Recently rebuilt and upgraded, the marquees and sails of award-winning Somalisa Camp evoke Arabian nights in the heart of the southern African bush. Two waterholes flanking the camp attract Hwange’s famous elephants as well as lion, buffalo, rhino, giraffe and a rich variety of smaller game. At Somalisa, every attention is paid to excellent hosting and guiding, contributing to an unforgettable safari experience. The camp’s focus on environmental sustainability is evident in its use of solar power and recycled building materials, and the recycling of 80% of its water.
Seven sumptuous Sail Tents accommodate 14 guests in elegant style, with extra-length twin or double beds alongside spacious lounge areas. Floor-to-ceiling gauze sides allow the canvas to be rolled up, presenting unimpeded views of the bush and Somalisa Vlei. Guests’ comfort rules in all seasons, with fans for hot summer nights and wood-burning stoves for the cooler months. The spacious en-suite bathrooms sport copper slipper baths and wood-panelled showers, with outdoor showers a feature of every tent.
Imagine cooling down and having a drink while watching your wild counterparts do the same only metres away: the lounge and dining area, with its split-level decks, firepit and splash pool, overlooks the Elephant Pool and the main waterhole where wildlife in plenty come to drink. Birds abound in the camp’s acacias.
A pizza oven on the deck adds variety to the fresh and tasty fare, which does not neglect vegetarians. High tea in the afternoons and snacks with sundowners ensure no one goes hungry between lunch and the three-course dinners.
Within a private concession in the park, guests have exclusive use of this area while also being able to explore the rest of Hwange. The Big Five, roan antelope, white rhino, cheetahs, giraffes and zebras are all resident in this sector. Somalisa’s qualified and knowledgable guides are among Zimbabwe’s best and their passion for their country’s flora and fauna is evident.
Walking safaris are a special feature of this camp, although not for those under 16. However, children aged seven to 16 can do short nature walks close to camp. Somalisa Camp does not allow children under the age of seven as potentially dangerous animals may wander through the open camp. After dark, guests are accompanied to and from their tents by guides.
Things to do
• Guided morning & evening game drives
• Night drives
• Guided walks
• Game viewing from hides
• Sleep out on a raised platform away from the camp
• Cultural tours of villages
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