Somalisa Expeditions

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Overview

Somalisa Expeditions is nestled among a grove of acacia trees deep in Hwange National Park, within a private concession along the park’s game-rich Kennedy Vlei Line, an area that includes a ‘fossil river’ and the seasonal Somalisa Pans. The camp captures the feel of the original safari adventurers and the first tented camps of the early 20th century for a unique and authentic safari experience.

Hwange’s famously populous elephants meander past the camp at all hours of the day, drinking from a waterhole right in front of a raised deck where you are able to photograph and observe them in their natural habitat. Watch how the babies pick up speed the minute they scent the water, trotting along excitedly while the adults keep watch and bring up the rear (the adults also form a protective phalanx around the little ones as they drink, keeping them safe from lurking predators).

Somalisa Expeditions consists of six Meru-style tents, each built on a wooden platform with en suite bathrooms and exceptional views of the Zimbabwean bush from their private verandas. Various activities are offered, including guided hikes, pre-arranged village visits in a private vehicle and dawn-and-dusk game drives for sightings of elephant, lion, giraffe, leopard, hyena and many more.

Highlights

  • A truly authentic safari experience
  • Very comfortable Meru-style tents with en suite bathrooms
  • Regular elephant activity around the camp's waterhole
  • Guided walks in a private concession
  • Superb game viewing on game drives in Hwange

Activities

  • Bird watching
  • Cultural tours
  • Game drives
  • Horse riding
Arriving at Somalisa will feel like you've come home. You'll be graciously hosted by friendly and welcoming staff and some of Africa's best rangers. Truly a memorable and enlightening experience to be had here.
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Rooms

Standard Safari Tent

Spacious and tastefully furnished in contemporary African art and craft, each of the six Meru-style tents also has a large en suite bathroom made of wood with an outdoor shower and flushing toilet. The canvas roof and wooden walls around the bathroom ensures total privacy as you shower to the peaceful sounds of the wilderness all around you.

Facilities

The large main tented area at Somalisa Expeditions has both solar and generator power, with battery-charging facilities for all your devices. The comfortable lounge area features a cosy fireplace and a bar that walks out into the camp's boma. The pièce de résistance of the boma is the raised wooden deck that is built right in front of a waterhole (also known as 'the elephant bar') – a fantastic spot where you can sit back in a sun lounger and just observe herds of elephant come to slake their thirst.

Dining

Homestyle bush meals are a speciality at Somalisa Expeditions. Dinners are usually enjoyed in a communal dining area around a beautiful hardwood table, while breakfasts are served around a crackling campfire in the middle of the boma surrounded by nature. Snacks and drinks are also served en route while game driving, especially the ever-popular sundowners at a scenic spot.

General facilities

  • Secure parking

Amenities

  • Bucket shower
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Fan
  • Fireplace
  • Mosquito net
  • Outdoor shower

Why travel with us

  • Independent experts since 1998
  • Our best price promise
  • Full service, flights included
  • Complete financial protection
  • 24/7 on-safari support
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