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Somalisa Camp Zimbabwe
Somalisa Camp Zimbabwe front deck area at sunset

Somalisa Camp Zimbabwe is an exceptional camp in a prime central/west location in Hwange National Park. Hwange is Zimbabwe’s largest (almost the size of Belgium) and most popular park. It is known for its prolific elephant population, offering guests an authentic view of diverse savannah safari Africa. Hwange is a land of contrasts, from dense teak and acacia forest to vast open savannah.

Sitting in a private concession under the shade of an Acacia grove overlooking the edge of an ancient seasonal floodplain. It was the first camp by this operator and one of the park’s first lodges; as such, it has a fantastic, ‘pride of place’ location. In 2015 the original quite rustic bush camp, was completely rebuilt, changing its style to a luxurious yet comfortable safari-chic camp – which fits with its magnificent position.

Somalisa has a sister camp, Somalisa Acacia next to it – exactly the same, but with more of a focus on families, here family friendly specialist guides will entertain your little ones leaving you to relax or spend time with them – just as you wish – which is a fantastic family friendly addition.

Somalisa Camp Zimbabwe Accommodation

The main camp area features a bar and an expansive deck offering beautiful views over a water hole and the savannah plains of Hwange. Near the edge of the deck is the old plunge pool which has generously been handed over to our ellie friends as a drinking pool, as the elephants were relentless in using it! This is a brilliant addition to the watering hole, as both of which are frequently visited by elephant families, and the elephant pool brings the ellies right next to camp - a real highlight at this great camp.  

You may well be sipping on your cold drink listening to the (not so) distant low roar of lions. gazing at a congregation of elephants, meters away, peacefully drinking and sharing the moment with you.

The camp is luxurious but it also comfortable, homey yet elegant. Comfortable, as each of the seven sailcloth tents has a wooden front door (no need to fight with flaps!), gauze-covered sliding doors, wood floors, a wood-burning fireplace for the chilly evenings, a fan for the hot days, and a huge private viewing deck complete with sofa, table/chairs and a hammock. The fabulous en-suite bathrooms of each tent have a flushing loo (of course!), an indoor and an outdoor shower, and a copper slipper-style bathtub with beautiful views across the vast plains beyond.

Somalisa Camp Zimbabwe sundowner drinks in Hwange National Park
Somalisa Camp Zimbabwe guest tent suite and bed view
Somalisa Camp Zimbabwe bath in guest suite
Somalisa Camp Zimbabwe dining area with table and chairs set up for lunch
Somalisa Camp Zimbabwe view from Hwange National Park

The camp has wooden walkways, several fire pits, and a small/plunge swimming pool. Elegant, as Somalisa showcases the natural beauty of Africa with wood and organic features of the bush, including kudhinda fabrics, which are 100% grown and made in Zimbabwe. Somalisa Camp Zimbabwe pairs contemporary decor with an authentic African style simply and luxuriously done.

Somalisa also leads the way in eco-friendly safari accommodation, being awarded the first GOLD Green Tourism Certification in Zimbabwe; for example, the old bush camp tents canvas was used in the new sister camp Somalisa Expeditions. Somalisa has twice won the “Zimbabwe’s Leading Tented Safari Camp” at the World Travel Awards in 2019 & 2020.

Hwange is a legendary park, and in Somalisa camp, you can experience the best of it in style, with a variety of pursuits all guided by Zim Pro guides, the best and most passionate guides in Africa. Activities at this well run and friendly camp include walking safaris, game drives, birding, and cultural visits.

Somalisa pairs well with Victoria Falls River Lodge, Ruckomechi or Chikwenya in Mana Pools or Bumi Hills. Contact Safari Guru to find get more information or our full review on Somalisa and find out about Somalisa Camp Rates, and about other similar camps in Zimbabwe.

Somalisa Camp Zimbabwe

Property Details

Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
7 Stylish Tents
Guest Room Facilities
Fan, Bath, Outside Shower, Tea / Cofee, Fireplace
Camp Facilities
Pool, Bar, Battery Charging
Family Policy
All Ages
Safari, Walking Safari, Bird Watching, Night Drives, High Tea
Available Services
Credit Card, Laundry Service (Complimentary)
Guided Safaris, All Meals and Drinks (excluding French Champagne), Laundry
Not Included
Curio Purchases, Gratuities, Cultural Tours
Why Somalisa Camp?
Outstanding Game Viewing, Stylish Camp, Child-Friendly

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