Somalisa Expeditions is a traditional safari camp in Hwange National Park, with canvas guest tents and cosy commual areas facing a waterhole. It was designed as a replica of the original Somalisa Camp, which itself has subsequently been refurbished.
The six en-suite safari tents have an authentic bush camp feel yet offer home comforts you can enjoy after a busy day exploring the wilderness of Hwange National Park. Polished wooden floors, canvas walls and stylish teak furnishings create a traditional safari atmosphere that feels in tune with its surroundings.
There is a communal dining and lounge, with ample seating, set on a raised wooden deck overlooking the plunge pool and the waterhole, which is very popular with the local elephant population. Watching these creatures relishing mud baths is, not suprisingly, a favourite pasttime for guests at Somalisa Expeditions.
There are daily morning and afternoon game drives, and opportunities for night drives, all led by experienced guides keen to pass on their knowledge and passion for the surroundings. Wildlife often viewed here includes giraffe, zebra, buffalo, wildebeest, several species of antelope plus predators in the form of lion, leopard and hyena. The camp also offers guided walks for those aged 16 and over, with nature walks in the vicinity of the camp for younger guests.
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Open: Somalisa Expeditions is open all year.
Location: The camp is in a private concession in the south-eastern section of Hwange National Park. The nearest airstrip is Manga, a half hours' drive from the camp.
Rooms: 6 traditional meru-style tents set on elevated decks, all en-suite with running water, flush toilet, copper hand basin and outdoor safari (bucket) shower. Each tent has a fan and mosquito nets. The camp accommodates a maximum of 12 guests.
Facilities: There is a comfy lounge-bar and a tented dining area. The viewing deck faces a waterhole frequented by elephants. There is a plunge pool for guests, though the elephants also like to use this! There are battery charging points in the central area. The camp provides a complimentary laundry service.
Activities: The camp offers game drives including night drives and guided walks are offered in the private concession and also in the main areas of the park. These drives use open-sided 4x4 vehicles with canvas roofs providing shade. You can observe wildlife from hides, enjoy bird watching and visit a local village with a guide from the camp.
Dining: Meals are served communally on the main deck.
Children: Children over 7 years of age are welcome and children under 16 cannot partake in walking safaris, but nature walks around camp are on offer.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There no WiFi or mobile signal at Somalisa Expeditions.
Notes: Somalisa Expeditions has been built as a replica of the original, pre-furbishment, Somalisa Camp,
The camp is available for exclusive use when booked for a minimum of 10 guests.
"A lovely camp in its own concession in the park so we were able to experience Africa on our own."