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This small camp has just 12 beds in six spacious tents, raised on hardwood decks. It is located in the Somalisa concession within Hwange National Park.

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 some 100 metres from the large central mess tent, which houses the dining room, lounge and bar, 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.

The camp is designed to have a low environmental impact, and provide a barefoot luxury experience with understated elegance. The décor and furnishings are unabashedly old-fashioned, redolent of a bygone era, with lots of dark wood. 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.  

Activities include walks with an armed guide, game drives by day and night, as well as game 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 (2 hours), followed by a game drive that takes upward of two hours.

A smaller (five tents with capacity for ten guests) sister camp, Somalisa Acacia, is located just a couple of hundred metres distant, on the other side of the patch of woodland. Although both camps share the same kitchen, otherwise they operate entirely independently. Acacia has solar-heated hot water. Both camps remain open all year round.

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This accommodation is featured in the following itineraries:

Scenic Wonders of Kafue & Hwange

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
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Wild Zimbabwe

Enjoy game drives, walks and canoe safaris in Zimbabwe's two principal wildlife assets. 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 river and floodplains of Mana Pools.

  • When to go: Jun-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,495 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Hwange National Park

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 safari.

  • Where: Matabeleland North Province
  • Ideal for viewing: African wildcat, honey badger, leopard, sable, wild dog
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris