also sometimes known as blinds, are structures which conceal or protect viewers from wild animals, in order to facilitate closer than usual observation.
They range in construction from platforms in trees, to simple piles of logs and even, in some extreme cases, to large steel cargo containers buried underground. They are usually sited alongside a feature which attracts wildlife, such as a waterhole, riverbank or salt-lick.
Hides can provide a more relaxed and a more exhilarating way to view wildlife, they really can provide a wonderful change of pace to a safari. It always surprises us quite how few decent hides there are in Africa, in some countries they are virtually absent. South Luangwa
in Zambia is the area where hides most commonly feature, notably at Kaingo Camp
and Mwamba Bushcamp
, where guests have a choice of Carmine Hide, Elephant Hide, Hippo Hide or the famous Last Waterhole Hide and Tafika Camp
in the same area which has Carmine Hide and Waterhole Hide.
Another area which has long since had a reputation for hides is Hwange
in Zimbabwe, where they can provide the most heart-thumping up-close interaction with wild elephants, notably at Camp Hwange
and Little Makalolo Camp
. Some camps actually use their swimming pool as the barrier between guests and elephants, for example at Somalisa Camp
and Nehimba Lodge
To a lesser extend hides are in evidence in the Etosha
area of Namibia, notably at Ongava Main Lodge