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“Amazing Experience!”
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Somalisa Camp
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Boston
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“Amazing Experience!”
Reviewed May 9, 2009

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.

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 21, 2007

This camp was beyond our expectations. Everything was perfect close to the nature and luxury in the same time. Remote and with very high level of service. Nature around the camp is wild and we feel like explorators in 1920. We can feel (and even smell !) animals all around.
Tents and main tent is very stylish, food and wines are excellent.
The camp has a kind of private area which is huge and where other camps can not go. So we spent full days without seeing any other cars and this gave us opportunity to enjoy quietly animals watch.
There is so many animals (Elephants are everywhere in Hwange) it would be to long to list but we keep specialy in mind the lions we saw.
I miss words to describe how we enjoyed the place. We spent three nights there and one more would have been brilliant.

  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 15, 2007

We had the pleasure of staying at Somalisa for three of our honeymoon nights and talk about a magical experience! Managed by the darling newly weds, Terry and Sheona Anders, we discovered a home away from home at their camp. Intimate, with only six elegantly furnished tents, complete with outside showers, we were pampered like you wouldnt believe. Located about a two hour drive from the strip airport, in Hwange National Park, this is definitely one of the more remote camps, and all the more exciting for it! The meals were fantastic and there was an incredible attention to detail, from scented towels to wipe off the dust when we arrived back at camp from a game drive, to the beautiful way our towels were arranged on the beds, artistically surrounded by seed pods. We even had homemade chocolates in tiny paper boxes laid on our pillows at night.
Some of our most poignant African memories occured here...from lying on deck chairs, watching elephants drink from the small swimming pool only 8 feet away, to hearing the cracking of branches right outside our tent as yet more elephants ate their way around us, to being serenaded by the Somalisa team, whose singing brought tears to our eyes.
Terry is an amazing guide, not only is he extremely knowledgeable, he made us feel safe at all times, no mean feat with the amount of wildlife breathing around us! We saw 19 lions in those three days alone, the number of animals was astounding. This was Africa as we had envisioned it, romantic, wild, and right at our fingertips.

  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Somalisa Camp
Address: Hwange National Park, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Location: Zimbabwe > Matabeleland North Province > Hwange National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 24 Specialty Lodging in Hwange National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Somalisa Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 7
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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