Set in the heart of Hwange National Park in northern Zimbabwe, Somalisa Camp is a truly exceptional and romantic tented camp enjoying daily visits from elephants coming to drink from Somalisa's waterhole, one of few permanent sources of fresh water in the area. This camp blends old school charm with wonderfully warm service, generous and delicious home cooking, and all the comforts you want in a setting as peaceful as these savannah plains and their acacia islands.

Experience the natural beauty and abundant wildlife of the Kennedy Vlei line on thrilling game drives and guided bush walks with inspiring guides. Majestic kudu, sable and rare roan antelope are regularly seen, as are lion, hyena and white rhino, but undoubtedly, the highlight of your stay will be sitting quietly on the deck just across the pool from a herd of elephant as they and their babies quench their thirst! Somalisa Camp offers a truly memorable setting to discover Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park.

Somalisa is the setting for two intimate tented camps - Somalisa Camp and Somalisa Acacia. Other than when you first arrive or if you stroll around the site, you are not aware of the other camp. The camps face in opposite directions and each one overlooks its own waterhole. Both are very intimate, Somalisa has just seven suites while Acacia has four, including family-friendly suites. Essentially, having two luxury tented camps on one site means that small groups and families can enjoy the privacy of Acacia while other guests remain undisturbed at Somalisa Camp.


  • Set in the heart of Hwange
  • Walking safaris & night drives in private concession
  • Popular waterhole & multiple viewing decks
  • Copper bathtubs & log fireplaces in each suite
  • Airstrip for flights from Victoria Falls
  • Good bird watching & excellent game viewing

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The relaxation area is serviced by friendly staff and offers a refreshing plunge pool, comfortable chairs and a sheltered lounge to retreat to between game viewing activities. Meals are served in the boma area or on the deck - both overlook the busy waterhole. 

You are likely to encounter Hwange's elephants as you relax on the deck - they are particularly fond of the fresh, clean water that spills over from the plunge pool into the 'elephant pond'.

General Facilities

    Swimming Pool
    Laundry service


The dining area and bar look out over the plunge pool to the waterhole beyond, allowing for a passing parade of game, predators and birdlife while you dine. Expect all the safari classics like a mid-morning coffee break and afternoon sundowners on your twice-daily game drives, plus breakfast, brunch, high tea and dinner.

Luxury Tent

Somalisa Camp has just seven elegantly furnished tents, all with en suite bathrooms. There are two double bed suites and four with twin beds. You may find it hard to choose between relaxing in the hammock on your private deck or unwinding in the grand bathtub with its lovely views over the savannah. The bathroom is wonderful - one generous shower is set indoors, the other offers a refreshing vista from a sheltered section of the deck outdoors. There are flush toilets, complimentary toiletries and wonderful dressing gowns - the coolest cotton kimonos in summer and thick towelling gowns for winter. There are no guest plug points in the rooms but there is a central charging station in the main lounge and bar area.

The decor evokes the classic safari era, featuring beautiful finishes and the finest bed linen and soft furnishings.


    Outdoor shower
    En-suite bath and shower


  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Night drives
  • Guided walking safaris
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Dec 2016 - 31 Dec 2016 $420 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017 $420 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017 $480 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Jul 2017 - 31 Oct 2017 $685 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Nov 2017 - 30 Nov 2017 $480 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $420 Fully Inclusive Plus

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

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Traveller Reviews

  • We had the most wonderful time at Somalisa!! The closeness of the elephants was something we never imagine could happen. The service and the food was amazing. Our guide Ray was very nice and knowledgeable. Thanks for a great experience.

    Johanna Schutt, August 2013
  • Somalisa Camp was a magical place and our guides were excellent.

    Chris Waters, July 2013
  • The contrast at Somalisa was great, once we got used to there not being any running water. We saw loads of animals – we didn’t like having to share a vehicle with other people though. The hospitality at both camps was excellent. We were always picked up on time, the flights were very good, the staff everywhere saw to our every need. We really couldn’t have asked for more.

    Fiona Bourne, May 2013

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"Lovely, remote and true safari experience, you really feel you are away from it all. A true winner."



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