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Umgede Hide

Antares Bush Camp needed to find a way to make our product different from the many other tourist attractions in the local area and set us apart from the more traditional lodges and so


Welcome to the Umgede underground hide


There are only a handful of underground hides in South Africa and even fewer in the immediate vicinity of the Kruger National Park. These hides offer guests the unique and amazing opportunity to sit in the safety and comfort of a game viewing hide and photograph the animals from their level. Whether your subject is the mighty elephants as they throw the mud over their ears, or the majestic lions as they lap the cooling water or just the dainty dragonflies as they rest on the lily pads, there will always be something of interest for you to focus your lens on.


At Umgede there will be ample space for up to four photographers to sit in the comfort of adjustable office chairs and mount your cameras on sturdy supports or rest them on your bean bags. The waters edge is a mere 60-70 cm from the opening of the shutters allowing you to get really close to the animals. Watch the video to give yourself an idea of just how special this experience can be,


Behind you is ample seating for the non-photographers to also relax and spend time waiting for the animals to turn up or just to keep their better-halves company. A small fridge means you can stock up with refreshments and settle down for the day or evening. Don’t forget to bring along  good book to read while you wait for the animals to arrive or better still your bird guide so you can identify all the birds as they come down to drink.


The hide will have ample electrical connections for you to charge your equipment, including USB charge points. Wi-Fi will also be available from the hide enabling you to upload your photos immediately to various social media platforms.


Situated only 30-40m from the camp site, the hide is easily accessible on your own although caution is still advised on your approach to the hide, especially at night.

The hide is restricted to camp guests only but will be made available to day visitors on those days when the camp is empty. In these situations bookings will only be available within a 48 hour notice period so please call to check if the hide is available or not. Day visitors unfortunately will only be granted access during daylight hours and will be limited to a maximum group size of four people.