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):
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Somalisa Camp Hotel Hwange National Park