The highlight of my African trip by far. Spent four amazing nights here and wish I could have stayed for a lifetime. From the moment we arrived, the team was amazing and I felt like I finally found the African atmosphere that I was looking for. The tents that we stayed in were cozy and comfortable, with romantic bathrooms that only simulated 'roughing it'. Many times, a procession of elephants would make their way to the watering holes in the front of the camp around our tents and amaze us. Every time I looked, there would always be an animal cooling itself off and having fun in the mud or drinking out of the pool-turned-watering-hole - some times 40 elephants at a time!
Although it got chilly in the night time, there were hot water bottles waiting in the sheets for you after a long game drive. Getting so close to nature was indescribable, from having elephants feet away from you to hearing lions loud and clear. Some great animal sightings on the two game drives of each day. One of my favorite parts was when we would stop in the middle at a 'picnic spot' and eat either mouth-watering fresh muffins or delicious appetizers. Henry, the main guide, was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. The whole staff became our family and even gave us a dance performance! I rarely ever saw another game drive going on and felt like the only tourist in the park. The food was amazingly good all around. Everything was perfect, except for a small bug problem in the tents if one leaves their light on for too long, but you can hardly blame the staff! I can't wait to bring back my whole family and friends to show them wonderful animals, a warm staff and food to die for.
- 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