Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Hide Safari Lodge (Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe)

There is a very good reason that The Hide has consistently (for 13 years) been voted The Best Tented Safari Camp in Zimbabwe. It is a rare gem in one of the world’s greatest game reserves, Hwange National Park, which at 14,000 sq. Km. is half the size of Belgium but with very few people.  Indeed, the sheer exclusivity and non commercialisation of this eco wonderland is truly amazing.

The Hide is situated in majestic surroundings and borders ancient elephant paths and a vast grassland corridor. It features the essence of stylish life under canvas of a bygone era in eight standard and two deluxe spacious en-suite tents that all feature a private veranda overlooking the prolific waterhole. Its hub is a thatched A Frame that houses a dining area and sun lounge at ground level and a comfortable lounge and viewing deck upstairs.

To add to the incredible exclusivity it is one of the few camps located within this vast Big 5 park that is a haven for wildlife, including more than 100 species of mammals - some of Africa’s largest herds of elephants and buffalo, many predators, zebra and large concentration of giraffe, all drawn to The Hide’s constant waterhole. A feature is the two concealed hides on either side of the waterhole.

A visit to The Hide is a rare treat for photographic enthusiasts and astonishing game drives are also taken at night to heighten the drama of the African bush. It’s only 180km from Victoria Falls and may be reached by good quality road or by air.

As Zimbabwe quickly regains its stride through measurably enhanced political stability and a product and country that has always been acclaimed as world class The Hide will benefit as one of those very special places that make dream come true.

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