Hides – some lodges offer guests probably the most relaxed way to see the local wildlife ; sitting whilst sitting quietly in a hide (by day or night) and letting the wildlife go about its business unaware (probably) that you’re looking on.
Often the hides are located overlooking waterholes or areas where birds naturally congregate, usually raised on wooden decking, where you will be accompanied by a guide for safety or in the case of the hide at Kings Pool in a secure ground hide where you can see animals on their level.
All you will need is patience, the ability to remain quiet and a good pair of binoculars for birding and a good camera for close-ups of the wildlife.
If you want to really make a day or night of it, picnics can be arranged for the day time or a sleep-out organised with a bush breakfast for when you wake up. Abu Camp has a ‘star-bed’ immediately above the elephant enclosure, so you can spend your night with the elephants whilst Kalahari Plains Camp offers it guests a sleep-out option immediately above each room – the stars in the Kalahari have to be seen to be believed!
Top Tips for Hides
- it’s best to pre-arrange your time in the hide with your tour operator before you travel – it’ll save any disappoint on arrival as hides tend to quite small ranging from 2 – 10 guest
- if your going to a bird hide remember to take a good set of binoculars, a camera with lenses, and your Newmans Birding guide, an essential especially when it comes to identifying the LBJ’s
- take water, some comfortable to sit on and a light snack – you may be a few hours, so be patient.
Hides – a lovely way to spend a few hours with just you and the wildlife.