The Hide

Reviews of The Hide

Excellent(94%) From 22 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 22 of our travellers who have visited The Hide, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr M and Ms T from London
Arrived on: 25-May-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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The Hide review

Setting. Brilliant. Beautiful water hole. Thatched tents hidden in a dense woodland. Underground hide by the water hole was great.

Tents - very nicely furnished with very delightful outside shower

Staff very efficient and welcoming in most cases

Food was really good with some great inventive combinations

Our guide was very good but not convinced the ability was consistent.

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Mr & Mrs J from Stourbridge
Arrived on: 20-Jan-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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The Hide review

We found the camp to be exceptional in every respect, food service general atmosphere guiding were a credit to all the staff. Our stay was most enjoyable and we would recommend highly to every one.

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Mr I & Mrs W - Dorset
Arrived on: 23-Nov-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Just right at the end of our trip

The Hide was the last of three lodges we stayed at in Hwange and it was a good one to end with.

It is very comfortable, the food is excellent and the location overlooking the waterhole very good. The staff are very welcoming and Leanne in particular went out of her way to ensure that our stay was a great experience. A special mention to Jo who bravely dealt with the scorpion that crawled into Annes trouser pocket!!! I would also commend the Lodge for arranging for the Leopard to visit the waterhole on our first evening there!

The pace is a little slower than the other two lodges which suited us as by this time on the trip we were beginning to feel the early mornings and long days. The guiding is of a good standard, however this is a less intense experience than other Lodges we visited and it would be disappointing if this was the only Lodge experienced in this amazing National Park.

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B & G from California
Arrived on: 26-Aug-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Deserves its high reputation

We can see why The Hide has such a wonderful reputation. Great waterhole enhanced by the underground hide that allows you to get an up close and personal view of the animals. Friendly, relaxed, and personable staff.

One night the security guard knocked on our door to tell us to come out and get a glimpse of three honey badgers that were drinking from a water bowl next-door. We thought that was extremely thoughtful of him and seeing those honey badgers was a highlight.

We liked our guide, Fortune, who, among other things, got us the best cheetah sighting we have had in five trips to Africa.

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Mr N & Ms S from Livingstone, Zambia
Arrived on: 5-Aug-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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High marks for The Hide

This was our 17th trip with Expert Africa (dating back to 2006); but it was somewhat different to most of our previous ones in that we had two family members with us making their first trip to Africa. We picked Hwange because of its proximity to our home in Livingstone and our wish for our guests to see the Victoria Falls on both sides. With EA's help we opted for The Hide, where we hadn't stayed previously, and we were delighted with the choice.

The Hide is an extremely well managed camp, one of the best in our experience. Meals are high quality with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables: we especially liked the fact that one evening the main course was traditional Zambian fare. The bar is well-stocked. The rooms are comfortable and the communal areas a delight, looking out onto a waterhole which attracts a wide range of animals. The highlight is the hide itself which puts one (underground) just feet away from elephants coming to drink.

There is a three activities per day rhythm to the camp (unusual in our experience), with a morning post-breakfast drive, an afternoon drive or walk and a post-dinner night drive on The Hide's concession. We found this balance to be very appealing.

Our guide, Ngozi, was excellent, personable and with a nice (again unusual) touch of stopping the vehicle and getting out of his seat to turn to his passengers when he had something important/lengthy to say about what we were seeing. He also was able to balance nicely the different interests among his passengers.

We were lucky enough to have good lion sightings on our first two days (including Jericho, former comrade-in-arms of the more well-known Cecil); super elephant and buffalo; serval, black-backed jackal, lesser genet and a whole host of herbivores. Best of all, perhaps, an aardvark. We also logged 84 bird species even though we diluted our usual birding focus for this trip: these included Secretary Bird, Kori Bustard, Ground-Hornbill, Ostrich with chicks, Pearl-spotted Owlet and a range of smaller raptors.

We can thoroughly recommend the Hide to first-time and experienced safari-goers alike.

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Mr & Mrs K - Maidstone
Arrived on: 1-Nov-2015 Stayed for: 4 nights
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The Hide review

Our third visit in the last seven years.

A very well run operation with good flexibility in offering choice to guests. They have two hides for close encounters with the wildlife. A big feature is a large pan in front of the main facilities which brings the wildlife almost into your room.

Having experienced many lodges and camps over many trips to Africa this pan with its size and location is probably the best front door waterhole/pan view we have come across. We visited at a good time of year when the wildlife was having to use the watering facilities as there had not been rain for several months and so there were only a few locations available for drinking. There will be times of the year when the availability of more natural water holes appear after rainfall and the game will stretch out over a wider area.

Rooms are typical of many camps.

Food is varied and of a good standard. (See also our previous comments on Kaingo Camp) .

Whilst The Hide has some "concessionary territory" where it can go off road much of the daily trips on the game drives is in the National Park area and there are restrictions on how much it is possible to stray away from the main tracks.

Nevertheless game viewing opportunities were good at this time of year.

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Mr K - New York
Arrived on: 7-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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The Hide review

Very nice camp. The coffee delivered with the morning wake-up call was a great touch. Rooms excellent. A lot of elephant activity at waterhole each night. Definite advantages of a family-run camp.

The camp is adjacent to the Vic. Falls - Bulawayo railway line. Heard trains early each morning.

Disappointing lack of predators at time of visit.

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Mr M.& Ms S from Derby
Arrived on: 8-Jun-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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The Hide review

Nicely located within easy reach of various heavily frequented waterholes.

There is a train track along the boundary of the Hide's concession so you don't feel quite as isolated and away from civilisation as you might do in other camps.

Our guide Nicholas was great - very knowledgeable and fun to spend time with. The night drives were a lot of fun too and gave us a chance to see some of the nocturnal creatures.
Staff were friendly, food was very good.

Tents are comfortable, with both indoor and outdoor showers.

It's lovely to watch animals come to drink at the waterhole right outside your accommodation. Being able to watch the elephants from the underground hide was an amazing experience - drinking water only a few metres away from you.

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Mr E & Mrs H - Botswana
Arrived on: 4-Mar-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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The Hide review

We arrived at The Hide in time for tea. It is a splendid safari lodge. The facilities are excellent and likewise the food. A particularly nice touch was the fact that the managers, Ian and his wife Leanne, as well as the guides, took their meals with the guests.

As with Changa, we had a first class guide, Daffie. Although it was the wet season (in fact not very wet this year) there were plenty of animals, and again beautiful birds, in evidence. Many elephants came to The Hide's water hole on two of our three evenings (the third one being a full moon night, and not many animals were seen altogether). Other memorable encounters which we had were one and a half hours spent with two male lions one afternoon, observing a cape buffalo from close up, and successfully tracking down a cheetah and her juvenile offspring.

Wonderful! Also, The Hide's underground observation room, about 50 yards away from the main building made for a unique, albeit very safe, close encounter with a male elephant bull - an experience we shall never forget.

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Mr & Mrs C - County Durham
Arrived on: 7-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Painted Dogs at the hidd

An excellent lodge in a superb location, this is one of the best places we have stayed, i only have 1 criticism; sometimes it can seem a tad too formal, but do not lat that put you off.

In 1 memorable morning we saw a pack of 17 wild dogs, 250 buffallo, and 100 Elephants; all from the Hide it'self.

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