Accommodation rating: Superior
Somalisa Camp is a small intimate tented camp tucked under the canopy of an acacia tree island in the eastern sector of Hwange National Park. The camp overlooks the seasonal Sumamalishe floodplains and the famous Kennedy Vlei line, an ancient watercourse that made its name from the spectacular elephant, buffalo and zebra herds that pass through in search of water.
Six A-frame canvas tents are positioned in a horseshoe formation to take advantage of the camp's active waterhole. Inside, the tents create an ambience of a bygone era; there are varnished wooden floors, dark teak furniture and a writing desk, while the outside bathroom features a flush lavatory and bucket shower. Electricity at the camp is solar powered and, at night, lighting is provided by paraffin lamps in the main areas and battery powered lamps inside the tents.
All rooms are connected to the main area by well-trodden elephant paths and guests are accompanied to their tents after dark to avoid unexpected encounters with passing wildlife. There is a dining area, small library and viewing platform looking out over the pan and plenty of comfortable seating. The gourmet cuisine is internationally inspired and is served alfresco with a selection of South African and Australian wines. The adjacent swimming pool at Somalisa is of some renown and is now not used for its intended purpose. Rather, it seems to have been hijacked as an additional watering hole for the elephants whose relaxed approach to humans makes for some memorable close up viewing.
Activities included at Somalisa Camp include day and night drives, guided walks and a waterhole hide.
Please call 020 3813 2966 for more information or to make a booking.