10 Fascinating Facts about Wild Dogs

Playing African Wild Dogs

African wild dogs are some of the most misunderstood animals on the continent. It’s because of misinformation about their nature and habits that they have become endangered with only about 5 000 of the species remaining in the wild. Wild dog sightings are incredibly rare. African wild dogs are also known as Painted Dogs. The […]

10 Best Things to Do in Hwange, Zimbabwe

Walking safari Hwange activity

When travelling to Zimbabwe, you should know of the 10 best things to do in Hwange National Park! Located in the Hwange District, Hwange is a town in Zimbabwe that attracts tourists as a result of the nearby Hwange National Park. It’s the largest national park in the country. Home to a vast variety of […]

Things You Didn’t Know About Africa’s Largest Lizard, The Monitor Lizard

Monitor Lizard Africa safari

Monitor Lizards in Africa Did you know that all species of monitor lizards can swim? It is speculated that monitor lizards swam and island-hopped from Asia and Australia over to Africa. In Southern Africa, there are 2 species of these large lizards that some herpetologists say are more closely related to a snake than a […]

Africa’s Most Regal Beast

Africa's most regal beast - lions

There is no sound more distinctive and bone-chilling than a lion roaring in the night, informing all that can hear that they are guests in his kingdom. These majestic and regal creatures bring travellers from all over the world to Africa’s game parks, like Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe and Chobe National Park in Botswana,  […]

Myths and Legends of the Zambezi River

Zambezi River

The mighty Zambezi River flows through six countries and is the lifeblood of Zimbabwe. The banks of Africa’s fourth-largest river touch many pristine wildlife areas along its journey.  The Zambezi River flows over the cascading Victoria Falls. In Zimbabwe as well as in Zambia, locals call the Falls Mosi-oa-Tunya, which means “the smoke that thunders”. […]

In a While Crocodile

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Lake Kariba is home to a healthy population of the Nile crocodile (Crocodylus Niloticus). The name is derived from the Greek word krokodeilos which means “pebble worm”, referring to the appearance of the crocodile. In full, “the pebble worm of the Nile”. An apex African predator and fearsome reptile, its menacing reputation precedes its presence. […]

Ndhlovu Drive; Hwange National Park

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Hwange National Park holds a character as biodiverse as the ecosystem itself. Being the largest national park in Zimbabwe, covering an impressive 14, 650 sq km, there is much scope for variety. Due to its sheer size, its topography and woodland are different in each area, keeping curiosity consistent.  There is a specific section of the […]

Earth Day 2022: Invest in our Planet

Safari lodge Camp Kuzuma Chobe Botswana

For Earth Day 2022, we would like to focus on Camp Kuzuma, Chobe situated within the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA), on the borders of both the Chobe and Hwange National Parks. Reflecting the ethos of conservation and eco-tourism, the camp offers an off-the-grid safari experience with access to national parks with abundant wildlife, […]

A Manager’s Memoir: Elephant’s Eye

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With the recent reignition of travel, our Elephant’s Eye, Hwange property has been a vibrant hub of activity. This equally refers to humans and wildlife, traffic of both moving through the lodge over the last few weeks. Calling on a dedicated and passionate member of our travel tribe, Hideaways welcomed Chantel to host and manage […]

Treasure Hunt in Matobo Hills

Shashani Matobo Hills

“Remember that, wherever your heart is, you will find your treasure.” Paulo Coehlo A corner of our Hideaways heart certainly lies in the landscapes of Matobo Hills. One does not have to search far within its landscapes in order to find treasure. It is displayed openly in the colourful lichen splashed upon granite rock, held […]

Beyond The Lodge: Mogotlho, Khwai River

Hideaways Safari lodges Mogotlho Botswana

Nestled deep in the wild heart of Africa, on the meandering river of Khwai, Mogotlho Lodge is the perfect destination to indulge in both luxury and wildlife. Surrounded by an ancient Cathedral of Camelthorn trees, the area exudes a tranquillity steeped in the wisdom of the wild. A large area dominated by Mopane forest fringing […]

Managing the Magic: Camp Kuzuma

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Life managing a safari camp in Africa is a multi-faceted affair. Especially one based off the beaten track of Botswana, located on the borders of Chobe National Park. This is where one will find Hideaways Camp Kuzuma, and its dedicated managing couple, Kevin and Shirley Trench. Not only is the lodge remote, but also completely […]