Somalisa consists of six large tents all spaced out in a horseshoe formation, with bush between each. Far from the boy-scout image of a ‘tent’, these are solidly built on low teak decking, with a rigid A-frame structure supporting a well-made canvas roof and walls, and large mesh windows. At each end of the tent is a gauze-mesh wall which allows a through breeze and provides at least something of a boundary from wildlife and the elements at night. These ends can be closed completely by canvas flaps, if required. Two of the tents have double beds while the others offer twins. Dark teak furniture, including a writing desk and varnished floors, lend a solid and also timeless atmosphere. The kikoi provided for each guest provides a comfortable garment for the heat of the day.
All of the tents have their own open-air, en-suite bathroom with flush toilet and a large bucket shower, which is filled with hot water on request; the chance to shower under the stars is not to be missed!
Dining at Somalisa is a communal affair, although those wishing for a private dining experience need only ask. The dining table is sheltered under the canvas roof of the main area and, while technically ‘indoors’, has open views all the way down to the pan and beyond.
Situated on the eastern side of Hwange National Park, Somalisa Camp is a small, authentic bushcamp which lies amongst a grove of camelthorn acacias. An ancient, dried-up watercourse known as the Sumamalisa Vlei stretches across the face of the camp and provides a great place to view the large herds of elephant for which Hwange National Park has become famous.
Activities include guided walks lead by qualified and passionate guides who will share their knowledge and love of the bush with you, game drives and night drives. Wildlife sightings include elephant, kudu, sable antelope, zebra, wildebeest, gemsbok, the rare and endangered roan antelope, buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, hyena, and many other wildlife species.
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