The Hide Safari Lodge (Hwange)

The Hide Safari Lodge aerial view

The Hide Safari Lodge is on the eastern boundary of the famous Hwange National Park. It is consistently voted as one of the “Best Tented Safari Camps in Zimbabwe”. You know your safari is going to be exceptional at this luxury camp.

Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe‘s largest park; both in size – just over 14 600 square kilometers; and in the variety of animals found here; with over 100 mammal and 400 bird species. In particular; Hwange is known for its huge herds of elephants; and also one of the largest populations of African wild dogs in the world. Large prides of lions and herds of buffalo are frequently seen here. You have a good chance of spotting leopards; in addition to cheetah and spotted hyenas. The wild and woolly brown hyena also occurs here and is something of a rarity. The park is between Bulawayo and Victoria Falls. About a 2-hour drive from Victoria Falls. It has a good road infrastructure.

A significant feature of Hwange is the absence of permanent surface water. Animals rely heavily on a series of waterholes; many of which dry up completely during drought years. The Friends of Hwange now maintain a number of these waterholes; throughout the year; thereby ensuring the livelihoods of thousands of animals, and excellent game viewing as wildlife congregates at these points.

There is never a dull moment at The Hide Safari Lodge; whether on a drive to one of Hwange’s game-rich water pans, on foot within the private concession; or sleeping out under the stars in the ‘treehouse’ sleep-out in Dove’s Nest. In fact; the waterhole just meters from The Hide attracts such a variety of life; that you may not need to roam far from your verandah to be a part of the action.

The Hide, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

The Hide Safari Lodge Accommodation

The Hide offers a variety of accommodations to suit all types of guests visiting Hwange, seamlessly blending nature and luxury. There is accommodation to suit everyone, from families or small groups to honeymooners; and even a private family home.

The Hide Safari Lodge Accommodation Layout
The Hide Safari Lodge Accommodation Layout

The Hide Accommodation Options and Rates

The Main Lodge Info and Rates

The Main Lodge at The Hide sleeps up to 20 guests in ten comfortable and spacious luxury tents. The tents have a myriad of different configurations with indoor and/or outdoor bathtubs and showers. All the tents are mosquito-proofed and fan-cooled for your comfort in summer. For the cool winter months, there are extra warm blankets and hot water bottles. Each has a private veranda; where guests may watch the comings and goings of a large variety of wildlife at the waterhole.

Main Lodge Deluxe Tents overlooking the waterhole
Main Lodge Deluxe Tents overlooking the waterhole

The Hide Main Lodge Accommodation Rates

The Hide Main Lodge (per person per night in USD)Deluxe Tents
High Season (1st July 2022 to 31st October 2022)695
Green Season (1st November 2022 to 31st March 2023)390

No children under the age of 10 years are allowed.
Children between 10 – 12 yrs pay 50% of the adult rate; when sharing with parents and 75% of the adult rate when in their own room.

Single supplement: In High Season a 25% single supplement applies, Low & Mid Season allows for 1 free single supplement thereafter; a 25% single supplement will apply.

The Hide Exclusive-Use Accommodation Info and Rates

Tom’s Little Hide

On the right of the above image, you will see Tom’s Little Hide; a beautifully authentic ‘safari house’. This is the ultimate family getaway and children of all ages are welcome here. It’s perfect for families gathering and sharing the life-changing experience of being on safari together.

Tom’s Little Hide is delightful, designed to reflect a contemporary African style with surprising little distinctive touches. It is made up of 3 x large adjacent rooms. All have en suite bathrooms. Each room looks out over the waterhole; which is a constant scene of activity; your veranda is as good as any safari vehicle. The bedrooms are each individually decorated and furnished with solid Zimbabwean teak.

Rooms 1 and 2, are both double en suite bedrooms which form the main part of Tom’s Little Hide. These 2 rooms can also accommodate one child in each; on a roomy day bed. The bedrooms are linked by a dining room and outside veranda, complete with a sparkling splash pool.

Room 3 is more of a family tent with an outside bathroom and an interleading children’s room; which can accommodate two children.

Altogether up to 10 guests of 6 x adults and 4 x children can stay at Tom’s Little Hide. Should you wish to add Tent 10 to Tom’s Little Hide can sleep another two adults.

As Tom’s is booked out exclusively with meals and activities enjoyed privately; it comes with its own private guide and vehicle, therefore; the days stretch out before you; yours to do as you wish in your own time. Choose to explore the park all day, right to the farthest reaches. Or enjoy a lazy morning by the private splash pool before the rigors of another afternoon in paradise.

Tom's Little Hide exclusive use accommodation
Tom’s Little Hide exclusive-use accommodation in Hwange National Park

Tom’s Little Hide Accommodation Rates

Toms Little Hide (per person per night in USD)
A minimum of 4 people per booking
First 4 adultsAdults (thereafter)Children
High Season (1st July 2022 to 31st October 2022)761709354
Green Season (1st November 2022 to 31st March 2023)465415208

All ages are welcome. Children under 5 are free of charge (see special below).
Single supplements are not applicable.

The Private Hide

As open as the vast expanse in which it is set; the Private Hide is where time stands still and ‘safari’ happens. Everywhere you look! With 360-degree views and the waterhole nearby; The Private Hide provides a spectacular space away from it all. Here you can quietly watch the animals and birds, dine exclusively, celebrate a special occasion, relax with cocktails; or sit around the glowing fire pit bonding with family or friends; the possibilities are as endless as the vista.

When using The Private Hide, guests stay in The Hide’s tents 7, 6, and / or 5; depending on the numbers (see camp layout above on the left). Tents 7 and 6 are large deluxe or family tents; which can accommodate two adults and two children in full-size beds. Each room has its own en suite bathroom; with an indoor bath, inside and outdoor shower, and hot water all day. All rooms have fans for comfort during the warmer months and are mosquito-proofed. The Private Hide is booked on an exclusive-use basis so also comes with a private guide and vehicle plus has a private plunge pool.


The Private Hide Accommodation Rates

Private Hide (per person per night in USD)
A minimum of 2 people per booking
First 2 adultsAdults (thereafter)Children
High Season (1st July 2022 to 31st October 2022)840709354
Green Season (1st November 2022 to 31st March 2023)540415208

All ages are welcome. Children under 5 are free of charge (see special below).
Single supplements are not applicable.

The Dove’s Nest – Incredible Complimentary Sleep Out

The Doves Nest provides you with a romantic African fairytale setting; where you can sleep out in the vast openness of the wild; while immersing yourself in the sights and sounds of the bush that surrounds you. There is something quite special about the wide expanse of the African sky; with just the stars, moon, and occasional call from the wild, to keep you company; you are in for a treat for your sleep out at The Hide. This is ideal for honeymooners who want privacy and seclusion; away from any other guests.

The Dove's Nest Treehouse
The Dove’s Nest Treehouse – romantic sleep out’s

The Hide’s secret getaway, The Dove’s Nest, is located just 10 minutes away from the main lodge; provides the perfect elevated space from which to survey your very own private kingdom. Overlooking the open tree-lined vlei and pan; where giraffes and elephants come down to drink; this platform offers the perfect vantage point to view the wildlife from.

After enjoying dinner at The Hide, a guide will take you on a night drive to The Dove’s Nest; where you will be given a safety briefing, and supplied with a radio; for your peace of mind; thereafter; you are free to enjoy your beautiful private retreat for the night.

The Dove’s Nest accommodates two people in a spacious and comfortable bedroom; that is reached by a wooden stairway and has a closeable door; all protected by large canvas gauze windows. Your guide will arrive in the early morning and drive you back to camp for breakfast; where you can share stories about your adventurous night in the bush.

Activities at The Hide

A typical day at The Hide Safari Camp

Early morning

Your day begins with the delivery of your choice of tea, coffee, or fruit juice to your door. Once you are ready; you can join the rest of the guests from 5.30 am in the dining room; for an early morning continental breakfast; before setting out on your chosen activity. Activity options are game drives and game walks offered together or separately; either on the private concession or in the National Park. Refreshments are always served at each activity.

Game walks with Professional Guides on the Concession or in the Park are an excellent opportunity to learn about the bush and its flora and fauna in general. A large variety of animals can be encountered on these walks. The Professional Guides are trained to an extremely high standard and regardless of the amount of game seen; these walks are made into a memorable and informative occasion. Walks here are always exciting!

Walking Safaris at The Hide
Walking Safaris at The Hide in Hwange

Late Morning to Early Afternoon

Once you return from your morning activity, a delightful luncheon will be served. After lunch, enjoy a well-deserved afternoon siesta in the comfort of your tent; or simply spend some time relaxing in the lounge, or upstairs on the viewing deck; which overlooks the waterhole observing wildlife coming down to drink at the waterhole.

For the more active and enthusiastic; the comfortable underground game viewing hides are a great way to pass the time. These are situated at the edge of the camp’s waterhole; ensuring that this is a photographer’s paradise. The newest underground hide extends from camp to the edge of the waterhole; accessed through an underground tunnel. It seats up to 8 guests and is safe to use at any time of the day or night; making it extremely popular; as the wildlife can be viewed at a very close range.

Lion approaching the hide
Lion approaching the hide – excellent for photographers to get up-close shots

Late Afternoon

Guests re-group again at about 3.30 pm for afternoon tea. Thereafter; you can enjoy the afternoon game drive or safari walks can also be arranged; else just relax on your veranda and watch the wildlife come down to the waterhole for their evening drink. Most afternoon activities will end with sundowners on the concession. These activities all end at approximately 7 pm thereafter; it’s time for hot showers before evening drinks and snacks around a campfire in winter or; in the open under a canopy of stars in summer. At this time wildlife can frequently be seen at the waterhole, which is illuminated by powerful arc lights.

Wild Dogs at The Hide Safari Lodge
Wild Dogs at The Hide Safari Lodge

Dinner is served at about 8 pm. After dinner, guests have the opportunity of going on a night drive lasting 30 minutes to an hour; where spotlights are used to show up the nocturnal animals such as bat-eared fox; as well as lion, leopard, and hyena. This can be a most interesting and exciting drive; on occasions, up to 15 species have been spotted.

Although the luxuries of your tent may keep you there; if you are up for an exhilarating and unforgettable experience we recommend spending the night in The Dove’s Nest; where you can truly experience real Africa under the stars in a safe treehouse; just the two of you.

By 10 pm, after a very full day; most people are more than ready for a restful night’s sleep.

Getting to The Hide Safari Lodge

By Road

Most guests fly into Victoria Falls Airport and then it is a two-hour road transfer to Hwange Main Camp. From there The Hide is a little over an hour’s drive from Hwange Main Camp through the National Park. If you opt for the transfer; it is in a Hide open safari vehicle and offers game viewing opportunities.

By Air

A 35-minute light aircraft flight between Victoria Falls Airport and Umsthibi Airfield or Hwange National Park. The Hide is just 40 minutes from Umtshibi Airfield; or a 1½ hour drive from Hwange Main Airport through the National Park. This transfer is in a Hide open safari vehicle and offers game viewing opportunities.


Guests can also opt to self-drive into Camp in their own 4WD vehicles. Directions are available on request.

Co-ordinates: 18°52’ 21.62” S | 27°09’ 34.74” E

Rates Include / Exclude

Rates Include:

Accommodation, all meals, snacks, all beverages including local drinks and house wine; plus teas & coffees, laundry, Wi-Fi, up to 4 activities a day, 14.5 % VAT, and 2% Government Tourism Levy are also included.

Rates Exclude:

National parks fees, Conservation fees, and transfers to camp. Most transfers from Victoria Falls will take guests to Hwange Main Camp, Umtshibi Airstrip, or Hwange Main Airport; however, if you stay 3 nights or more; we will give these to you complimentary.

The Hide Safari Lodge Accommodation Special Offers

Kids under 10 stay for free!

For all families staying at Toms Little Hide & The Private Hide; children under the age of 10 will stay for free.
Valid until the 31st December 2022.
Please do keep in mind; that Tom’s is booked with a minimum of 4 adults; while The Private Hide is booked with a minimum of 2 adults. The kid’s special will only apply after these requirements.

The Hide Safari Lodge Green Season USD 350 Special

Only pay $350 per person per night at The Hide Safari Lodge Main Camp in Hwange’s Green Season!

Valid until 31st March 2022 and 1st November 2022 until 31st March 2023
The rate is on an all-inclusive basis and includes / excludes the same as the above nightly rates.
There is no minimum number of nights stay required
This special applies to new bookings only and is valid for Internationals
1 x free single supplement per booking; thereafter a 25% surcharge applies
Children 10 to 12 yrs old sharing with parents pay 50% of the adult sharing rate
No children under 10 years unless in a group taking exclusive use of the whole camp
This special is not combinable with other specials at The Hide.

Stay 6 Pay 5 combo with Changa Safari Lodge

Spend 6 nights on safari with 3 nights at both of these beautiful camps (Changa Safari Camp at Lake Kariba & The Hide in Hwange National Park) and you will receive one for free. More information on this Hwange and Kariba package.
Valid until 31st March 2023.

The Hide Safari Lodge (Hwange)
The Hide Safari Lodge
90 Coronation Drive
Hwange Zimbabwe

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