Quite simply, if you are fortunate enough to have an opportunity to go to Somalisa - do! The camp is about 50km from Hwange main camp and you really do feel very close to nature - and in the case of elephants who visit the camp, you are! Our guides, Mike and Calvet, were wonderful, not only just because of their knowledge of the wildlife but also the wonderful insights they provided into life in Africa.
The camp was very well run and all the staff were invariably friendly and really helpful. On the Acacia side (there are two parts to the camp), Sandra, Dolphas and Macbeth made our stay a truly wonderful experience. How such great meals were prepared remains a mystery. The elephants in Hwange are legendary and they didn't disappoint. We were also fortunate enough to see leopard, lions, crocodile, hippo, zebra, giraffe, oryx and sable to name just some, plus innumerable beautiful birds including the southern yellow-billed hornbill which seemed to be on almost every perch. And, as icing on the cake, we saw two painted dogs.
In June it does get cold at night, so be prepared; but this makes having porridge beside a blazing campfire a great way to start the day!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A small intimate tented camp tucked away subtly under a canopy of an acacia tree island on an ancient river system. This unbeatable wild elephant sanctuary is known for its large herds of elephant and the Somalisa concession in Hwange National Park affords you with your private African wildlife encounters from the minute you step out of your tent.Somalisa having only 12 beds has been designed as an environmentally low impact camp giving you a barefoot luxury experience with understated elegance. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Somalisa Camp Hotel Hwange National Park