Somalisa Acacia Camp is situated on the eastern side of Hwange National Park. Somalisa Camp is an authentic bush camp which consists of just six elegant canvas tents each of which lies hidden amongst a grove of camelthorn acacias (Acacia erioloba).
Somalisa is a small, well-appointed camp which has some interesting features and a lot of great game-viewing opportunities. A lot of thought has been put into the decoration and furnishing of the tents, which are cozy as well as functional, and the main area is comfortable and well-maintained. The emphasis at Somalisa is certainly on quality of experience and the staff are a young team who are friendly and willing
The tents at Somalisa are positioned in a horseshoe formation. All of the accommodation is solidly built with a rigid A-frame structure supporting a well-made canvas roof and walls, and large mesh windows all on low teak decking. At each end of the tent is a gauze-mesh wall which allows a breeze to flow through during the day and provides a secure boundary from the wildlife and the elements at night. All of the tents at Somalisa have their own open-air, en-suite bathroom with flushing toilet and large, bucket shower - this is filled with hot water on request and the chance to shower under the stars is an opportunity not to be missed! Hot water is provided in a separate flask each morning and at various points throughout the day for washing before breakfast and freshening up before meal times.
Guest tents are connected to the main lounge and dining area by wide elephant paths which are lit at night by paraffin lamps. Guests must be accompanied to and from their tents by a guide after dark. As one would expect, the lounge has plenty of comfortable chairs in which to relax and to reflect on the day's activities and sightings and there is also a small library with a selection of fact or fiction to choose from too. Food at Somalisa is of a good quality and dinner is often taken under the trees in front of camp. Each dish is served with a selection of local beers and spirits or your choice of South African wine.
Activities offered from Somalisa Camp include game drives and walking safaris in the surrounding area, especially around the Kennedy Vlei. These are supervised by knowledgeable and qualified 'Zim-pro' guides who are enthusiastic about the area's flora and fauna. The camp also has a raised platform away from the main camp which is used for sleep-outs, although on our last visit to Somalisa we didn't visit this.
(Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, Bulawayo, Matobo National Park)
You catch sight of a spotted hide moving quickly through the tall grasses. In an instant, the leopard emerges and you lock eyes with the magnificent cat before you. The gaze lasts for only 3… maybe 4 seconds, but you are forever changed.
(Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, Mana Pools, Bulawayo, Matobo National Park)
This itinerary features Victoria Falls, combing the best game viewing and cultural highlights of Zimbabwe. Enjoy hikes, game drives and more as you explore this amazing country on your own terms.
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