Ten years ago, Charles Brightman, a professional safari guide from Victoria Falls, came up with the idea of constructing a unique hide right on the edge of the famous waterhole in front of Victoria Falls Safari Lodge in Zimbabwe.
Siduli Hide was designed to look like a termite mound, and after completion allowed onlookers to conceal themselves and wait for wildlife from the adjacent Zambezi National Park to come to the water’s edge, just several feet from the hide.
In early March, photographer Claire Wright had a number of opportunities to photograph elephants from the low vantage of the hide, as the animals came down to the waterhole to drink in the late afternoon dust. Here are some of the best photos:
“Being so close––literally at ground level––yet so safe in the company of a Professional guide, with your camera at the same height as an elephant’s feet, is breathtaking.”