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Somalisa Expeditions- African Bush Camps

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Somalisa Expeditions is set in the heart of Hwange National Park, and is known as the land of the giants for its big elephant herds. As an exact replica of the original Somalisa Camp, Somalisa Expeditions offers one of the most authentic ways to experience this exceptional wildlife haven.
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stefan s wrote a review Dec 2021
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If I would have to name a camp as a model how a safari camp in the bush should be than this would be the perfect example: only six tents at good distance from each other, very good bedding. A veranda to sit and watch the elephants pass by. Tasteful decoration, in no way African kitsch but chosen with understatement and taste. High quality sanitairy products. A beautiful boma with comfortable seating furniture and good books. Sunbeds in front of a waterhole. Now the most important thing: incredible guides and incredible food. And if say incredible food I mean it. This was by far the best cooking I had on a 14 days Zimbabwe trip, and even the best food I can ever remember on any safari. Mindblowing. The guiding also was excellent allthough I must say that the concession often felt quite empty and there were long drives needed sometimes. But the experience of masses of thirsty elephants at the waterholes was more than a compensation for the long empty stretches. We also saw plenty of lions, sable, roan, oryx. No leopard, cheetah or wild dogs. What I really loved about this camp that they present their employees in a very nice way. This is not one of the "white" camps where you can still feel the apartheid past lingering. I emphasize this as I was quite shocked in some other camps run by white Zimbabweans who treat their employees in a different way. No this is friendly and heartwarming and non-discriminating camp, it seems. 100 % recommended allthough be warned: even in October it can be not only chilly but cold in Hwange. So take a very warm sweater even if you are coming in the hottest months. I cannot imagine how cold it must be in June/July here...
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Cindy-Milford wrote a review Sep 2021
Cincinnati, Ohio795 contributions235 helpful votes
So my husband and I travel to southern Africa as frequently as possible and have stayed at Somalisa in the past a few times and we absolutely love it it is a luxury tented camp. But this time we chose to stay at a more "traditional style" safari camp as we were bring 3 others along with us and wanted to them to experience a classic style safari. We absoltuely loved this place so much!!!!! The tents are impeccable with all the comforts you can need. But not "over the top" as some luxury camps can be these days. We stayed in the family tent off the main gathering area - because we brought my niece along for her first safari experience, and were not sure how she would react to the environment. This tent (there are 2 next to each other) is actually on an elevated walkway off the main gathering area - this is ideal for families traveling together. The ambiance of the camp is wonderful, very traditional safari style the tents have comfortable beds and fine linens plenty of space to "spread out" This camp is just around the corner from Somalisa and lacks the waterhole that camp has in front of the tents from which you can sit and watch the elephants and other animals all day long, but all the same abundant and rich game is there, even elephants in camp at times.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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C A wrote a review Apr 2021
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I had the opportunity to spend 3 nights at Somalisa Expeditions in Hwange and my stay was superb. The staff was extremely attentive and catered to my every need. The accommodations were comfortable and the lodge was tastefully decorated throughout. Of special interest was an open drinking trough for elephants to use, which they did with regularity. The guiding was excellent, resulting in awesome wildlife encounters. Cannot say enough about how much I enjoyed my stay. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Ari W wrote a review Jan 2020
Melbourne, Australia6 contributions2 helpful votes
As soon as we arrived, lodge manager Taffy greeted us and said we treat all our guests as family and this is exactly how we were treated. The Safari and game viewing were outstanding. Ranger Dave knows the land inside out and is a wealth of information about the animals and their behaviours resulting in constant sightings. We were fortunate to see a pack of wild dogs on the hunt for dinner which was gruesome but amazing to see nature in it's rawest form. Back at the lodge, all of the staff continued to treat us as family. They love to chat, will help with anything and plenty of stories shared around the Bush TV (camp fire). The rooms are big and complete with all the luxury comforts. On a few occasions we had 10+ Elephants literally outside our room. The rooms did get quite hot during the afternoon sun but this was manageable with the fan that is provided. The eating safari was again 10/10, great variety and everything tasted incredible. You'd be challenged to leave hungry! Taffy, Dave and the teams made our experience one that we will never ever forget. We'd be back here in a heartbeat.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from tradeABC, Public Relations Manager at Somalisa Expeditions- African Bush Camps
Responded 27 Jan 2020
Good Day Ari, Thank you for taking the time to share this lovely review it is a delight to read. I will be sure to share it with our entire team. All the best until we meet again With Regards, The African Bush Camps Team
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Michelle K wrote a review Dec 2019
Hervey Bay, Australia21 contributions4 helpful votes
Our stay in October was just amazing. Not knowing what to expect created an unbelievable experience. The place, the staff and the environment excelled. I cannot speak any higher of the service we received from the staff. From boarding the small plane, to arriving at the runway with elephants, to the staff who greeted us. Our driver Michael was great fun and keen to ensure we received an education whilst in his care. His dedication in locating the animals we wished to see was tireless, but the elusive Hyena was outside our viewing grasp…. We think a ploy for us to return!! The staff back at the camp – Phindy, Shadow and team were exceptional (sincere apologies if spelling is incorrect). Your patience, customer service and interaction with your guests was memorable and my on regret is not getting to know you all better. Shadow… I miss your wine reviews very much. The accommodation was unbelievable. The cabins are beautiful, well designed creating a unique private experience. Lying in bed to hear the animals visit the waterhole 24/7 was just incredible and an experience all should have. Though the Baboons breaking into our room whilst we are in it was its own special memory! The food we were served was exceptionally and we did not expect to receive such quality and variety in the remote location. Thank you for the experience and dearly hope to visit again in the future.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from tradeABC, Public Relations Manager at Somalisa Expeditions- African Bush Camps
Responded 27 Jan 2020
Good Day We are so privileged to host guests as caring as yourselves. Thank you for the kind words and generous donation, it truly makes a difference. I am thrilled you had such a wonderful time, I will be sure to share these wonderful accolades with the entire African Bush Camps team. We hope to welcome you back in the near future until then stay well.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Somalisa Expeditions- African Bush Camps
What are some of the property amenities at Somalisa Expeditions- African Bush Camps?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Somalisa Expeditions- African Bush Camps?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Somalisa Expeditions- African Bush Camps?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Somalisa Expeditions- African Bush Camps have airport transportation?
Yes, Somalisa Expeditions- African Bush Camps offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.