Somalisa Camp

Hwange N.P., Zimbabwe


Our Rating

Trip Advisor

Room Type

4 Double Tents, 2 Twin Tents

Child Policy

Children Ages 7+. Some activities are age-restricted.


Pool and lounge


Bush Walks, Game Drives


About This Accommodation

Somalisa Camp is an authentic, classic bush camp in Hwange National Park in the Kennedy Vlei. The 7 beautiful tents flawlessly blend understated elegance with African influences. Each tent has an en-suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers, copper slipper-style bathtub and flush toilets. The main area with its lounge, dining area, and wooden deck with fire pit and plunge pool all look out onto the plains. During the dry months from April to October, it’s not unlikely to see herds of up to 40 elephants roaming the camp and drinking from the pool, sometimes while you’re swimming in it, which we love (though their trunks don't get quite as close to you as they can at the neighboring Somalisa Acacia)! Because of the free-roaming elephants, we don’t love this camp for families with young children but it’s perfect for couples or friends traveling together. The staff here is friendly and attentive and the food is excellent.

Somalisa Camp and its sister camp, Somalisa Acacia, emphasize great wildlife experiences. Their expert guides take you on game drives and bush walks in Hwange National Park or on their private concession. Or you can simply view the resident elephants from your room! The one downside to its location is that Hwange can get VERY cold in their winter months, particularly at night, so you’ll need to dress accordingly. Overall, we love Somalisa Camp and would send guests here in a heartbeat.

Featured Activities in Somalisa Camp

Videos from Somalisa Camp

  • Somalisa Camp, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
  • Somalisa in the Green Season, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
  • African Bush Camps Features on Top Billing
  • If you are in search of unique wildlife encounters, thirst for adventure and want a Safari rich with African wildlife and culture, then you have found the ideal safari partner. African Bush Camps offers you a variety of exclusive safari camps to fit today’s modern traveller. Whether it be on the mighty Zambezi River, in the Okavango Delta or soaring over the Linyanti Marsh, we invite you to join us for an incredible and memorable journey.
  • A unique experience of Elephants at Somalisa Camp in Hwange National Park Zimbabwe. The Elephants frequenting this area of the park have habituated to drinking daily from the freshly pumped water in the plunge pool in front of Somalisa Camp.
  • The Adams Family have visited Somalisa Camp eight times! The make a point of showing friends and family that visit from abroad the 'Somalisa Experience'. Every season presents a pretty amazing, different experience with the animals, the nature and the colours - Brad Adams, Father.
  • Cecil the Lion resided on the concession at Somalisa Camp, Hwange National Park. This video footage was taken in January 2015, before his tragic passing in July. May his roar live on in our memories forever and be a catalyst for positive change to assist in protecting his kind into the future. To assist in our endeavours to protect all lions in and around Hwange National Park, please kindly support the Lion Conservation & Wildlife Fund (
  • Guests on a game drive with African Bush Camps - Authentic Safaris were treated with a sighting of Cecil's cubs who are alive and well with the females of the pride.
  • We are delighted to share with all our friends, colleagues and supporters, the highlights from the recent Official Somalisa Re-Opening Ceremony which took place in Hwange National Park on 8th January 2015. We were privileged to share the experience with a number of delegates and VIPs including the Honorable Minister of Tourism, Dr Walter Mzembi and his wife, who officially opened the camps and have labelled Somalisa as “Home”.

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What Our Clients Think

Somalisa is extraordinary. It felt very luxurious in the middle of nowhere. The "tents" were stunning with great amenities and fantastic service. They did such a wonderful job there and really took care of us. The guide Albert who led us was a super professional. We learned a ton and got to see a lot. They have a remarkable setup to bring elephants (and supposedly other wildlife) right to the front of the lodge. On top of that, the meals were excellent. There are so many other places in the world we want to visit, but this is one we would return to and had a hard time leaving."

Somalisa was an extraordinary place and each day there was a highlight."

Somalisa Camp was STUNNING, really friendly staff, great food, AMAZING water hole!! The best guide and the best staff."

Somalisa camp was STUNNING, really friendly staff, great food, AMAZING water hole!! There was the best game there."

Everything about Somalisa Camp was stunning and the staff was wonderful!"

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