Hideaways

Accommodation Suppliers

Address:
95 Garfield Rd, Claremont, Cape Town, South Africa, 7708
Member Number: 203700 Tel: +27 (0) 21 671 7729

Hideaways’ exclusive portfolio of eco-lodges and activities are all deeply committed to sustainability and conservation. Our bespoke luxury accommodations and activities offer the splendour of Africa to the eco-conscious traveller with our extraordinary safari experiences in Southern Africa’s most exclusive wilderness conservation areas.

With the highest levels of comfort, individual service and expert guiding in remote locations, Hideaways offers a portfolio of eco-lodges and activities that allow guests to experience the best in barefoot luxury, while each stay actively contributes to preserving Africa’s pristine natural habitats.

Hideaway’s slogan “life-changing experiences” is at the heart of everything we do. Not only in the sense that a special holiday can change your life. But also that almost every aspect of our guest’s stay is life-changing for someone else too – whether it is providing employment for the local community, enabling a scholarship sponsorship for a rural child, inspiring future conservationists, protecting the environment through eco-friendly practices, and preserving the habitats of the wildlife that makes these areas so special.

Where we operate

  • Botswana
  • Mozambique
  • Zimbabwe

Activities offered

  • Accommodation
  • Beach Holidays
  • Bird Watching
  • Canoeing
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Photography
  • Riding Safaris
  • Safaris - Fixed Camp
  • Self-Drive Holidays
  • Weddings
  • Walking Safaris
  • Air Charters
  • Eco tourism

Our Commitment to Responsible Tourism

Our eco-philosophy is one of barefoot luxury, focused on eco-friendly design and empowerment.

Solar power -
 We will use solar energy to power our lodges for most of the day and night. We will have a backup generator on hand for unforeseen necessity.

Eco-friendly pool - Instead of using salt or chlorine, our pools will use a natural reed system to filter the water.

Natural elements - We are using the elements for the lodges that already exist. Instead of tearing down the buildings and developing them again, we are utilizing and adapting what is already there. We will also be using natural elements for the production of the lodges. We have sourced surplus wood, excess local materials, etc.

Food - We have agreements with the surrounding villages to buy their fresh produce, thus empowering the people and supporting the villages in an on-going and sustainable way.

Staff Our - staff will all be locally sourced under the advisement of a management team who boast extensive understanding and sensitivity to the areas where our eco-lodges are located.

Educational Our - clients will all be given an educational and environmental presentation explaining how our lodges are environmentally friendly - we hope to increase the awareness and need for nature conservation.

Animals - We will ensure that our developments will not block the wildlife's paths, their habitation areas or disrupt them in any way. We manage a waterhole on our Elephant's Eye, Hwange, property to support the animals in the drier months.

 

News

20 September 2019

Nantwich Origin Story By Tony Park & Hideaways

Stories are what makes the difference between really experiencing your travels or just playing an inactive part during your holiday; everyone has stories; our guests, our teams on the ground and communities, and of course there are stories of the wildlife that populate the wilderness areas that we are custodians of.

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18 September 2019

#OneZimbabwe – Waving the Resilience Flag. A Country That is About People, True Connection, Strength and Safaris

Hideaways became one of the founding members of the #OneZimbabwe movement that started with a Roadshow in Cape Town and Johannesburg. This collaborative event of industry partners with a passion for sharing the essence of Zimbabwe is debunking the negativity that circulates. Our CEO Katja was one of the speakers, as well as our Marketing Specialist Nicole, introducing Hwange National Park and essential conservation goals.

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13 September 2019

Elephant’s Eye, Hwange And The Effectiveness Of Conservation Levies

At Hideaways, we are deeply committed to conserving the wildlife in one of the world’s last remaining wilderness areas, Hwange National Park. Together with Conservation & Wildlife Fund (CWF) we enact what we have identified as effective measures to fight poaching and protect the people and animals in an around the park.

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09 August 2019

Hideaways in the Latest Travel Africa Magazine

Hideaways CEO Katja has recently been featured not only once, but twice, in Travel Africa magazine. First, she shared her unique insights on how to sustainably and responsibly engage with local communities in Africa’s travel hotspots.

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29 July 2019

Grow Africa Sponsors Teachers in Rural Zimbabwe

Education is a lifeline for many children in Zimbabwe, offering a path to a better life. However, the village school at Dingani, near Elephant’s Eye, Hwange, is significantly under-staffed and in urgent need of assistance. With over 350 children, the 6 teachers employed by the government are facing daily challenges. The Grow Africa Foundation has sponsored the employment of an Early Childhood Development teacher at the school, Yolanda Ncube, who was born in the village of Dingani, graduated as a teacher 2 years ago and has been helping at Dingani Primary since 2018.

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22 July 2019

New Hideaways Safari Collection: Best of Hwange Fly-In Safari

This new Hideaways 7-day safari experience starts in Victoria Falls and takes guests through two distinct regions of Hwange National Park, allowing them to truly experience the very best of Hwange, including a scenic charter flight from Vic Falls to Hwange Main Camp – providing a spectacular aerial perspective of the park. Guests stay at our bespoke eco-lodge Elephant’s Eye, Hwange on a private concession sharing a fenceless border with the park, as well as our new lodge Nantwich in the remote Northern corner of the park where they'll have fantastic ‘box seat’ views of the only waterhole for 40 km. The itinerary is as follows:

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16 July 2019

Introducing the Hideaways exclusive Safari Collection

Along with our new website and new portfolio of properties and experiences, Hideaways is pleased to launch our new exclusive Safari Collection, offering unique African experiences designed to deliver unprecedented hospitality in close proximity to Africa’s spectacular wildlife and pristine wilderness, all whilst ensuring the conservation of these unique habitats.

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04 July 2019

Inspirational Imagery On Hideaways’ New Website

Explore our recent expansion of bespoke properties and experiences – lodges and safaris superbly positioned across Southern Africa’s most exclusive wilderness areas, allowing guests to savour equal moments of awe and serenity as they are immersed in the pristine African bush or a seaside paradise. Truly life-changing experiences. For inspirational imagery, greater user-friendliness and our latest offerings, we welcome you to explore our new website.

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27 June 2019

Hideaways Dhows Zambezi Truth Fully Operational From 1 July

Hideaways is delighted – dreams are now a reality and the two handcrafted dhows, Zambezi Tribe and Zambezi Origin, are finally ready to welcome guests on an authentic journey along one of Africa’s most legendary rivers.  After wading through the sometimes muddy waters of bureaucracy we are officially out of the woods and onto the river, the mighty Zambezi River. Zambezi Truth is open for bookings & in operation!

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16 April 2019

Hideaways Welcomes Nicole Jacobs As Sales Manager

Nicole Jacobs has been appointed as Hideaways Sales Manager. This is a new position as Hideaways is expanding significantly with exclusive new properties and activities. Nicole moved from Jenman African Safaris’ Series division and has been with the company for 6 years. Over the past years she has earned a proven track record in delivering service excellence for guests and agents in the Operations Department and then over the past 2 years as the manager of the Series Department. She brings with her amazing attention to detail, innovation as well as a fantastic relationship with agents and clients alike.

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09 April 2019

2 Fantastic Indaba Fam Trips available with Hideaways

Hideaways is offering agents the opportunity to familiarise themselves with its amazing new property Rio Azul. Spend 4 days unwinding after the hustle and bustle of Indaba in a secluded tropical wilderness where you can explore the pristine mangrove forest and blue lagoon surrounding the lodge, while feasting on fresh seafood. Exciting activities such as dhow sailing trips and excursions to Pansy Island are planned, but there is also ample time for leisurely beach strolls, solo adventures on your own private tinnie boat and refreshing dips in the pool with a view. This Fam trip is from 5 - 8 May.

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27 March 2019

Hideaways CEO Explaining The Benefits Of Coopetition At WTM’s Speaker’s Corner

Hideaways CEO Katja Quasdorf has been invited to give a talk at WTM about a subject very dear to our hearts: Combining forces in the pursuit of the greater good! In fact, she has since adopted the neologism ‘co-opetition’ - the practice of business competitors putting aside their rivalries in the spirit of selfless cooperation, in this case in the dedicated fight against poaching. Katja will also highlight how agents themselves can significantly affect conservation efforts, as they are clients’ first point of contact when planning a safari holiday and can already provide valuable input on conservation awareness as well as inspire clients to become more involved. If you are attending WTM Africa stop by Speaker’s Corner on 10 April at 13h00 to hear what it’s all about. Click here to find out more.

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14 February 2019

Hideaways Is Heading To The Beach – Relaunch Of Rio Azul Mozambique

Whispers of a mangrove forest, a crystal-clear lagoon, white powdery sands, and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean lapping gently against the shore… It’s serenity in a tropical wilderness, it’s Rio Azul in Mozambique, the newest lodge in the Hideaways portfolio. This beach paradise in a remote and secluded location is waiting for guests who want to experience the splendour and barefoot luxury of Mozambique in a unique eco-system sharing our vision for a marine protected reserve. Island, beach, lagoon and estuary activities such as snorkelling, kayaking through a mangrove forest, beach picnics and trips to the Bazaruto archipelago.

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09 January 2019

Hideaways Heading to the Beach

Hideaways is dipping its toes in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean with a new luxury eco-lodge on the white sandy beaches of Mozambique. We cannot contain our excitement to announce that we are expanding our portfolio of life-changing experiences to include a tropical paradise near Vilanculos in breathtakingly beautiful Mozambique. A haven of tranquility and where travellers can indulge in ultimate relaxation or fill their days with a variety of adventurous beach activities. We don't want to reveal too much too soon... so watch this space!

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12 November 2018

Hideaways Zambezi Truth: On the Water and Ready to Transport Guests on a Bohemian Zambezi Voyage

Our two new dhows, Zambezi Tribe and Zambezi Origin have arrived in Vic Falls and are going through the final phase of their induction - undergoing their finishing touches, soft furnishing, romantic lighting, and other amenities, as well as a test run on the mighty Zambezi River! The dhows will escort guests on a romantic twilight journey along one of Africa's most famous rivers and are pulling out all the stops to make sure it is a truly magical experience.

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05 October 2018

New Entrance Into Hwange National Park Now Open

Hideaways is thrilled to announce the official opening of the new Mtoa gate from our lodge, Elephant’s Eye directly into Hwange National Park!

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05 September 2018

New Anti-Poaching Unit On Hideaways Elephant’s Eye, Hwange Concession

When it comes to wildlife conservation, poaching is a critical issue that needs to be tackled head-on. As a responsible eco-lodge with a prime focus on sustainability and conservation, Elephant's Eye, Hwange is committed to protecting the wildlife in and around our lodge. We have been collaborating with the Conservation and Wildlife Fund (CWF), of which Hideaways is a founding member, on this very issue and are excited to announce that Elephant's Eye will be allocated its very own anti-poaching unit (APU)!

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22 August 2018

Fun For The Whole Family At Elephant’s Eye, Hwange With Our Family Experience Package

Elephant's Eye, Hwange is becoming even more family friendly! In addition to kids staying for free (when sharing a chalet with 2 adults) we have included some exciting kid-friendly activities.

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06 August 2018

Saddle Up For A Horseback Safari At Elephant’s Eye, Hwange

Elephant's Eye, Hwange has added horseback safaris to its list of activities offered at the lodge. Replace the hum of the safari vehicle with the clip-clop of hooves and occasional soft neighs of a horse.

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26 July 2018

Elephant’s Eye, Hwange – For Every Booking A Child Receives Free Education

Hideaways is committed to improving the lives of those living in the Dingani community close to our lodge Elephant’s Eye, Hwange, either through employment, supporting local businesses or through the various projects organized through the Grow Africa Foundation.

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17 July 2018

Zambezi Truth: Behind the Scenes of Hand-Made Dhows on the Zambezi

Have you heard about the new Hideaways experience that's on the horizon?

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29 June 2018

New Exclusive Entrance into Hwange National Park

Hideaways’ lodge Elephant's Eye, Hwange is located on a borderless concession adjoining Hwange National Park and although guests are able to enjoy game drives on the concession and in the park, when guests enter Hwange National Park they currently need to momentarily leave the concession and spend a portion of their journey to the park on a tarred road.

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19 June 2018

New Hideaways Brochure - Available Online

Providing agents with an inspiring sales tool, Hideaways have created a beautiful new brochure captivating the story of Hideaways, its current and new experiences.

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31 May 2018

Coming Soon: An Exclusive Bohemian Experience From Hideaways

Hideaways is adding an exclusive new experience on the Zambezi River. Zambezi Truth involves two romantic East African style dhows that will escort guests on a Bohemian dream drifting along the Zambezi River at sunset & sunrise. Guests will be treated to cocktails and canapes aboard a luxurious traditional boat decked out with soft colourful cushions and sparkling lanterns.

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06 April 2018

Hideaways and Grow Africa Change Zimbabwean Schoolgirls’ Lives and Help Them to Shine!

In 2017 Hideaways and Grow Africa started Project Penya. One out of ten teenage girls throughout Africa’s most rural regions misses a considerable amount of school each year, as much as 25 % annually, due to the humiliation and stigma related to menstruation simply because they do not have access to or cannot afford basics such as sanitary pads.

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13 March 2018

Elephant’s Eye, Hwange New Lodge Manager Identifies Most Strongly with an African Eagle

Most of us have learned in life that good things don’t last forever, but when something comes to an end a new chapter begins. This month, we are bidding farewell to Blessed Chalibamba, who has not only been managing our eco-lodge Elephant’s Eye, Hwange for the past 4 years but has literally built it to what it is today. (He was on site when every single screw was put into the decking and the big Gum poles sunk into the ground).

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31 January 2018

New Transformative Experience at Hideaways: The Community Upliftment Experience

Hideaways has introduced a new transformative experience for guests at Elephant’s Eye, Hwange – the Community Upliftment Experience, which is an excellent opportunity for guests to learn more about rural Zimbabwe life and to meet and interact with local Zimbabweans. The new tour is designed in collaboration with the Grow Africa Foundation’s redefined vision and mission statement “to be a bridge between Challenges & Solutions, Good Will & Action”.

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30 November 2017

HIdeaways' Project Penya Reaches its Goal

Hideaways is absolutely thrilled to announce that their Project Penya has reached its goal of raising enough money for a set of Subz reusable pads and panties for each Grade 6 and 7 girls at Dingani Primary School. This would not have been possible without the generous contributions of the guests at Elephant’s Eye, Hwange and partners of Hideaways.

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25 October 2017

Elephant’s Eye, Hwange Joins the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos

On Saturday the 7th October, guests staying at Elephant’s Eye, Hwange took part in the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos (GMFER) to raise awareness and contribute to the global voice to demand an end to the trade in ivory, rhino horns, and lion bones in Africa. This special game walk at Elephant’s Eye, Hwange was the official march for Zimbabwe. During the procession, a local herd of elephants just a mere 40 metres away decided to join in as well to guests’ absolute astonishment and delight! The illustrious author, Tony Park, well-known as being an enthusiastic ambassador for the Hwange region through his African themed novels, joined guests on the march. Sponsored by Hideaways’ partner NPO, Grow Africa, all proceeds from the t-shirts and caps went to the non-profit global march organisation.

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22 September 2017

New: Night Game Drives at Elephant’s Eye, Hwange

Elephant’s Eye, Hwange is now offering night game drives. Nighttime in the African bush is an experience like no other.

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29 June 2017

Elephant’s Eye, Hwange shows commitment to conservation and makes conservation levy (CWF levy) compulsory

Elephant’s Eye Hwange has decided there is simply no time to waste in combatting the plight that our wildlife is facing. As of the 1st of July 2017, the conservation levy will be compulsory for all guests staying at Elephant’s Eye, Hwange. The amount is set at $10.00 per person per night, payable either on invoice or at the lodge. Previously the contribution was at guests own discretion. SO WHAT WILL THESE FUNDS GO TOWARDS? Simply put, without wildlife there is no tourism. This is…

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22 May 2017

Kids Stay Free at Elephant's Eye, Hwange

In order to meet the growing demand of families looking to explore the beauty of Zimbabwe and to make selling Elephant's Eye a breeze, we have a fantastic new rate change for families/parents travelling with kids. With immediate effect, children aged between 7 - 17 will be accommodated at Elephant's Eye, Hwange, absolutely free, provided they are sharing a chalet with an adult traveller. This extends to a maximum of two children sharing with two adults an…

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10 January 2017

Hideaways is fighting the taboo on menstruation

Hideaways, in association with our charity, Grow Africa has joined the fight to break the taboo on menstruation in Africa by ensuring that the girls attending Dingani Primary School - near Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe - never have to go through the shame and psychological stress of having their period.     Teenage girls throughout Africa’s most rural regions miss a considerable amount of school, up to 25 % annually, due to the humiliation and stigma related to menstruation…

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14 December 2016

New Hideaways Website Looks to Promote Zimbabwe as an Eco Destination

Hideaways, who offers the glory of Africa to the eco-conscious traveller with their bespoke safari lodges in Southern Africa’s most exclusive wilderness conservation areas, has announced today the launch of their newly revamped website. The new design has a clean look, more functionality and enhanced content specifically curated to create a more informative and seamless online experience. Over the last few years, Hideaways has firmly established itself as a recognised portfolio brand an…

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05 September 2016

African Luxury Hideaways changes its name to Hideaways

In 2013, owner Garth Jenman fulfilled a life-long dream to develop a luxury portfolio consisting of properties with an eco-philosophy, namely African Luxury Hideaways. Since then the company has grown and its unique offerings have evolved, allowing Hideaways to evolve to an exciting new level. As guests continue to look for unique and experiential travel ideas, the word ‘luxury’ often no longer forms part of their quest for a holiday of a lifetime. Guest feedback has shown that th…

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17 June 2016

Mid-season introduced for 2017 at Elephant’s Eye, Hwange

African Luxury Hideaways has introduced a new mid-season, which lies between the Green Season and the High Season for 2017.  This time of year is characterised by warm days, clear blue skies, and cool nights. Clients witness the end of the green season as the effects of the dry season take hold. Mid-season is perfect for photography as there is still enough bush and greenery present.    

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08 June 2016

Jenman African Safaris phasing out hands-on animal interactions

As tourists become more discerning customers, the tourism market is changing and tour operators must help create a sustainable environment. Jenman African Safaris has decided to start phasing out all animal interactions such as cheetah petting, lion walks and ostrich rides from its itineraries and product offering. Preserving our natural environment is key. Garth Jenman, Managing Director of Jenman African Safaris, says “It’s up to us to set an example to our clients, suppliers and…

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01 June 2016

Jenman African Safaris gets tour Fair Trade approved

Jenman African Safaris’ first tour has been certified by Fair Trade Tourism. As tourists become more eco-conscious, travel companies and tour operators need to adapt. The company philosophy at Jenman African Safaris is about making a difference with our tours and the places in southern and East Africa we travel to. At the Jenman headquarters in Cape Town, the company has also started implementing eco-friendly measures such as using a worm farm to produce compost, recycle glass and paper…

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20 July 2015

Annual yoga retreat at Elephant’s Eye, Hwange

With an increasing interest in yoga retreats in a unique setting, African Luxury Hideaways will introduce its first annual 6-day yoga retreat at Elephant’s Eye, Hwange in November this year. Yoga will help the guests connect their mind and body with the true beauty of nature. The retreat will take place at least twice annually and will be led by some of South Africa’s most prominent yoga teachers from Cape Town and Johannesburg. It caters to all levels of experience, from the begin…

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17 June 2015

Sleep-out deck at Elephant’s Eye, Hwange

Started on the 1st of June 2015, guests staying for four nights or more can choose to spend one of those on our wooden deck overlooking a busy waterhole. Our sleep-out deck features a large mosquito net covered bed on an elevated platform which offers the most romantic escape in the African bush. This is a unique opportunity to witness animals’ behaviour during the night and have the chance to maybe observe some nocturnal animals such as owls, hyena and more. You will have your own priva…

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26 March 2015

African Luxury Hideaways offers Yoga Retreat at Elephant's Eye, Hwange

Yoga at Elephant’s Eye, Hwange: African Luxury Hideaways has created a wonderful package for those who are passionate about yoga and would like you to experience it in a new and unique way– in the middle of the African bush. Join one of South Africa’s most famous yoga teachers Kate Ball from Cape Town’s Yoga Spirit Studio on this exclusive retreat at Elephant’s Eye, Hwange from the 21st of May to the 26th of May 2015. You will spend five nights at the luxury eco-…

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27 September 2013

The new Elephant’s Eye, Hwange Lodge is open for business, and the website has been launched!

The office has been abuzz with excitement over the website launch and opening of Elephant’s Eye, Hwange Lodge; with rave reviews and new requests pouring in, all the anticipation and hard work (not to mention the advertising) has finally paid off!  This lodge is the first of its kind for African Luxury Hideaways; with a focus on sustainability, no detail has been spared in providing luxury, comfort and quality service while respecting the habitats of the local wildlife.  Gettin…

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