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Somalisa Camp

Somalisa is located in a private concession at the heart of Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park. Known as 'the home of elephants', a visit to this luxury camp results in an interaction with the planet's largest land mammal that is unlike any other.

Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Somalisa Camp
  • Enjoy this award winning tented camp in the heart of the Hwange National Park.

  • Somalisa Camp was the first-ever Hwange safari lodge and takes huge pride in its beautiful setting.

  • Scan the branches for lounging leopards as you drive through the quiet teak forest

  • The camp leads the way in eco-friendly safari accommodation.

Somalisa, and her smaller, more family-friendly sister-camp Somalisa Acacia, are set back to back on an island of large shady acacia trees in a private concession in the heart of Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park. The camps enjoy great views along the savannah of the Kennedy Vlei line where herds of elephant process towards the camp to drink from the camp swimming pools or bathe in the mud at the waterholes.

Both Somalisa and Somalisa Acacia feature small swimming pools in which to cool off during the heat of the day. At Somalisa they have had to build a second pool for their guests as the first was being emptied quickly over the day as huge numbers of elephant came to drink from it, understandably seeming to prefer the sweet borehole water to that of the muddy waterhole below. This extraordinary sight is worth the trip to Hwange in itself, to sit mere yards from full breeding herds or huge bulls, greedily sucking and slurping up water, is quite an experience.

Somalisa Camp has seven luxury tented rooms, each with wooden floors and canvas walls and roofs. Each has extremely comfortable double or twin beds, a writing desk, deck to the front, indoor fireplace and ensuite bathroom with flush toilet and indoor and outdoor shower, as well as a copper rolltop bathtub.

Somalisa Acacia has just four tents; two large family tents, with one double bedroom and one twin bedroom, and two standard tents. This camp welcomes children of all ages and they have developed an exciting Kid's Programme for their young guests.

Activities from here are varied, including game drives, walking safaris, game viewing from hides and bird watching.

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Top tip:

To sit on the edge of the swimming pool at Somalisa looking up into the eyes of a herd of elephants is a truly out-of-this-world experience that will leave you pinching yourself.

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Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Somalisa is set on a private concession at the heart of Hwange National Park in north-eastern Zimbabwe.

11-hour international flight to Johannesburg International Airport, followed by a 1-hour 45-minute flight to Victoria Falls. It is then a short charter flight to Manga Airstrip in Hwange followed by a 30 minute drive to camp. Alternatively, you can fly via Harare and charter into Manga Airstrip. It is also easy to transfer by road to Hwange Main Camp, 1 hour 30 minutes, where you will be collected by a representative of Somalisa who will drive you to the camp.

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