Somalisa Camp

A beautifully decorated camp

Huge copper bath tubs looking out over the bush

Set in a spot particularly popular with elephants

Facilities at Somalisa Camp

Game Drives
Swimming Pool

When to go to Somalisa Camp


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Recently redone Somalisa Camp can be held up as an example to all other safari camps. It is beautifully decorated throughout, with a wonderful and unique sense of style that gives the camp real character.

There are seven sail tented suites, with gauze sliding doors to let the breeze in on hot days and wood burning stones to keep the rooms nice and cosy during the colder months. The en-suite bathrooms each contact huge roll-top copper bathtubs, as well as indoor and outdoor showers.

The main part of camp consists of a spacious lounge area, separate dining area, expansive deck with outdoor dining tables, and a lower level deck with sunloungers and a small swimming pool. On an even lower deck are a row of directors chairs which face the old plunge pool, now left to the elephants as it has become one of their favourite drinking spots. Between this ‘elephant pool’ and the watering hole in front of the camp, guests can be assured of plenty of these giant visitors coming to camp during their stay so if you are an elephant lover this is without a doubt the camp for you.

Somalisa Camp is set in the heart of Hwange National Park, in an area famed for it’s huge elephant herds. Easily accessible from Victoria Falls, the camp can be reached by a short flight or by car. Somalisa is set on an acacia island, on the edge of what used to be a flood plain many years ago. The camp has wonderful views across the watering hole in front of it, to the plains beyond.

The number of elephants that visit Somalisa is quite astounding and the photographic opportunities are immense. The camp and tents are all beautifully decorated, and have much more character than any other camp in Hwange in our opinion. It is worth noting that they have varying views of the watering hole, so request one as close as possible to the main area on booking if you want to have the best wildlife viewing all day long.

Somalisa Camp can be reached by road or air. The drive from Victoria Falls takes approximately 3-4 hours. Alternatively guests can fly by charter flight to Manga airstrip which is about a 30 minute game drive from the camp. 

Somalisa Camp is open all year round and children over the age of 7 are welcome. Walking activities however are restricted to those over the age of 16. 

Somalisa Camp is fully inclusive. Rates include: accommodation, all meals, beverages (excluding premium imported spirits and champagne), laundry, emergency medical evacuation insurance, National Parks Fees. 

Game drives
Walking safaris
Bird watching
Cultural tours to local villages
Evening game drives