The Hide

Reviews of The Hide

Excellent(94%) From 29 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 29 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 & Mrs W from Georgia US
Arrived on: 11-May-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Fabulous Safari at The Hide

Our first African safari could not have been better. We stayed at The Hide for four nights and felt like we had become family during that time. The staff was so welcoming and accommodating.

We dined quite well each day, beginning with delivery of coffee and tea to our tent at 5:15 each morning, then a good breakfast before heading out for our morning game drive, a mid-morning coffee break, lunch back at camp, afternoon tea before the afternoon game drive, stopping for sundowners, then a wonderful evening meal where all the guests could discuss their day. One of us being a vegetarian presented no problems whatsoever!

We loved that we had our same guide for our whole time at The Hide, from picking us up at Main Camp on arrival, all our game drives, and returning us to Main Camp when it was time to say goodbye. Innocent was absolutely wonderful!

The camp facilities were all very nice. Spending time down in the hide is a must. Our tent was comfortable and had everything we needed. Su, the manager, did a fabulous job with everything.

We definitely recommend a stay at The Hide!

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Mr & Mrs K from Gwent
Arrived on: 1-Nov-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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We had a very good stay at The Hide, but none of it was what I would call exceptional.

The rooms were good, the staff excellent, the food was not much better than average, and the guide was good but, again, not exceptional.

Overall a very nice stay, but I would not return.

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Ms M & Mr M from Calgary
Arrived on: 1-Nov-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Comfortable. lots of animals excellen guides

This is a very comfortable & well-run lodge. The staff are helpful & the guides excellent. Dining is generally as a group although private dinners are readily provided. The huts are heavy duty tents with thatched roofs but seems like a regular room as there is concrete floor & interior toilet & shower as well as outdoor shower & bath.

The feature is the actual "hides" - underground viewing areas very close to the waterhole - the main one connected by short tunnel to the lodge. Here you are within a couple of meters of elephants when they come to drink & bathe & also attracts many other animals (zebra, giraffe, baboons, wildebeest etc).

Game drives were frequent, ell run with plenty of animal sightings.

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Mr & Mrs R from Glos
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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The Hide review

A fabulous lodge. Great staff, food and facilities.

We chose it for the hides and were not disappointed- amazingly close to elephants and game at the waterhole. We were extremely fortunate to see wild dogs bring down a kudu in the vlei directly in front of camp during breakfast one day. An amazing experience, and the opportunity to see all the other animals and birds that came to clean up the carcass (vultures, spotted hyena etc).

We also hugely enjoyed the night drives, the only lodge on this trip that offered them.

Many thanks to Nicholas our terrific guide, Nick, Lindsay and Kim.

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Dr & Mrs S from France
Arrived on: 3-Nov-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Wild dogs at The Hide

This was our first visit to The Hide and we were very impressed. It is located on a private concession just outside the Hwange National Park - so one has the benefit of easy access to the park but also the possibility of night drives in the concession. We liked the option of a night drive after dinner. We found the activities very well organised and flexible - and in particular enjoyed the possibility to stay out longer on a drive and not be rushed back to camp too early.

We had an excellent guide (Sean Hind). One morning in the middle of breakfast (my birthday in fact) a pack of dogs appeared on the opposite side of the water hole and Sean said "let's jump in the vehicle and go after them". So we were off and followed them for a while before returning to finish our breakfast. I like that sort of spontaneity and flexibility which is missing in many camps.

The Hide goes on our list of places to return to again.

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Ms D from Ireland
Arrived on: 1-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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The Hide: Excellent Camp

Very professionally run camp. The underground hide, at the end of a 25m tunnel from the breakfast table, gives a great perspective of the wildlife gathering around the waterhole. Excellent guiding by the owner Ian. We had great sightings of wild dogs, lions and much more. Fantastic place to see a very healthy population of elephants. Should have stayed longer to get the opportunity to stay at the tree house. An excuse to go back!

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Mr & Mrs B from Surrey
Arrived on: 9-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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The Hide review

Lovely camp. Very helpful and friendly staff.
Very knowledgeable guide, Daffy (sorry for the spelling !). Greatly helped improve our bird recognition.
We were lucky enough to see lions, cheetahs and sable here, all great sightings.
We had a very relaxing and enjoyable stay here. Everyone made sure we were very well looked after.
The actual hide by the waterhole is a real bonus.
Slight drawback from the train noise at night, but it didn't really bother us.

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Mr M & 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 NL
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 from 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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