Reviews of Somalisa Acacia
Wildlife sightings and reviews
4 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Somalisa Acacia and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Somalisa Acacia review"
All else was excellent, especially our guide Calvit." See all these reviews: 10n in Zimbabwe; 1n in South Africa
"Can It Be Better than Somalisa Acacia?"
Other notable sightings included a cheetah, hyena, painted dogs and sable antelopes as well as the usual giraffes, zebras, buffalos, other antelopes, jackals, baboons, monkeys and birds galore.
The food was also the best we have experienced on safari (but maybe too much of it!).
The guides, our hostess, and other staff, were also top class and made us feel right at home.
Along with this, the accommodation is on the luxurious side." See all these reviews: 6n in Zimbabwe
"Somalisa Acacia: Fantastic watering hole"
This small enclave is around the corner from the main Somalisa, which looked nearly identical. It had a larger watering hole where elephants liked to swim, but our watering hole is where they come to drink. When I think of our 13 nights on safari, the image I keep coming back to is lying on a lounge chair and watching the elephants large and small at my feet, herds of buffalo trooping through, smaller groups of kudu cautiously sipping, zebras frolicking, species ignoring or battling each other.
Somalisa started as a bush camp with bucket showers and is still somewhat rustic. The canvas tents are not designed that well, with light switches and plugs in odd places; and a bathroom with a draw curtain for the toilet but not for the shower (though it had a huge lovely tub and an outdoor shower, too). There is good shelving behind the bed and adequate counter space in the bath. It is warmed by a small wood stove, which is stoked for you at night, but did not last through the early morning, making it very challenging to get out of bed. You’re awaken by a knock and a pot of coffee accessed through a pass-through cabinet.
(The family room is two connecting rooms; the smaller one has its own door but no wood stove or outdoor shower.)
The deck was generous with a comfy hammock. The lounge had a small bar, sitting area, dining area, pretty pool, great deck, two fire pits. There is no WiFi.
Any discomfort with our lodging was forgiven and forgotten as we basked in intimate animal encounters.
Dining was relatively simple but tasty: choose your own items for a stir fry was our first dinner; choose your own toppings for pizza was one lunch. Breakfast was light, with porridge and cereals and toast by the fire; tea and snacks were pretty weak. They did a nice job catering to our preferences (vegan, etc.), and brought in a sparkling wine the day after I asked for it.
Our stay was enhanced by new, young manager Phindile, who helped solve a room problem creatively and quickly. Our guide Albert was good, with excellent language and knowledge. He said he plans to retire in two years so perhaps he wasn’t quite as energetic or conscientious as he could have been.
We had some terrific game viewing, including “hunting” with a pack of painted dogs, enjoying a pride of lions with six cubs, and watching a cheetah gnaw at his supper. Somalisa provides warm, lined ponchos instead of blankets, and we appreciated the windproofing and the hood.
I would return for that watering hole; I’d just bring more warm clothes in the winter!
In conclusion: Very memorable location/game/experience" See all these reviews: 6n in Zambia; 4n in Botswana; 3n in Zimbabwe
"Brilliant Somalisa Acacia"
We had Elephants at the waterhole every day and at one point Martin said he counted at least 70. We also saw lions everyday.
We also met Yvonne Bahlangene again which was great.
We would totally recommend Somalisa camps to anyone wanting good game viewing, good food and very good company. Thank you for a wonderful stay and we will be back." See all these reviews: 9n in Zimbabwe
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