Overview of Somalisa Camp

Tucked away on an Acacia Island along the edge of an ancient seasonal floodplain, the award-winning 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 energy and a water recycling plant.

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


Competitive rates for unforgettable experiences
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Date Board Price
01/01/2024 - 31/03/2024 Fully Inclusive Plus (All Meals, Selected Beverages, Selected Extras) $590
01/04/2024 - 31/05/2024 Fully Inclusive Plus (All Meals, Selected Beverages, Selected Extras) $750
01/06/2024 - 31/10/2024 Fully Inclusive Plus (All Meals, Selected Beverages, Selected Extras) $1,245
01/11/2024 - 30/11/2024 Fully Inclusive Plus (All Meals, Selected Beverages, Selected Extras) $750
01/12/2024 - 31/12/2024 Fully Inclusive Plus (All Meals, Selected Beverages, Selected Extras) $590

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Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Set in the heart of Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park
  • Walking safaris and night drives in private concession
  • Popular waterhole and multiple viewing decks
  • Copper bathtubs and log-burning fireplaces in each suite
  • Airstrip for flights from Victoria Falls and the rest of Zimbabwe
  • Good bird watching and excellent game viewing
Game drives

Game drives

Guided walking safaris

Guided walking safaris

Guided walks

Guided walks

Horse riding

Horse riding

Night drives

Night drives

Rooms at Somalisa Camp

Unwind and relax, in your own private luxury
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    Standard Tent

    Somalisa Camp has just seven elegantly furnished tents, all with en suite bathrooms and decor that gives a nod to the classic safari era, featuring beautiful finishes and the finest bed linen and soft furnishings. 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. In winter, snuggle up in front of the wood-burning fireplace.

    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.

    All suites have charging stations that include USB points for your devices.

    General Facilities

    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.

    Between game drives, browse the safari shop for gifts to remind you of Africa.



    Laundry service

    Laundry service



    Swimming pool

    Swimming pool


    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 light brunch served before early morning activities, followed by an early lunch with a decadent high tea in the afternoon and later, sundowners with snacks usually served while out on the afternoon or evening game drive.

    Expert Opinion

    We know because we go
    Ramona Cilliers

    Ramona Cilliers

    Africa Safari Expert

    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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    Traveller Reviews

    • JS

      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
    • CW

      Somalisa Camp was a magical place and our guides were excellent.

      Chris Waters
    • FB

      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