The unique photographic hides will to get you close enough to the wildlife to take a whole host of stunning photos!
The Hippo Hide is located on a deep corner at the confluence of the Luangwa and Mwamba rivers. Here hundreds of hippos congregate throughout the season in both bachelor and breeding pods. The hippo hide is carved into the bank of the river directly above these pods and its inhabitants are hidden by a grass screen. Comfortable seating and cleverly designed camera props make this a photographers dream. Also watch the resident crocodile who has learnt to snatch unsuspecting Oxpeckers from the hippos back. Watch elephants, giraffe and buffalo coming in to drink .
The Elephant Hide is a platform nestled between an Ebony and a Sausage tree directly above a centuries old elephant highway. Knowledge is passed from elders to juvenile elephants in the community and for hundreds of years this beautiful spot in the river has been used for drinking, mud bathing, social greeting and river crossing. When the elephants come to the river at the crossing point, the guides gather everyone and race to the hide where the tree gives us a unique – and safe – vantage point from which to watch their activities.
Carmine Bee-eater Hide is put in place early in September once the Carmines are established at their nesting site. Carmines build their nests in huge colonies into the river bank so the is built hide in the middle of the river in order to get the best viewing angle and distance. Getting to the hide is an adventure in and off itself – walk across the long beach with an armed scout and wade through the river to the anchored boat-hide. The Carmines are very used to the hide’s presence and carry on about their business as though it wasn’t there. This hide provides fantastic photo opportunities of this spectacular bird. A must for serious birders and novices alike!
Mwamba’s Last Waterhole Hide is perched on an outcrop directly above an active waterhole. This waterhole is busy throughout the season, but is most spectacular from late September when all the other water in the area has dried up. This waterhole provides fantastic opportunities to watch different species of thirsty game coming in to drink. The stage remains constant but the players change throughout the day – it is very easy to while away hours in this hide watching the ever changing show. It is particularly good in the mornings between 8 and 9am.