Uncover Zambia's Wild Heart from Our Hides

Hides in Zambia

Immerse yourself in the untouched wilderness of Zambia with Ntanda Ventures' exclusive Hides Experience. Created for wildlife enthusiasts, birdwatchers, photographers, and eco-tourists, these hides offer unparalleled opportunities to observe and photograph Africa's majestic wildlife up close in their natural habitat. Nestled in the heart of Zambia's most pristine landscapes, our hides provide a safe, discreet vantage point from which to witness the natural behaviors of wildlife, from the mighty elephant to the elusive leopard, without disturbing them. This unique offering caters to your passion for nature, delivering intimate encounters and spectacular photographic opportunities that promise to enrich your understanding and appreciation of Zambia's biodiversity.


  • Witness majestic elephants at Kukaya Hide, where wild mango trees are a stage for these gentle giants during mango season.
  • Soak in the beauty of the water spread out in front of Kafunta River Lodge, where tranquil waters reflect the sky and wildlife thrives.
  • Glide with vibrant carmine bee-eaters in a unique floating hide experience from Kaingo or Mwamba Camp, merging with the river's rhythm.
  • Marvel at the nocturnal wonders of the bush from Luangwa's excellent hide, where the night comes alive with the unseen ballet of the wild.

About Hides

The Hides in Zambia provide serene gateways to visit for immersive wildlife experiences, aiming to connect individuals with nature's beauty while promoting respect for the environment. These hides are not just a photographer's paradise; they are also perfect for those who, like myself, relish sitting quietly and observing the scenes unfold around them. Nkwali Camp's Carmine floating, Tena Tena Camp's Hippo hide, and Nsefu Camp's namesake hide embody conservation, education, and sustainable tourism values. These hides cater to various nature enthusiasts, from birdwatchers to families seeking a deep connection with the natural world. By offering an intimate view of wildlife, the Hides in Zambia enhances visitors' experiences and nurtures a lasting appreciation for conservation and ecosystem balance.

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Photographic Hides

Our bush camps stand out, with our photographic hides being developed by National Geographic, BBC, and Discovery Channel for various shoots and wildlife documentaries. Beyond photographers and filmmakers, they offer an incredible wildlife experience for enthusiasts. Guests can observe animals up close in their natural habitat undisturbed. We provide specialized equipment for photographers, including bean bags, dust covers, and charging facilities. Derek's unique photographic hides are a defining feature of Shenton Safaris, ensuring a safe and close-up wildlife photography experience. Also Shenton Safaris' Carmine Bee-eater Hide is a unique tourism spot, featuring a boat stationed by the riverbanks where these colorful birds nest.

Carmine Bee-Eater Hide

Accessed from Kaingo and Mwamba, our Carmine Bee-eater Hide is connected when the Southern carmine bee-eaters nest in the South Luangwa area. This animals' migration timing varies yearly, typically in August, so we guarantee the hide's availability in September and October.

The types of hide's location changes annually, sometimes on a boat near the river bank or on a sandbank close to the colony. The route may vary too, so be prepared to cross a shallow river portion barefoot to reach the hide! Guests are transported to the spot with an armed scout. After a walk across a long beach to the river's edge, we wade through the water to the hide anchored on a boat in front of the colony. Guests find the journey exciting, with Carmines unfazed by our presence, providing great photo ops. Ideal for bird enthusiasts of all levels.

Kaingo Hippo Hide

Tucked at the confluence of the Luangwa and Mwamba rivers, Kaingo camp's Hippo Hide offers an exclusive peek into the world of hippos. Carved discreetly into the riverbank, it provides comfortable seating and camera props for guests to observe the captivating antics of these magnificent creatures up close. The hide evolves as  the safari season unfolds, offering ever closer encounters with the river's iconic residents.

Nsefu Hide

NSEFU Camp's Nsefu Hide offers an intimate wildlife viewing experience along the serene Luangwa River. Concealed along the riverbank, guests can observe the fascinating interactions between predators and prey in the heart of Zambia's wilderness, promising unforgettable moments in nature.

Mwamba’s Last Waterhole Hide

Exclusive to Mwamba’s guests, this hide directly overlooks an active waterhole. It's most stunning from late August when other water sources dry up. The waterhole offers fantastic game-watching opportunities. The scene is constant, but the cast changes throughout the day. Guests often spend hours here captivated by the ever-changing show. In September and October, many choose to spend the entire day at the Last Waterhole Hide, skipping other activities. Just a short walk from Mwamba's main area, the hide is within walking distance of all thatch chalets. Guests have free access and can pop in during the day. A highlight is the mornings from 8 to 9 am.

Elephant Hide

Overlooking the Luangwa River is a raised treehouse-like platform above a historical elephant crossing. Elephants have frequented this spot for decades. During low river levels, you can witness the gentle giants gathering at the waterfront, drinking, and crossing. Sometimes, a young elephant opts to play in the river instead of crossing promptly.

The Elephant Hide could be your fourth activity, as elephants may cross during brunch! If you spot them nearing the crossing point, the guide will inquire if you'd like to momentarily pause brunch to observe from the Elephant Hide.

Wild Dog Lagoon Hide

Accessed from both Kaingo and Mwamba, the Wild Dog Lagoon Hide edges the Wild Dog Lagoon. This area offers great Wild Dog sightings, but it's better known for exceptional bird watching and plains game. The lagoon attracts northern plains game like Elephants, Cookson’s Wildebeest, Eland, and Buffalo for drinking. Waterbirds dominate, ranging from the African Jacana to the Sacred Ibis.

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