Located in the Somalisa concession within Hwange National Park, this small camp has just 12 beds in six spacious tents, raised on hardwood decks.
Tucked away subtly in a thicket of acacia trees, on an island that stands at the heart of an ancient river system, the location virtually guarantees encounters with African wildlife from the moment you step out of your tent. A waterhole just 100 metres from the large central mess tent, attracts elephants – family groups and individual males – throughout the day and night. Some of these even choose to drink from the camp’s tiny plunge pool, where you can sit – no more than a couple of metres away from these wild animals – on the deck beside the firepit.
Somalisa Camp is designed to have a low environmental impact, and provide a barefoot luxury experience with understated elegance. Although solar power conveniently provides lighting, water for bucket showers in the en suite outdoor bathrooms is heated on a boiler and brought on demand. The décor and furnishings are unabashedly old-fashioned, redolent of a bygone era, with lots of dark wood.
Activities include walks with an armed guide, vehicle safaris by day and night, as well as wildlife viewing from hides. All activities are led by qualified and passionate professional guides who are some of Zimbabwe's most experienced naturalists and will share their knowledge and love of the bush.
Access from Victoria Falls is by road to Main Camp (two hours), followed by a drive that takes upward of two hours, wildlife viewing on the way.
Its smaller sister camp Somalisa Acacia, offering five tents with capacity for ten guests, is located just 200 metres away, on the other side of a patch of woodland. Although both camps share the same kitchen, otherwise they operate entirely independently. Both camps remain open all year round.
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This journey takes in some of Africa’s finest wilderness: Kafue is one of Zambia’s best kept secrets and it is home to an incredibly diverse range of wildlife, and Hwange National Park in neighbouring Zimbabwe teems with impressive fauna and flora. The mesmerising Victoria Falls provide a suitable end to this stunning trip.
When to go: Jun-Oct
Duration inc. flights: 11 days
Price inc. flights: From £5,695 pp
Tailor-made trip idea
Enjoy game drives, walks and canoe safaris in Zimbabwe's two principal wildlife parks. Your first base is luxury tented camp in Hwange National Park, home to huge numbers of elephants, before experiencing a completely different perspective exploring the rivers and floodplains of Mana Pools.
When to go: Apr-Nov
Duration inc. flights: 12 days
Price inc. flights: From £5,425 pp
Tailor-made trip idea
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Bordering Botswana, Zimbabwe’s largest park is a haven for over 100 mammal and 400 bird species. Formerly occupied by San bushmen, it became a national park in 1928. The diverse landscapes of teak forests, sandveld, ilala palm islands, savannah and woodland offer a rewarding and interesting wildlife safari.
Where: Matabeleland North Province
Ideal for viewing: African wildcat, honey badger, leopard, sable, wild dog