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Built under the shade of the Acacia trees, in a prime position at the eastern edge of Hwange National Park, this lovely lodge is situated on its own private concession offering brilliant wildlife viewing. The Hide is an authentic safari camp, which oozes charm of the old safari’s yet with the upgrades of a brand-new lodge it’s the ideal location for any safari goer.
This lovely mid-size camp offers 10 Deluxe rooms, 2 of which are family tents and 2 are honeymoon tents. The Family tents can be incorporated into The Private Hide for exclusive use and more privacy for larger groups. Then there the old managers house set up as Tom’s Little Hide for those families or groups looking for a beautiful private retreat. Being set against an old permanent waterhole certainly works in the camps favour, it is a pumped hole and the animals have all come to know and rely on this water source. Making for fantastic game viewing year-round! Unique to this area, the sandy soil is too soft for Hyena’s to den meaning the lions are prolific!
Hwange is Zimbabwe’s largest National Park, accounting for an area of 14,651km² being approximately half the size of Belgium. It is located in the northwest corner of the country about two hours south of the mighty Victoria Falls.
Formerly occupied by the San bushmen, the Nhanzwa, and latterly the royal hunting ground for Matabele king, Mzilikazi. The area was finally gazetted for wildlife conservation in 1928 and then called Wankie Game Reserve with the first warden being 22-year-old Ted Davidson. The reserve was created simply because the land was deemed to be unsuitable for agriculture with its poor soils and scarce water supplies.
Hwange National Park is a haven for over 100 mammal and 400 bird species, the park protects populations of all of Zimbabwe’s endangered species, elephants numbering in excess of 20,000 (up from around 4,000 when the park was proclaimed), and what is thought to be one of the largest populations of African wild dog left in the world. Large prides of lion and buffalo are frequently seen here and you have a good chance of spotting leopard in addition to cheetah and spotted hyena. The wild and woolly brown hyena also occurs here and is something of a rarity.