stay.

The food was beautiful, with no shortage of it. Tea and coffee was brought to the room in the morning, before some light breakfast in the common area. After game drive, there was brunch, and later in the evening dinner. The owners and guides ate with the group. If you want you can eat separately but we chose as did all other guests to eat with the group.

The tent we had, number 3, was beautiful ad for us, unique. The bed was comfy and overlooked the waterhole, we watched waterbuck right on our porch as we slept. I call it a tent but it was warm, dry, very spacious, immaculately clean with all the essentials. When we mentioned to Leanne we were on our honeymoon, she had a bath and champagne ready for is on return from our game drive on the first day.


The guides were brilliant, after our initial drive to the hide, we had daffy, who was so knowledgable and interest in animals was obvious. He could spot animals a mile off, and told us lots of amazing facts. He seemed to always go the extra mike to ensure we saw as much as possible.

The weather was quite rainy when we were there, which affected us in that we didn't see many cats, and that not as many animals came to the waterhole. But we still saw alit and had a great experience.

I would highly recommend the hide, and would really really love to return there some day! Anyone considering the hide, I would definitely just go fir it! Very relaxed place!

Room Tip: All rooms were great, overlooking waterhole, don't think could get a bad room, guides escort you...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

What a gem hidden away in Hwange NP. The staff were extremely professional and looked after us brilliantly. The rooms far exceeded what I had expected and I loved the outside shower. The patio area outside our room also offered the opportunity to spot some waterbuck up close at night.

Our drivers were excellent and could point out animals or birds that we could not have seen only for their keen eyes. The food was excellent and I cannot recommend the Hide enough to anyone thinking of going on a safari.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 March 2014

We spent 3 nights at The Hide in early March which is towards the end of the wet season. This means that waterholes are full and animals don't have to move around in search of water. We still managed to see a wide variety of animals thanks to the tireless efforts of our passionate, enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide David. David had the uncanny ability to talk at length about something as small as a dung beetle, and make you understand its importance in the eco system. The Hide sits on a private concession, so there's no fighting for space once game is spotted and you can easily sit and quietly watch animals/birds in their natural environment.
The 'tents' are spacious, comfortable and fully equipped with everything. Unfortunately we didn't get to use the outside bath or shower - we just never seemed to find the time!
Light breakfast before a morning game drive, brunch, rest or chat, afternoon tea, afternoon game drive, dinner then a night drive. The food was superb - how they managed to create restaurant quality food in the middle of nowhere is amazing.
Everyone at The Hide was warm and welcoming, ready for a chat or to assist in any way. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will seriously consider returning during the dry season to use the hide that sits a few metres from the waterhole and get the opportunity to get very close and personal with the game coming for water.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Buxton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 February 2014

This was my first trip to Zimbabwe and my first time in Africa in the rainy season. How different! Lush vegetation meant the game was harder to spot, but there was much else to see and to learn about. I loved the game walks where we unravelled conflict between lions and buffalo from the previous evening by interpreting the tracks, and discovered ancient bones bleached by the sun. Equally I loved hearing about how the local people use plants to heal, and would love to come back and be a granddaughter for a day!
And the last afternoon drive which became a night drive was something else! I will be back one day.
Thank you all for looking after me so well and for giving me a very small glimpse of your beautiful country.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 7 February 2014

The food and it's 5 star presentation was the best we had of any Safari Camp or Hotel in Africa. We were in Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Uganda. There are main meals, tea time with delicious treats and always lots of food on offer - no skimping here!

The two main managers were away, so Lindsay was the one greeting us when we arrived and left on game drives. She was like a mom, waiting on the front steps with a smiling face, asking us how our day had been!

The spacious tents have a thatch roof over them, which is less noisy than tent camps that only have multiple layers of canvas.

We saw lots of animals and the drivers were very knowledgeable about the names of plants, birds, and animals. The guides stopped the vehicle as soon as we saw something of interest so we could get an initial photo and then slowly went closer for more pictures. Sometimes the game moved on but often it stayed. I have been to places where the driver roars right up close and the animal invariable leaves and no good photo is obtained.

Having the large waterhole right across from the main dining/sitting area always gives you something to look at, as the animals slowly wander through for a drink day and night.

I'm not much of a drinker, but the Bar is open all the time so you can help yourself.

Room Tip: Rooms are in a row facing the long watering hole. Staff will walk you to your room with lights at ni...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Hide
Address: | Hwange National Park, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Region: Zimbabwe > Matabeleland North Province > Hwange National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 21 Speciality Lodging in Hwange National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Hide 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Well known and much loved, The Hide Safari Camp is situated within Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe's largest game reserve, renowned for its abundant and diverse wildlife. Built in 1992, The Hide has justly earned its reputation as a great wildlife experience wrapped in warm and welcoming hospitality. Accommodating up to 20 guests in comfortable, spacious, en-suite luxury tents under thatch, The Hide prides itself on having a family of experienced, knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides. Activities on offer include guided walks with a professional guide, day and night game drives, ‘hide’ sits, sleepovers at the romantic Dove’s Nest and much more! ... more   less 
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