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The History of Dhows – An Ancient Art

The word daw is a Swahili word, the language most widely spoken in East Africa, where all along the coastline you’ll see wooden boats with triangular sails bobbing in the water. These are dhows, a traditional East African boat that has been sailing those very waters for millennia. The word dhow is actually a generic

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Conservation & Wildlife Fund | Anti Poaching Unit | Elephant's Eye, Hwange
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A Walk with the Elephant’s Eye, Hwange Anti-Poaching Unit

Hideaways regularly gives opportunities to local and international interns who are looking for real-world experience. Recently one of our very capable and enthusiastic interns, Kevin from Germany, enjoyed a stay at Elephant’s Eye, Hwange. While there, he wanted to learn more about the work of Conservation & Wildlife Fund (CWF) and our anti-poaching unit (APU).

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A Brief History of Nantwich written by Tony Park

At Nantwich we are very interested in stories – the stories of our guests, the stories of our staff and community, and the stories of the wildlife that populate the area. Here international author, Tony Park, has shared the origin story of how Nantwich came to be. Nantwich takes its name from the farm of

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Zambezi River
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Myths and Legends of the Zambezi River

The mighty Zambezi River flows through six countries and is the lifeblood of Zimbabwe. The banks of Africa’s 4th largest river touch many pristine wildlife areas along its journey. Exploring the soul of Africa on a traditional East African style dhow is a magical experience that Hideaways offers with Zambezi Truth. Guests sail along the

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Katja Quasdorf
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Katja Quasdorf – The Story Behind Our CEO

The internationally renowned Travel Africa Magazine is paying homage to some of the great characters that play a part in providing amazing safari experiences in Africa. One such person is our incredible CEO, Katja Quasdorf, who started her journey as a young intern in 2005. Now, with bucket loads of grace, strength and wit, she’s

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We Have Been Featured In Travel Africa Magazine!

Our CEO Katja Quasdorf was recently interviewed by Travel Africa Magazine about responsible tourism and shared some essential tips for travellers when visiting rural Africa, in line with our Grow Africa Foundation vision. The interview has been transcribed below.  Visiting a local community Visiting rural villages can have a mutually positive impact, yet there are

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Aaron Njovo
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How A Change of Perspective On Human-Wildlife-Conflict Started A Career

With over 25 years’ experience working as both a professional guide, and lodge manager at &Beyond, our amazing new manager at Elephant’s Eye Aaron Njovo is an infinite treasure trove of knowledge, compassion, and service excellence – with an ample supply of fireside tales of adventure in the African bush! Already a firm favourite with

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Plastic-Free
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Tips for a Plastic-Free Safari

Plastic has no place on a safari. Besides a pair of binoculars it is actually possible to completely eliminate all plastic, but in particular, single-use plastics can be left behind away from the natural beauty of the bush. At our lodge Elephant’s Eye, Hwange we have been plastic-free since the very beginning and we like

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Thandanani
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Spotlight On The Thandanani Sewing Project

The Elephant’s Eye, Hwange’s Community Upliftment Experience is an opportunity for our guests to learn more about our local community and gain understanding about the lifestyle, challenges, and hopes of people living in a rural African village. Guests discover that it is worlds apart from what they are used to back home, but somehow there

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Mtoa Ruins
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The Magnificent Mtoa Ruins

Hwange National Park is now a haven for some of Africa’s most diverse wildlife, but hundreds of years ago the animals shared the land with ancient tribes and early civilizations, remains of which can still be seen to this day. Elephant’s Eye, Hwange’s new Mtoa gate is located near a set of ancient ruins that are a

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