After your morning activity, your guide will collect you for the drive to The Hide Safari Camp. Located in a private concession within Hwange National Park, the area has a great diversity of habitats and a year-round abundance of game. Driving along, you spy elephants and giraffe, as well as a multitude of impala and zebra grazing in the open. With a wonderful sense of anticipation, allow a sense of freedom to take hold, while the breeze wafts the heady aroma of the wilds around you: sage, earth and dry grass.
After a while, you arrive to the embrace of The Hide Safari Camp, which is nestled in a picturesque grove of shady trees overlooking a waterhole where animals often come to drink. You then have time to settle into the delightful comfort of your suite, take a dip in the pool or simply relax until late afternoon’s high tea, where you sample a treat from the mouth-watering selection of delicacies while discussing the day’s adventure with your guide.
Embark on your first safari drive in the golden light of the afternoon, where a world of possibility is waiting for you. The landscape changes as you venture through it; open grassy plains give way to acacia woodlands, which in turn come to forests of teak trees. These habitats support a plethora of game, and you keep a close eye out for lurking predators. Lion, leopard and hyena all have a strong presence here but the most thrilling encounter would be to find a pack of African wild dogs. These critically endangered animals are the most successful hunters of the wild, as well as the most social. Watching a pack engage in a greeting ritual among themselves before setting off on a high-speed chase hunting down their prey must rate as one of the most heart-stoppingly exciting experiences to be had. The speed and efficiency with which they operate as a hunting unit is unique among predators, while their nurturing social behaviour is wonderful to watch.
Allow the gentle rhythm of Hwange to take you where it will: where you rise with the sun and seek out the extraordinary in the wilds before retiring to the shade during the heat of the day, much like the animals you have been observing. Venture out as the afternoons cool down and once again feel that compelling urge to connect to nature.
Join a guided safari walk to really feel the earth of Africa underfoot, where you find every one of your senses engaged, and all of them with a clarity that comes from being on foot in this untrammelled wilderness. With your guide’s expert interpretation, you learn of the smaller details you have missed from a vehicle, tiny pieces in the vast jigsaw puzzle of life.