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Somalisa Camp and Somalisa Acacia - African Bush Camps

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Somalisa Tented Camp is set in the heart of Hwange National Park Zimbabwe, and is known as the land of the giants for its big elephant herds. Nestled in a stunning location tucked away on an acacia island along the edge of an ancient seasonal flood plain, Somalisa provides guests with breathtaking views of the savannah plains across the famous Kennedy Vlei line. Recently re-built, Somalisa Tented Camp has upgraded its level of accommodation to that of complete comfort and luxury whilst still maintaining its focus on the guiding and hosting of guests to ensure the ultimate guest experience. Consisting of seven elegantly furnished Sail Tents with gauze sliding doors, a glass wood-burner fireplace for the cold winter nights, and an overhead fan for the hot summer days, 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. 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. Wildlife sightings include elephant, kudu, sable antelope, zebra, wildebeest, gemsbok, the rare and endangered roan antelope, buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, hyena, and many other wildlife species.
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Hwange National Park Zimbabwe
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Victoria Falls Airport103 mi
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We stayed 3 nights at the main tentcamp, and had some fantastic gamedrives. We stayed in tent no. 3 with a nice view to the waterhole. The camp was very well kept and the food excellent. Everybody was very friendly and serviceminded, so we had a great stay. There is a waterhole
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Response from Gemma H, Public Relations Manager at Somalisa Camp and Somalisa Acacia - African Bush Camps
Responded 2 days ago
Thank you for taking the time to write this review. Isn't it just the most magical experience being surrounded by such enormous, gentle giants. The elephants truly are wonderful creatures. I am thrilled you enjoyed the camp and what an incredible sighting of the buffalo and lion interaction. Thank you for the recommendation and we hope to welcome you back in the near future. Until then, stay well.
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It's now a week since we left Somalisa Camp and we have had time to reflect on a truly wonderful experience. Our stay was very special and it was an experience we shall never forget. From the moment we were picked up at Main Camp we were made to feel most welcome and nothing was
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Response from Gemma H, Public Relations Manager at Somalisa Camp and Somalisa Acacia - African Bush Camps
Responded 1 week ago
Hi Richard and Gill, this review optimizes everything we wish for a guest to experience when traveling to an African Bush Camps property. Thank you for taking the time to write such a heart felt review we really to appreciate your feedback. I will certainly forward this wonderful praise to our team, they will be thrilled to recieve the acknowledgement. Bubbles and a beautiful leopard in the heart of the bush... is there an experience to top this? Magical! Thank you again for this wonderful review and happy birthday Gill, we wish you all the best for the year to comye. Continue to relish in the meories of Africa until you can join us again. All the best.
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This was our first safari and first tented camp. We did not expect it to be a luxurious oasis and so stunningly beautiful with every detail in harmony with the landscape. The photos online don’t do it justice. We were comfortable even in the late afternoon heat thanks to
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Response from Gemma H, Public Relations Manager at Somalisa Camp and Somalisa Acacia - African Bush Camps
Responded 1 week ago
This is a lovely review thank you for writing it, I can feel the pure essence of your experience. I am so thrilled that we exceeded your expectations. Somalisa is the first African Bush Camps property built and one that we hold dear to our heart, thank you for experiencing your first tented camp with us. We hope to welcome you back in the near future until then keep well.
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This camp was a complete surprise, as we had expected to stay at Somalisa Expeditions tented camp but instead were taken to the main camp, which is a beautiful tented camp. We do not know who upgraded us, but we would like to thank them very much. We arrived in the early
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Response from Gemma H, Public Relations Manager at Somalisa Camp and Somalisa Acacia - African Bush Camps
Responded 2 weeks ago
How special to see such great cat sightings, incredible. Thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful review it is a delight to share your experience. I will be sure to send your praise on to our team in camp. I'm sure Beks must have had some great stories to share with you in camp, he is such a wonderful pioneer. Once again, I am thrilled you had a fantastic time and we hope to welcome you back again. Until then stay well.
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Picked up at Main camp with ice cold water bottles and enjoyed a beautiful Lunch by the water where elephants were visiting. Our guide was fantastic and kept us al including my inquisite son interested with his knowledge and experiences. The game drive was superb and we
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Response from Gemma H, Public Relations Manager at Somalisa Camp and Somalisa Acacia - African Bush Camps
Responded 2 Jan 2019
Please do come back in the near future, what an amazing trip you had. Thank you for your kind words and acknowledgment of our wonderful staff. I will be sure to reiterate this to all involved. What lovely sightings you had... wild dogs! amazing! I am so glad your son was able to enjoy too. Thanks again for such a beautiful review, it means the world to us at African Bush Camps. we hope to welcome you back again soon, until then keep well.
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Yes, you need a converter. It’s a three plug. Go on line ask for power plugs for Zimbabwe, it is the same one in Kenya and Tanzania. That’s the best I can answer, we are not at home, traveling in Mexico and it’s the same as US. I hope this helps.
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Hi Laure, please consult our booking agents online at the African Bush Camps website. We hope to welcome you to camp soon.
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Hi Larry, We are so looking forward to having you stay with us at Somalisa next year. May is winter in Zimbabwe, so the late afternoons, nights and early mornings are cold but the days are fresh and sunny. As Hwange is located right on the edge of the Kalahari desert, the Kalahari sands in which the park is rooted do not retain any heat once the sun has gone down. I would suggest packing some warm clothes for May as it does get very cold at night and on early morning and late afternoon game drives- sometimes the temperature gets down to single digits ( Celsius)! A beanie and a scarf will go a long way in keeping you toasty warm on game drives, as will a warm, wind-proof jacket. Layers are essential as it will be cold when you leave on your drives in the mornings, but things will heat up as the day goes on. We combat the cold by providing ponchos, blankets and hot water bottles on game drives, and hot water bottles in bed, as well as wood burning stoves in the tents to keep things cosy. Please check out the seasonal calendar on the African Bush Camps website for more information. If you need anything else, please let me know :) We are looking forward to having you as our guest soon! Until then, take care and best wishes, Jemma from African Bush Camps
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Hi there, The tents have multiple plug points for charging phones, cameras etc. However, I am not too sure about hairdryers. Somalisa is 100% solar powered so I am not too sure if the voltage is right for hairdryers.
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Hi Poliver319, Our morning game drives leave just after sunrise, usually at about 5:30 or 6am. You will be back in camp at about 11-11:30 for brunch. After that, you will have time to relax, perhaps take a little siesta before meeting for high tea at 3pm. You will leave on your afternoon drive after high-tea and be back in camp at about 6:30 or 7pm- just in time for cocktails and dinner! However, we are African Bush Camps are very flexible and want our guests to enjoy their time so you are free to plan your own time and schedule with your guide. I hope that helps! Thanks Jemma- African Bush Camps
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"Only experienced ours but I would imagine all are excellent!"
"all rooms were excellent. Somalisa camp is where we stayed and it was first class"
"Acacia camp is more private than main camp. Both have views of the watering holes."
"All rooms have excellent views of herds of elephants"
"this is a safari camp with luxury tents; all are well-located"
somalisa camp hotel hwange national park
ZimbabweMatabeleland North ProvinceHwange National Park
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