My Honey and I had been on safari for ten days and this was our last tented camp and most favorite. We were in Zimbabwe during a severe drought, and quite a number of elephant carcasses were scattered around the park. Somalisa was a perfect respite from the heat and the drought. Tents are perched around the grounds among an ancient stand of acacia trees. Traditional in style, these tents, are HUGE-- with a comfortable bed, two matching side tables with reading lamps, a canvas closet with shelves, wooden floors and two chairs. The bathing area was attached but open-to-the-sky with a flush toilet, bucket shower and gorgeous brass basin and matching scoop. For Somalisa guests, water was plentiful and delicious, coming from a special bore deep in the ground. Somalisa offers guaranteed close up and personal elephant encounters, because it is positioned directly on the banks of a watering hole. in fact, the only thing separating you from these amazing creatures, is the deck rail and a rather narrow drinking trough. You can literally look into the mouths of giant tusked elephants as they pour water in from their trunks and gulp it dow. The food here was fantastic---a mouth-watering sweet and savory item at tea, (one of the most scrumptious chocolate cakes I have ever tasted) plus three truly delicious meals. Somalisa is in a very remote and romantic setting, and even in the severest drought, your every creature comfort will be met. We also enjoyed the new managers- a young enthusiast couple who absolutely love the bush. They had just rescued two newborn bats, and were raising them in a waste basket and feeding them baby formula. if its even possible, we think they will do even more at Somalisa to make this marvelous camp shine.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Somalisa Tented Camp is set in the heart of Hwange National Park Zimbabwe, and is known as the land of the giants for its big elephant herds. Nestled in a stunning location tucked away on an acacia island along the edge of an ancient seasonal flood plain, Somalisa provides guests with breathtaking views of the savannah plains across the famous Kennedy Vlei line. Recently re-built, Somalisa Tented Camp has upgraded its level of accommodation to that of complete comfort and luxury whilst still maintaining its focus on the guiding and hosting of guests to ensure the ultimate guest experience. Consisting of seven elegantly furnished Sail Tents with gauze sliding doors, a glass wood-burner fireplace for the cold winter nights, and an overhead fan for the hot summer days, each tent has en suite bathroom facilities including flush toilets, an indoor and outdoor shower, as well as a copper slipper-style bathtub. The main decking area includes split level decking with a separate lounge and dining area, as well as a small splash pool for guests overlooking the “Elephant Pool” and a natural waterhole where herds of game congregate to drink and where guests can relax whilst soaking in the African bush. Activities include guided walks lead by qualified and passionate guides who will share their knowledge and love of the bush with you, game drives and night drives. Wildlife sightings include elephant, kudu, sable antelope, zebra, wildebeest, gemsbok, the rare and endangered roan antelope, buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, hyena, and many other wildlife species. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Somalisa Camp Hotel Hwange National Park