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Reviewed 20 September 2019

I still remember the exciting cold morning game drives, the magnificent sunsets, the phenomenal spirit of the staff and, of course, the animals. Four of us stayed here about 10 days ago as part of a longer safari that included a few other ABC lodges as well. We loved them all but the spirit and friendliness at Somalisa cannot be beat. Elephants (and buffalo and antelope and others) would often graze at the waterhole right next to the deck....you can just sit there and have an armchair safari and take photo after photo after photo. They were so close! Guide Calvet, who even took us for a walking safari which was just fascinating, and hostess Pindhee were terrific...definitely want to return!.

Date of stay: September 2019
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Gemma H, Public Relations Manager at Somalisa Camp and Somalisa Acacia - African Bush Camps, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2019

What a delight to share this wonderful experience with you, thank you for joining us on safari. Our team will be thrilled to receive such wonderful feedback.

Thank you for the kind acknowledgement of our team and all the wonderful work they do. We would love to see some of your photos. All the best until we meet again.

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Reviewed 16 September 2019 via mobile

The hospitality of African Bush Camps is second to none. We had the most incredible trip staying at both the new camp, Nyamatusi Mahogany in Mana Pools National Park and Somalisa in Hwange National Park. At Somalisa, the camp was exquisite. We could not believe how beautiful the tents were and the main lodge area. Albert was our guide and we enjoyed every minute with him. He indulged our endless questions with a great sense of humor and had fantastic stories and insights to share, along with a truly incredible understanding of nature, history and the geopolitics. We loved our host, Sydney, who was so sweet and very fun, along with the rest of the staff, who made us feel at home. We had fantastic meals, and we especially enjoyed the “make your own pizza” using the pizza oven and the traditional African food night. Somalisa is in a great location, and we were able to see so many animals, including lions, buffalo and elephants, from the comfort of our tent and the main camp in Somalisa! I would encourage EVERYONE to visit Zimbabwe and stay with ABC!

Date of stay: July 2019
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Gemma H, Public Relations Manager at Somalisa Camp and Somalisa Acacia - African Bush Camps, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2019

We are so proud to have been a part of your trip of a lifetime! Thank you for taking the time to write this fantastic review it is wonderful to read.

Isn't it so great making your own pizza in the middle of the beautiful African wilderness?

Wonderful to hear you enjoyed both our African Bush Camps properties and we do hope to welcome you back in the near future.

All the best until then.

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Reviewed 11 September 2019

What an amazing experience we had on our first visit to Zimbabwe! Our stay at Somalisa Camp was beyond our greatest expectations! The entire staff was so warm, friendly, courteous, and helpful with all our questions and requests! Our guide, Bee, was wonderful - so knowledgeable and patient ! He made sure we were able to see such a variety of wildlife and beautiful scenery ! The sunsets were absolutely breathtaking!
Every meal served was five star - so delicious! Not to mention the beautiful setting for all our meals!
All the staff made us feel as if we were part of the family - such dear new friends we made there with them all! We hope to return to this beautiful area again soon, and bring our children and grandchildren to experience this amazing land of beautiful people and wildlife!
From our home in Louisiana, USA , to your home there at Somalisa, we thank you for such a memorable trip!
Highly recommend visiting Somalisa Camp for an amazing adventure that you will never forget!

Room tip: The tents are all wonderful - very comfortable with all the necessities!
Date of stay: August 2019
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Gemma H, Public Relations Manager at Somalisa Camp and Somalisa Acacia - African Bush Camps, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2019

A trip of a lifetime! I am thrilled we were able to be a part of. Please do come back with the full family we will be here to welcome you as friends. There is nothing quite like the beauty, wildlife and people of Africa.


Thank you for your kind acknowledgement of our wonderful team I will be sure to share this with them. Across the oceans and over the seas we do hope to welcome you back in the near future.

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Reviewed 10 September 2019

Wow. I knew I wanted to go to Somalisa Camp after seeing pictures of people lounging very close to them at a watering hole. Even though I knew beforehand that this was a possibility, I didn't grasp how incredibly powerful this experience would be. To watch wave after wave of families of elephants, cresting the hill and waiting their turn to come to drink seemed like a very well choreographed disney movie! But it happened day after day and never got old. To watch a baby elephant try to drink out of it's mother's mouth right in front of me was jaw droppingly beautiful. And then to watch the fun as they squished through the mud, flinging it everywhere and covering their bodies before then flinging sand on top was mesmerizing. I would go here again in a heartbeat just for that experience, but Somalisa has so much more! Sydney the manager was wonderful... attentive to all our needs and very helpful. Our guide Bee was amazing. He seemed to find any animal we were interested in and gave me an appreciation of birds that I never had before. We saw wild dogs, lion cubs, buffalo, and leopards...amazing!
The whole staff was great...it really felt like family there. We also met great people in our jeep and around the communal dining table. We miss Megan and Michael and Alice and Gary...what great jeep companions. It was our first camp in Africa and made a wonderful lasting impression. I'd love to come back some day! Well done Somalisa!

Date of stay: August 2019
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Gemma H, Public Relations Manager at Somalisa Camp and Somalisa Acacia - African Bush Camps, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2019

This is fabulous to read, I feel like I am right there with you enjoying the Ellie antics! They are so beautiful to watch. What a wonderful first-time experience, thank you for sharing it with us!

We do hope to welcome you back in the near future, thanks again for taking the time to leave this lovely review. All the best until then.

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Reviewed 6 September 2019 via mobile

Don’t hesitate. Pack your bags, get your camera ready and be prepared for an experience you will never forget. Firstly, the staff were all excellent, our guide Calvert knowledgeable and patient with us ‘first timers’ and everyone else above and beyond. Made it fun for us. Party of four and celebrated our wedding anniversary (41 years) in style. Many thanks to all.

Date of stay: September 2019
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Gemma H, Public Relations Manager at Somalisa Camp and Somalisa Acacia - African Bush Camps, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2019

41 years, congratulations how wonderful to hear. Thank you for sharing it with us. I am thrilled you had a lovely stay and I do hope we will be able to welcome you back as second timers in the near future.

Until then, stay well.

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