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After undergoing major renovations in 2015, Somalisa Camp has reopened as a beautiful, luxury tented camp whilst keeping the spirit of true guiding and brilliant hosting for the perfect destination.
Tucked away on an acacia island, set against an ancient seasonal flood plain enjoy the breath-taking views across the golden savannah plains of the famous Kennedy Vlei line.
Hwange is known as “the land of the giants’ for its big elephant herds. This Hwange safari lodge is famous for its up-close encounters with elephants. At the edge of the expansive deck in the main camp area, sits an elephant pool which is frequented by elephant families, a real highlight at this beautiful camp.
Guests at the Somalisa camps have exclusive use of the private concession, which extends to about 150km2 within Hwange National Park. As part of its extensive conservation work, the camp pumps six waterholes in this area, ensuring a year-round water supply for wildlife – and thus excellent year-round wildlife viewing. There is also the option of game drives within the national park itself.
Hwange National Park is the largest in Zimbabwe, covering an impressive 14,650 sq km. The park is named after a local Nhanzwa chief and was once the royal hunting ground for the Ndebele warrior-king Mzilikazi, before being classified as a protected National Park in 1929.
As you’d expect from a park of this size, the breadth of wildlife species is astounding. Over 100 species of mammals reside here, whilst almost 400 species of birds decorate the skies. Perhaps most exciting is the 40,000-strong population of tusker elephants, whose presence is world-renowned and a joy to watch day after day.
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.
Consisting of seven elegantly furnished Sail Tents with gauze sliding doors, a glass wood-burner fireplace for the cold winter nights, and an floor fan for the hot summer days. The bathrooms here deserve a special mention all with 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.
The full range of safari activities is available at this property, including game drives, nights drives, walking safaris, birdwatching, as well as viewing decks. Why not try out the raised sleeping platform for a little adventure!
Delicious fresh food is served at this camp, with lighter meals during the hot days and fantastic dinners served on the raised deck overlooking the waterhole. As part of African Bush Camps drive to be eco-friendly you will be gifted and aluminium water bottle on arrival to keep for your journey!
African Bush Camps are renowned for their conservation and community work stemming from every camp. At Somalisa, every living tree that was cut down and used in the luxury refurbishment, another 20 were planted! Creating a true leading example of an exo-friendly safari-camp. The new structure incorporates recycled building materials in a very creative way, a solar-power farm generates all the electricity, and a purity system allows the camp to recycle 80% of the water used. A lot of thought went into the camp's design, but the basics weren't forgotten, and you can also expect a focus on the safari experience, excellent guiding and great service.
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