Any safari viewing experience be it by vehicle, on foot, by boat Canoe or Makoro or in a Balloon is a wonderful way to view and experience wildlife, but there can be few experiences to match the natural and secretive experience that one has when sitting in a specialised hide, near a waterhole or overlooking one. The close proximity to whatever turns up at the waterhole is extraordinary and for the majority of cases it is quite some feeling knowing that the animals do not know that you are there. Ultimately that is how we want to interact with Africas wildlife. To be there without affecting their normal behaviour. It is simply an extraordinary experience!
Surprisingly there are not that many places that do these specialist hides. Zimbabwe and Zambia have the most number of them and have done this kind of safari for a very long time and are specialists at combining hide safaris with walking or vehicle safaris. Botswana has a few camps that have hides, as do Tanzania and Kenya, but you can count them on one hand. For the ultimate combination of walking vehicle and hide based experiences it is a Zimbabwe safari or a Zambia safari that you should be looking at for your trip.
It goes without saying that a hide safari delivers high quality photographic opportunities, being so close to the species of animal and bird that visit one can get a quite incredible shots. Bean bags, tripods and monopods can all be used in the hide and help to capture crystal clear images of course. A hide safari experience possibly isn't for everyone given the close proximity to Big and dangerous game species such as elephant and Lion especially if it is a log pile hide where you literally only have large tree trunks and branches surrounding you and being a barrier between yourself and whatever is around you. You are safe for sure but your heart may beat somewhat faster and you will feel incredibly small and insignificant.
It is vital that we understand who you are, your previous safari Africa experience or general adventure travel experience whilst planning the trip with you so a phone call or face to face meet should occur at some point so that we can just be sure you'll fully enjoy it and have your expectation managed. Please do get in touch!Enquire Now