The Hide Hwange National Park

The Hide Hwange National Park

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#1 of 18 campgrounds in Hwange National Park
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4.8
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4.9
Value
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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!
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Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Free breakfast
Entertainment staff
Board games / puzzles
Free shuttle or taxi services
Gift shop
Secured parking
Internet
Pool with view
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Special diet menus
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Sun terrace
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Private balcony
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Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
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Non-smoking rooms
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74 Steppes Road, Hwange National Park Zimbabwe
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Nestled close to a bustling waterhole in Hwange National Park, The Hide offers a luxurious retreat praised for its impeccable cleanliness and comfortably opulent tented rooms. Guests often highlight the hotel's advantageous location for unparalleled wildlife viewing. The hotel's amenities, including the dining experience and unique features like outdoor showers, are consistently lauded, while the inviting atmosphere is noted for its luxurious and thoughtful details. The service at The Hide is frequently celebrated for its warmth and attentiveness, making it a standout choice for an unforgettable stay.
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lindadownunder wrote a review Jan 2020
Perth, Australia2,945 contributions3,233 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
What can I say and how do I describe my husband and my amazing experience staying at the Hide.
We drove from Victoria Falls to Hwange Main Camp took 2 and a half hours and we were then picked up by the fabulous Theo who was to be are guide for our stay this drive was 1 and a half hours.
Our first game drive that afternoon was amazing we saw 4 cheetahs after a fight as well as elephants and zebras finishing up with sundowners by a waterhole.
Each morning on our early game drive we saw lions another highlight.
Theo was a magnificent guide full of enthusiasm for the magnificent wildlife and scenery of the area and so informative he is an asset to the Hide Team.
The Hide camp is beautiful we stayed in tent No 4 which had a lovely view of the waterhole, it was airy and spacious very rustic.
There was a bath situated in the window also with views of the waterhole and a gorgeous outdoor rain shower.
The bed and pillows were very comfortable.
There was a seating area outside.
The central camp area was a great place to get together with other guests, enjoy a meal and view the waterhole. Also use wifi.
The Hide where you could get up close and personal with the animals drinking from the trough a great photo opportunity.
All our meals were of a very high standard and were either taken outside under the stars or in the dining room.
There was a continental breakfast and a full course lunch plus afternoon tea. You could help yourself to any drinks from the bar or fridge.q
The staff were all extremely friendly and helpful.
Overall this was an amazing African experience that will live in our hearts forever. Thank you.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from MarketingTHC, Public Relations Manager at The Hide Hwange National Park
Responded Jan 15, 2020
Dear Linda, On behalf of Teo and all our staff, thank you for the lovely detailed review. How luck for you to see 4 cheetah on your first day! Thanks for sharing your experience with us and everyone else. Please come back and visit us again one day! Warm regards, The Hide Team
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familybrown176 wrote a review Apr 2022
Cape Town Central, South Africa393 contributions84 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Over 22 years of Safari Lodge visits across Africa and volunteer Rhino monitors on South Africa we stayed 3 nights at The hide with family and could not have been looked after better .
Excellent guide in Innocent who really was so interesting and knowledgeable. My daughter in law as a Pescatarian was well catered for , my son who has a huge appetite also happy .
Rooms delightful- especially bathing under the sun or stars .
Doves nest which offer a night of seclusion under the star was a high point . Lions, Hyena , Elephants around all night .
Staff were friendly, attentive efficient- nothing was too much trouble .
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Avoid room 1 by the pool .
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Response from Tori Vickery, Marketing at The Hide Hwange National Park
Responded Aug 17, 2022
Hi the Brown Family Thank you for your wonderful review. We are over the moon that you had such a great experience at our camp, especially after all your visits across Africa over the last 22 years! We're so glad you experienced Dove's Nest too - it is such an incredible experience and definitely not one to be missed! We will be sure to pass your compliments onto Innocent, our chefs, and the rest of our staff in camp. Thank you once again and we hope to host you again in the near future! Best wishes, The Hide Team
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Gus Z wrote a review Oct 2021
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Hard to put into words our amazing experience at the hide. Kate and her awesome team, gave us 3 days we will never forget. From arrival to departure the staff went above and beyond what we expected.
Our guide Liam, an extremely knowledgeable young guy puts his heart and soul into showing guests why Hwange and The Hide are such special places.
The tents are very clean and extremely comfortable, the meals are very fresh and well balanced and atmosphere of the camp is very relaxing and special.
I hope to be back next year, and without a doubt, I will be booking a tent at The Hide.
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Date of stay: October 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Natalie M, Marketing at The Hide Hwange National Park
Responded Oct 24, 2021
We are thrilled to read this review. Thank you for the wonderful comments, we will definitely pass these on to Kate, Liam and the team. Hwange is such a special park and we are glad you chose the Hide to make these wonderful memories. We so look forward to hosting you again. All the best. The Hide Team.
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suttonstaithe wrote a review Feb 2020
Norwich, United Kingdom9 contributions
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a wonderful 3 nights at The Hide in tent 5. We experienced a storm on the first night and could not sleep as the view of grazing kudu (we think) grew closer with each lightning flash.
Then twice each day we would roam around in the jeep with a really knowledgable guide (many thanks Nkosi) sighting a huge variety of creatures from lions and snakes to hyenas and ostriches, all over different types of terrain. It was pure joy.
The Hide is situated by a water hole so ideal, drink in hand, for watching more animals at dusk, and swapping stories with fellow travellers.
Staff are all extremely helpful and a pleasure to be around. Food is very good and you can help yourself to range of pre dinner drinks.
I could go on but the whole experience was just superb.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from hidechangamarketing, Public Relations Manager at The Hide Hwange National Park
Responded Feb 13, 2020
Dear @Suttonstaithe, We are so glad you had a wonderful 3 nights in Tent 5 and got to experience a true African storm. Wow, you definitely had some incredible sightings on the Game Drives and overlooking our water hole! On behalf of Nkosi and all our staff, thank you for the lovely review. We are so happy you had such a great time with us! Thanks for sharing your experience with us and everyone else. Please come back and visit us again one day! Warm regards, The Hide Team
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Sharon M wrote a review Oct 2021
Annapolis, Maryland20 contributions28 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Can’t say enough about our visit to The Hide. We travelled from the US, four of us. The accommodations were over the top. Certainly didn’t rough it! Our rooms had a view of the pan, watched elephants and baboons and wildebeest and so much more….oh my! There was a place to watch the elephants drink from the trough from eye level perspective! Incredible.
The rooms were very comfortable, great beds and a full tub and separate rain shower plus a private outdoor shower….which we used daily. The food was great, David treated us well. And the bar was open! Kate, the manager, was very involved daily in our comfort and experience.
Our guide was so knowledgeable! His expertise in finding the mammals and exotic birds was exceptional. Sean has the eye of a photographer, knowing the importance of lighting and how to optimize it for the best photo (2 in our group were very interested in photography). We are a group who have known each other a long time and like to have fun. Sean caught on and quickly was part of our group. We would love to go back to The Hide and certainly will ask for Sean again. And, we travelled during Covid. We felt very comfortable with all precautions that were taken. Go.
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Date of stay: September 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Natalie M, Marketing at The Hide Hwange National Park
Responded Oct 28, 2021
Dear Sharon, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review. We are thrilled that we have our internationals visiting again. How lovely is it to watch all the animals at the water pan from your tents and of course nothing beats an outdoor shower under the stars! We will pass on your compliments to David and Sean. They are special parts of the Hide team. Please do visit us again and thank you for all the positive remarks and choosing the Hide. All the best. The Hide Team.
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Ed Smith wrote a review Jul 2022
Huntington Beach, California33 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My 2 sons and I stayed four days at The Hide and what an incredible time we had. Starting with everyone working at the camp, they make the experience the best you could possibly want and go above and beyond to ensure you are well taken care of and safe

The rooms are very comfortable and you don't even notice you are in a tent. The food is incredible and you will not go hungry, even my boys, ages 21 & 27 had to tap out a few times we ate so much.

The riding and walking safaris were beyond expectations and sitting in the actual Hide with elephants and other animals just feet from you, yeah amazing!

Sitting on the porch or taking an outdoor shower with elephants, zebra, wildebeest, etc... so close to your room is something to be treasured.

Thank you to everyone at the camp for making a boyhood dream come true with such a world class experience!
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Date of stay: June 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Tori Vickery, Marketing at The Hide Hwange National Park
Responded Aug 17, 2022
Hi Ed Thank you for your lovely review. We are so pleased to hear that you and your sons had such an incredible time. We hope that The Hide will always bring back special memories for you all. We will be sure to pass on your compliments to all our staff in camp. We're so glad to hear that they made your experience even more special, and that we were able to make your childhood dream come true. We hope that you'll visit us again if you ever find yourself back in Africa. Best wishes, The Hide Team
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Sheryal wrote a review Jan 2020
Melbourne, Australia9 contributions3 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This place was fantastic. the view from the rooms was amazing. The staff went above and beyond to make sure that you had everything you needed and great knowledge of the park. The food was great and different every day.
We saw a lot of groups of the animals not just one by itself. Henri the tracker was great fun on the drives as well.
We loved our stay there
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from MarketingTHC, Public Relations Manager at The Hide Hwange National Park
Responded Jan 19, 2020
Dear Sheryal, Thank you for your review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed everything about your stay. We will send your regards to Henry and everyone in camp. Please come back and visit us again one day. Many thanks, The Hide Team
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Natalie S wrote a review Jun 2021
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our stay at the Hide was incredible. We stayed at “Tom’s” which is a short distance away from the main Hide as we have young children. This suited us perfectly as there was no pressure to keep our children quiet with the worry of disturbing other guests.
There is no WiFi at Toms which we were grateful for. WiFi is available at the main Hide which is a very short walk away.
The food and service were impeccable. Small touches like hot water bottles in your bed each night and marshmallows for roasting on the last night just made it extra special.
The weather was cold but not freezing.
Nkosi is a brilliant guide who gauges clients wants / needs and has the patience of saint with children! He really is one of a kind. We were exceptionally lucky with game viewing but this is also down to Nkosi who has eyes like a hawk and just knows the bush! We saw countless Ele’s, giraffe, zebra etc but most notable was following a pride of 15 lion the one day as they casually made their way up the road and also spotting 3 bat-eared foxes and a honey badger with baby - really amazing.
Our last day was very overcast and windy so we had little hope of seeing any game but took the long and bumpy drive out to Mbiza (?) and unbelievably Nkosi spotted 2 male lion in the distance. We managed to get close enough for some great viewing of these two magnificent beasts and thus ended our trip on a real high!
Brigette and the rest of her team were always cheerful and very attentive but at the same time respectful of our space. I really do not have a bad word to say about anything.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Natalie M, Marketing at The Hide Hwange National Park
Responded Jun 28, 2021
Dear Natalie, We are thrilled that you had an incredible stay at Toms little Hide. We strive to provide excellent service thus delighted that you noted this. We definitely want to keep our guests warm in winter and it's a must to marshmallows by the fire in the bush especially for the kiddies :) Nkosi is a wonderfully perceptive guide - we are very lucky to have him! We will pass on your positive feedback to him. Wow, you certainly had some special sightings!! Bat-eared foxes and honeybadgers are not easily seen - Well DONE Nkosi! Thank you for taking the time to write to us, such a morale booster for our team. We do hope you can visit us again soon :) All our best The Hide Team
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Rich wrote a review Apr 2021
N'Djamena, Chad138 contributions143 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We saw all the great reviews of The Hide, but we were visiting in early March, near the end of the rainy season, so we didn't have high hopes for seeing any wildlife at all, with the leafy bushes and tall grass. We were very pleasantly surprised with animal sightings, though - they blew us away. On our five game drives, we saw some 20 lions in four different prides, including 8 cubs. We saw eland, giraffes, jackals, elephants, warthogs, zebras, and a zillion birds. We even saw an elusive African wild cat. It was just an amazing few days of sightings. Our guide Liam was fun, friendly, and well-informed.

The lodge is way out there in the bush, some 45 minutes from the Hwange park main entrance. This is a good thing: we didn't see any other safari vehicles from any other lodges in our entire stay.

Our room was wonderful: a luxurious tent that was open to the bush, but not that open. We heard wildebeests and elephants passing by all night long, but the screeens sealed tightly, so we had no mossies in the room. We had a choice of an outdoor or indoor shower, but always showered outdoors because it was kind of cool to keep an eye on the wildlife trail while showering!

Meals, drinks, and (weak) wifi were at the lodge. The staff were very friendly, the drinks were cold, and the food was very good. Chilling out with other guests at the fire pit was the perfect end to each day.

We loved our stay and can't wait to visit again!
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Response from The Hide Safari Camp, General Manager at The Hide Hwange National Park
Responded May 16, 2021
Dear Rich in Harare, Thank you for the wonderful detailed review. The green season is still an incredible time to visit Hwange while everything is lush and green especially for the birdlife. We are so glad you had amazing sightings! Eland and Wild cat is just incredible. Liam is also a great guide and we are glad he made your safari drives fun and informative. The sound of nature while you are sleeping in your tent is second to none :) We really do hope you can visit us again soon. All our best The Hide Team
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124vincianed wrote a review Aug 2023
Brussels, Belgium11 contributions
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We spent three days at The Hide as a family with three children. It was a unique experience in the Hwange National Park. The warm welcome we received from the camp managers and the entire Hide team was absolutely fantastic: the professionalism of each member of the team, the availability of everyone, the warmth and friendliness of the team was one of the highlights of our stay. As we were travelling as a family, the team reserved a private area f with a swimming pool and terrace just for us. The rooms are very comfortable, and everything had been thought of to make our stay a pleasant one (hot water bottles in our beds at night to keep us warm, plug adapters, jug of water, etc.). The terrace is sublime and complements a covered lounge/dining room. As well as impalas, baboons, etc., we were able to see a lion and an elephant passing right in front of our dek, always surrounded and advised by members of staff to ensure our safety. The chef also spoiled us from morning to night, taking our tastes into account and being very careful with a case of food allergy! And last but not least, Toppers, our guide for the three days, was fantastic. His knowledge of the park and its animals was boundless, as was his patience with the children. We did 3 game drives with him each day, day and night, and each outing was fantastic. Many thanks to him
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Around august plan warm pyjama, gloves and hat, nights and early mornings can be pretty cold-cars...
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Answer from Peter S
Warsaw, Poland58 contributions57 helpful votes
Also free for us
Answer from MarketingTHC
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Hello, Our underground wine cellar is available for all guests to view and enjoy. You can simply ask our staff to take you down to it. It has some premium wines and whiskeys that are sold at an additional cost if you would like to try them. Otherwise we are an all-inclusive camp so all drinks and all food are included during your stay. I hope this has answered your query. Please let us know if you need anything else. Warm regards, The Hide Team
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Hello Dglee, Bank charges will vary depending on your bank account and also the amount being paid. Your bank should be able to tell you the amount that you will be charged to send The Hide money. Please contact accounts@thehide or bhassim@thehide to chat further about this. Many thanks!
cumbria asked a question Jun 2019
Cumbria, United Kingdom4 contributions
What drinks are inclusive of alcohol?please.
Answer from Peter S
London, United Kingdom16 contributions8 helpful votes
Hi, as Hayley has said, all drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic are free, they will serve it if they have it and d9 not recall them not having anything requested while we were there. Petet
Answer from hayleykarenh
Leicester, United Kingdom68 contributions21 helpful votes
hi, no they don't but if you ask the staff (as we did) they are more than happy to provide you with one. Regards, Hayley
Kenneth F wrote a tip May 19
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Highly recommended."
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Debra Stinton O wrote a tip May 18
Colorado Springs, Colorado12 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Suggest you fly in if possible. The road to Hwange was TERRIBLE. "
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Lyn wrote a tip Dec 2023
New Milton, United Kingdom8 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Always remember that you are not always going to have the opportunity to see all the wildlife that is there as it is a huge National Park."
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Tamsyn H wrote a tip Dec 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Take a jumper in summer even if it's hot, the rain can cool things down a little."
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Chris H wrote a tip Nov 2023
18 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Come open-minded for whatever delights nature has to offer."
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What are some of the property amenities at The Hide Hwange National Park?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Hide Hwange National Park?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Hide Hwange National Park?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Hide Hwange National Park?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does The Hide Hwange National Park have airport transportation?
Yes, The Hide Hwange National Park offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
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