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Somalisa Camp
Somalisa Camp
Somalisa Camp
Somalisa Camp
Somalisa Camp
Somalisa Camp

Reviews of Somalisa Camp

Wildlife sightings and reviews

36 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Somalisa Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa

Wildlife sightings by our travellers
Starting in Jun-2018, 11 of our travellers have recorded their wildlife sightings at Somalisa Camp.
Lion

91% success

Leopard

33% success

Cheetah

45% success

Wild dog

11% success

Elephant

91% success

Giraffe

91% success

Zebra

91% success

Roan antelope

82% success

Buffalo

80% success

Sable antelope

80% success

Wildebeest

80% success

Eland

60% success

Oryx

33% success

Spotted Hyena

27% success

Hippo

20% success

Aardvark

0% success

Black Rhino

0% success

Brown Hyena

0% success

Pangolin

0% success

Showing 31-36 of 36
Duration
Arrival date
Drs N & S
Switzerland

""elephantastic""

4 nights Arrived 20 Jun 2011
"More than excellent. We were the only guests in the camp and we were treated in the best imaginable way.

Our guide was very knowledgeable and we had the opportunity to learn a lot about african flora and fauna.

Hwange National Park is definitively worth a visit." See all these reviews: 12n in Zimbabwe
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Mr V
Zurich

"Somalisa Camp review"

3 nights Arrived 15 Jun 2011
"very exceptionell setting, nice tents (i was in one of the new ones), caring and friendly personel (e.g. mentioning that i did not have a mirror in the bathroom and would like to have a chair on the veranda, i could change my tent the following day, having had cold in the first night they provided me with a warm bedpan), great guide, good food (you get almost too much). With regard to animals it seems to me that the concession area is kind of limited, i.e. two days / three nights are probably enough to get to know the area and have a reasonable chance to see animals of different variety" See all these reviews: 3n in Zimbabwe
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Good
Facilities:
Excellent
A&M
London

"Amazing bushcamp in the wild"

4 nights Arrived 14 Mar 2011
"In a nutshell: we loved Somalisa in every aspect.

It is a bit of a long drive from Livingstone, but the drive was made very pleasant by Sevious (from Silver Tours) who is a very friendly and open person and by the end of the trip we were friends - we were happy when he showed up to pick us up on our way back as well. He easily agreed to stop and visit the Painted Dog Conservation Centre near the park gate, which is by the way a very interesting project and really worth a visit if you are in the area.

Back to Somalisa: we were picked up from main camp by Raimond and Mike who took us for a drive and a picnic lunch near a waterhole. We were impressed by their friendly attitude and knowledge. We liked their philosophy of watching without disturbing the animals.

The welcome to the camp, where we met Dudley and Nic and the rest of the staff, was great and we loved it immediately. It is beautifully designed with a "bush feel" in a remote area but you have all the facilities you need. Our tent had beautiful furniture and a fun open bathroom with a bucket shower.

After a quick shower we walked back to the main area and were astonished to find an elephant drinking from the pool less a few meters away from the deck! He kept drinking while keeping an eye on us. The interesting story is that there is also a waterhole in front of the camp, but elephant like the clean water from the pool better!

Sitting on the deck you can watch elephants, baboons, zebra, giraffe.....amazing!

Because it was still a bit too hot for us we did a walk every morning and a drive in the afternoon (but they are flexible and you could stay out all day if you wanted to).

The great thing about this camp (and I am told in Zimbabwe in general) is that the guide acts also as a scout (armed) which allows you to stop the car and get off and walk whenever you wish for as long as you wish. For example during one drive we were so lucky as to find not one but four rhinos grazing near a waterhole. Raimond and Mike asked us if we were up for a closer look on foot and we jumped at the chance. This was the first time we saw rhinos in the wild and it was amazing. We walked checking the wind and hid behind a bush, very close to them. They did not see us and we had a great chance of taking good pictures but most of all a great memory to take back home.

All our walks and drive were great and we saw a huge number of animals. Once we walked very near to a herd of Kudus and everybosy back at camp was surprised we could get that close as they are normally skittish. We watched a huge elephant bull digging for minerals and stayed for a while enjoying the way he broke the soil with a foot and then used his trunk. He then turned around to show us how big he was before slowing walking away. We learnt to recognize the smell of a bull in musth as he followed a female herd. There are thousands of elephants in the park and we never got tired of watching them. We learnt that zebras in Hwange are slightly different as they have a brownish shadow between black and white stripes.

I need to keep this "reasonably short" so I cannot describe everything we saw, but the experience was great!

We deeply enjoyed the atmosphere at the camp including the meals with the giudes, we never stop talking! You can tell they are all bound togheter and friends and work in perfect harmony. It was a pleasure to have the chance to meet all of them and were sorry to leave. We will never forget our days at Somalisa.

We wish we could keep this hidden gem for ourselves only, but it would be unfair....so we reccomend to go there and enjoy the experience!

Finally we would like to mention that we felt perfectly at easy in Zimbabwe, everything ran smoothly for us, we met all friendly people and we think they deserve a growing number of tourists to visit as this may help the local people and the economy." See all these reviews: 9n in Zambia; 5n in Zimbabwe
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Mr N & Ms S
Zambia

"Super Somalisa"

5 nights Arrived 30 Dec 2010
"Somalisa is a very good camp, well run by Manager and Head Guide Dudley and the camp manager Henrietta. We were able to do guided walks every day of our stay as well as game drives.

Given the time of year (ie wet season) and the nature of some of the terrain around the camp, mammal sightings required some patience: but we were still able to enjoy two great dog sightings, quality time with a pride of 19 lions and sables as well as plentiful elephant and buffalo: other guests staying at the camp while we were there saw leopard, cheetah, rhion and roan antelope.

We understand that the camp is having a significant makeover in February/March so would expect an even higher standard in the 2011 season." See all these reviews: 10n in Zimbabwe; 4n in Zambia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Mrs & Mr A
London

"Somalisa Camp review"

4 nights Arrived 24 Nov 2010
"It would have been good to know that this was a 2 hour drive from the park entrance!

Remote, undisturbed, extremely friendly, rustic, Dardley was a wonderful guide, superb food, easy going, accommodating.

Not an abundance of 'big' wildlife but suite our needs perfectly - tons of spottings of new and interesting things for both our guide and us, including yellow tailed kites catching mating frogs and 5 leopard tortoises trying to mate with one another!

We were the only people here for 4 nights - magical! I just felt sad that hundreds of people thought Chobe was the place to be, when they were so obviously missing out on this wonderful place." See all these reviews: 8n in Botswana; 6n in Zimbabwe
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Good

Location:
Good
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Mr T & Mr L
Amsterdam

"Go to Somalisa; great little camp"

4 nights Arrived 5 Jul 2010
"Lovely intimate camp in Hwange. Lots of elephants in camp as well as a cute pack of dwarf mongoose.

The staff were a highlight and gave the camp a considerable measure of charm. Attentive but not over-bearing, flexible and entertaining. Dudley was an excellent guide and Henrietta a charming hostess. We would certainly recomend the camp to anyone looking for a really nice place to stay in this part of Zimbabwe.

Really good food and plenty of game although a paucity of big cats. But some lovely elephants (drinking in the swimming pool) as well as some unusual sightings such as bat eared foxes." See all these reviews: 8n in Zimbabwe
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
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36 reviews of Somalisa Camp by travellers since August 2007
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