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Somalisa Camp

Hwange National Park

Rating: Deluxe    

Somalisa Camp overview

Somalisa Camp, whuch was refurbished in 2016, offers a touch of luxury in a beautiful bush setting. It consists of seven safari tents and attractive communal areas nestled under a grove of acacia trees.

The whole camp has recently been re-built and upgraded to offer visitors endless luxuries and comforts on the eastern side of Hwange National Park. The seven elegantly furnished sail tents at Somalisa Camp are spacious and luxuriously appointed. The en-suite bathrooms each have an indoor and outdoor shower as well as a stylish copper bath to soak in after a guided trek across the floodplain. In each tent there is a log burner in the relaxed seating area to warm you on chilly evenings and gauze sliding doors tha open out onto a private shaded deck where you can relax and enjoy the view.

The communal area is just as luxurious with split level decking dividing the main dining, lounge and bar areas. There is also a splash pool and sun deck overlooking the waterhole where herds of local game gather to drink.

Somalisa is well known for its abundance of wildlife and morning and afternoon game drives and walking safaris are led by extremely knowledgeable guides allowing you to completely immerse yourself in the safari experience.

Somalisa Camp is adjacent to its sister camp, Somalisa Acacia, a 4-tent camp which is designed to accommodate families.

Photos courtesy African Bush Camps


Open: Somalisa Camp is open all year. 

Location: Hwange National Park along the Kennedy vlei line, in a private concession. The nearest airstrip is Manga, about a half hour drive from the camp.

Rooms: There are 7 luxurious tents, all en-suite and set on elevated decks. They are entered through sliding gauze doors and are kept cosy on chilly nights by wood burners, with ceiling fans to keep them cool on hot days. Tea and coffee making facilities are provided and teh beds are fitted with mosquito nets. Bathrooms have full running water, a copper bathtub, twin hand basins and shower, and there's an additional outdoor shower.

Facilities: There is a swimming pool, comfy lounge, bar and main dining area.  Batteries can be charged in the communal area. The camp overlooks a waterhole. There is a free laundry service. 

Activities:  Game drives, by day and night, and guided walks are offered in the private concession and also in the main areas of the park. Private vehicles are available at extra cost and need to be booked in advance. This is a good bird watching area with ober 470 species on record. You can accompany a guide on a tour of local villages which the camp supports through the African Bush Camps Foundation.

Dining: Meals are served communally on the main deck. 

Children:Children over the age of 7 are welcome. The minimum age for walking safaris is 16 , but younger chilrden can take part in guided nature walks around the camp.

Health: This is a malarial area. 

Communication: There no WiFi or mobile signal at Somalisa Camp.

Notes: Somalisa Camp underwent a thorough refurbishment in 2016

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