Somalisa Acacia Camp
Somalisa Acacia Camp: Our View
If we had to choose an all round favourite camp in Hwange National Park, then it would be Somalisa Acacia Camp and the main Somalisa Camp. This camp has always enjoyed an excellent reputation for the quality of the game viewing in this area and the quality of the guiding. But a huge refurbishment in 2015 elevated it from a simple bush camp into one of the most luxurious camps in Hwange and indeed in Southern Africa. Somalisa Acacia is only a few minutes walk from Somalisa main camp. But it operates as its own self contained camp with its own lounge area and waterhole. Somalisa Acacia Camp is perfect for larger groups and families wanting exclusive use of the camp. It also has 2 family rooms so is perfect for families travelling with younger children.
Somalisa Acacia is in its own private concession within the Hwange National Park which only the Somalisa camps have access to. It is in the eastern section of the park, well away from the busier area around Hwange Main Camp. So even when they go into the main national park on the game drives, it is rarely going to be crowded as there are very few other camps in this area. So it is perfect for clients looking for an exclusive safari with very few other vehicles at sightings.
Somalisa Acacia Camp may be one of the more expensive camps in Hwange but it really does offer everything - luxurious accommodation and facilities, great game viewing, excellent guiding and superb service. We would recommend to any client to include this camp in their itinerary if they have the budget for it and if there is availability!
Nature walks around camp, arts and crafts, cooking lessons and other specialist child activities for younger guests are all possible.
Somalisa Acacia Camp: Quick Facts
- 4 luxurious tented rooms with en-suite toilet, shower & bath. most with views over the waterhole
- Two of the rooms are family rooms.
- About 4 hours road transfer from Victoria Falls town or
- About 45 minutes flight from Victoria Falls airport
- Game drives & walking safaris plus limited night drives offered
- Somalisa Acacia has its own waterhole that attracts large amounts of wildlife in the dry season
- On its own private concession in a remote and uncrowded section of Hwange
- Cultural visits to nearby school and village (at extra cost)
- Plunge Pool (when the elephants haven’t emptied it!)
- Child/family friendly
Somalisa Acacia: The Details
What we love about the rooms here is not just that they are very luxurious and spacious but they also have so much character. Copper sinks and a freestanding copper bath tub add real elegance to the rooms. And this is one of the few camps in Hwange to have wood burning stoves in all the rooms- which will be much appreciated in the June – August winter months when it gets very cold indeed. They also have indoor and outdoor showers and a large deck area to sit and admire the view. Most rooms at Somalisa Acacia have good views onto the waterhole and the whole rear section of each room has large mesh windows giving them a lovely open air feel. The 2 family rooms also deserve a special mention as they are not just a larger room with 2 separate bedrooms. They consist of 2 normal twin rooms connected by an enclosed walkway. This provides lots of privacy and space whilst still giving reassurance and security for families with younger children. The main lounge and dining area is equally stylish and luxurious and also has great views onto the waterhole. There is also a plunge pool and a boma fire area.
Somalisa Acacia is more than just a luxurious camp in the bush though. Offering a fantastic safari experience has always been the main priority of African Bush Camps who own this camp and that continues to be the case. The guides here are excellent and they offer both game drives and walking safaris. The game viewing in this area is also very good and very exclusive. Somalisa Acacia is located in a remote area of Hwange National Park. No other camps are permitted to operate in Somalisa’s own private concession. And even when they go into the main national park you are unlikely to see many other vehicles. There are not any other camps in this area of Hwange and very few self drivers come to this area. As the dry season progresses and seasonal waterholes dry up, huge numbers of animals are attracted to the waterhole at the camp which is pumped with water all year round. From July – October it is possible to have fantastic game viewing without even leaving camp!