Tucked away on an Acacia Island along the edge of an ancient seasonal floodplain, Somalisa Tented Camp offers gorgeous views and authentic bush elegance. Far from the madding crowd, the camp is built on a split-level wooden deck overlooking the famous Kennedy vlei line. Remote and romantic, there are only seven customised tents, each with a private viewing deck, luxurious en suite bathroom and a lounge area with a glass wood-burning fireplace for chilly nights. 

Somalisa Tented Camp is the perfect place to take in the beauty of Hwange National Park, and to find inspiration and rejuvenation in the heart of the African wilderness. Built around an elephant drinking hole, the camp is visited frequently by these gentle giants as well as other wildlife, offering an ‘armchair’ safari experience for those who happen to be in the camp’s pool or relaxing on the deck overlooking the watering hole. Somalisa is a leading eco-friendly lodge, and the timeless elegance of this classic safari lodge is complemented with sustainable features that include solar-powered ender and a water recycling plant.

Big game safaris in Hwange include 4x4 drives, guided walks, birding, game viewing from secret hides, night drives and cultural tours. Charter road and air transfers to and from Victoria Falls can be arranged upon request.


  • 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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Somalisa Tented Camp’s main relaxation area opens out onto wooden decks that frame scenic views and an inviting swimming pool. There is a small library as well as a bar area, and although the camp is fully solar-powered, batteries can be recharged in the main reception area. 

General Facilities

    Swimming Pool
    Laundry service


After a day of guided bush walks and game viewing in Hwange, arrive back at camp for a magical dining experience under the stars. Under the light of an open fire and flickering safari lanterns you will be treated to fine cuisine and superb wines from South Africa and around the world. The first meal of the day is a large brunch served after an early morning activities, followed by a decadent high tea in the afternoon and later, sundowners with snacks usually served while out on the afternoon or evening game drive. 

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 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
  • 01 Jan 2018 - 31 Mar 2018 $495 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Apr 2018 - 30 Jun 2018 $550 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Jul 2018 - 31 Oct 2018 $820 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Nov 2018 - 30 Nov 2018 $550 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Dec 2018 - 31 Dec 2018 $495 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

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

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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Liesel van Zyl

Liesel van Zyl

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"A small, intimate camp with a relaxed, homely atmosphere. The guiding in Hwange is some of the best in Africa. We enjoyed seeing lion from our game drive, young cheetah trying to make a kill from our safari walk and large herds of elephant right from the deck. I especially love that every stay here automatically contributes to uplifting the local communities."



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