There are several luxury safari lodges in South Africa that cater extremely well to wildlife photographers. Here, we focus on a few magnificent game viewing and photography hides in South Africa that are well positioned and equipped, and allow for comfortable and unobtrusive viewing of animals in their habitat. These are the places that serious wildlife photographers will want to visit. For safari guests in general, hides have the advantage of safe, and in some instances unaccompanied, access to wildlife.

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This could easily be your view from the hide at Idube Game Lodge in Sabi Sands

In the Sabi Sands Game Reserve of Mpumalanga, Idube Game Lodge has a wonderful hide where guests can kick back to watch wildlife drinking at Shadulu Dam – a great thing to do between the schedules safari drives and foot safaris. Mail us.

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Mhondoro Game Lodge’s unique waterhole hide

A stunning safari destination in Limpopo’s Welgevonden Private Game Reserve, Mhondoro Game Lodge has a unique underground waterhole hide – just the spot for snatching wildlife sightings unobtrusively. Connected to the main lodge by a reinforced concrete tunnel, the hide offers a safe and very rewarding way of viewing wildlife. Ellies are among the animals you could expect to see here, as well as regular warthogs and baboons. Check Availability & Rates

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Terrapin Hide at Jaci’s Lodges in Madikwe Game Reserve

At Jaci’s Lodges in Madikwe Game Reserve the submerged Terrapin Hide is a great water-level vantage point from which to get outstanding wildlife pics. Eight photographers can be accommodated in the hide, and get access via an underground tunnel. It is positioned at the centre of a watering hole and offers sightings 24/7. With a bed in the hide, an overnight stay in the hide is an option too! Mail us.

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Entrance to the new underground hide at Tuningi Safari Camp in Madikwe Game Reserve

Tuningi Safari Lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve has a special new underground hide, allowing guests to get close to wildlife in safety. Elephants typically walk right passed the windows of the hide, offering a terrific perspective of their size. Being on the same level as the animals allows one to capture fantastic images with a wide-angle lens, and low-angle pics of animals bending to drink. Mail us.

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Waterhole hide at The Bush House in Madikwe

The Bush House in Madikwe has an underground hide set on the edge of an active waterhole where elephants regularly drink and traverse. The hide is accessed from a walkway allowing guests to enter the tunnel safely and without being seen by the animals. The front of the hide has an expanded metal grid which is completely open and out of sight but can be dropped if need be. The hide is accessible at night and throughout the day, and is also accessible to disabled guests. Mail us.

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One of the sophisticated hides in Zimanga Game Reserve

Zimanga Game Reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal has shown great skill in meeting the needs of wildlife photographers at its state-of-the-art photographic hides. There are five hides on the property, each tailored to its particular objective: two are bird hides, one for small bird photography and the other for waterbirds; one is a custom-designed hide for mammal photography; one is a mobile hide that can be moved to different sites; one is a vulture hide situated on a hill. The Zimanga hides make use of comfortable executive-type chairs that give photographers mobility in the hides. Hides are spacious, air-conditioned and soundproofed and offer incredible non-invasive opportunities for photography. Mail us.

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