Somalisa Expeditions

Reviews of Somalisa Expeditions

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Below are independent comments from 9 of our travellers who have visited Somalisa Expeditions, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mrs S. from Worthing
Arrived on: 25-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Somalisa Expeditions review

fantastic camp, with fantastic staff.

The location is brilliant for seeing such a variety of animals, elephants, zebra, giraffe, either outside of your tent or nearby waterhole.

Food superb, guides very knowledgeable and the whole stay well organised and ensured I had the most amazing safari experience

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Andy & Karen from Hereford
Arrived on: 29-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Perfect traditional safari camp

If you want to stay in a small, traditional safari camp with great food, guides and service then this is the place for you.

A good distance away from the glitz of Somalisa Camp this intimate 6 tent camp is set in amongst trees with simple but delightful facilities. The tents are spacious, the beds are super comfortable and the en-suite outside showers solar powered - a little bracing on a cold evening but refreshing at the end of your game drive.

Food was excellent, served in the main tent where an open fire kept off the chill. A pump fed pond attracts elephants to within feet of the deck.

Our guide David was very knowledgeable and because of the link to the nearby big sister camps had many eyes looking for game on the drives.

We would highly recommend this camp, our favourite in Zimbabwe.More

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Mr & Mrs C from Berwick
Arrived on: 28-Apr-2019 Stayed for: 5 nights
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So many elephants!

In contrast to our stay at Camp Hwange in the west of the park there had been very little rain here so there were some large sightings round waterholes and solar-pumped pans, particularly elephant and buffalo.

Elephants played a very big part in our time at Somalisa (we saw several hundred in total), not least at the camp itself which is well known for attracting family groups to its water tank). It's amazing being that close. A couple of naughty younger males liked coming into camp to shake acacia pods of the trees for a tasty snack right by our tent. One pushed under our guy ropes and was photographed from the outside bathroom toilet seat just the other side of the canvas. You don't get much closer!.

Ray (Xoxindaba the storyteller) was our guide and great fun and generous with his 24 years of guiding knowledge. A highlight was seeing a lioness transferring her three cubs 500 yards from a waterhole to a day-time hideaway, carrying one youngster in her mouth. We also saw one leopard and one cheetah here plus sable.

All the camp staff, headed by Egania, were exceptionally friendly and helpful. For us, as vegetarians, the meals were the best of the three-camp trip. From our tent (number three ) we could see much of the action at the water tank.

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Mr & Mrs B from Witney
Arrived on: 12-Nov-2018 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Somalisa Expeditions: a lovely location

The camp was in a good location on the dry river bed and from our accommodation we had views of the waterhole. The elephants that came to drink from the plunge pool were always a pleasure to watch.

A very comfortable camp and well furnished. As our last camp of the trip it was good to have a few more comforts before our trip home. All staff were excellent and friendly, as was Martin our guide who would go out of his way to show us as much as possible.

Maximum time game viewing is important to us, so it was good to go out on a long morning drive and not come back until lunchtime. Even on our last morning we were offered the option to go out on a morning drive for 4 hours, which we did. It proved to be very worthwhile, and then it was straight onto the aircraft!

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Mr VH & Ms VB from NL
Arrived on: 24-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Somalisa Expeditions review

We regarded Somalisa Expeditions as a slightly more luxurious version of Zambezi Expeditions. Very skilled professionals on all levels of staff and guiding as well as just nice people. We had the camp to ourselves for a day and a half and enjoyed the full attention of everyone, without feeling crowded. The pool and sundeck in front of it make for a spectacular encounter with elephants. This part of Hwange was not as packed with animals as Mana Pools, but has a very nice variety of scenery and made us appreciate other things than just big game. Having said that; there's certainly no shortage of animals. It's a relatively small camp, located beautifully and with very comfortable permanent tents. Again, we were impressed by the high standard of guiding and the nice balance between professionalism and social skills, which lead, among other things, to very interesting conversations with different members of staff. The atmosphere is completely relaxed and made us feel that way. The same attitude of African Bush Camp towards animals, people and environment I described with regard to Zambezi Expeditions applies here. In every way it's a feel good experience and we were sad to leave it.

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Mr & Mrs R from Kingston
Arrived on: 2-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Somalisa Expeditions review

We stayed 3 nights in early September. Very much enjoyed the camp.

We were in Tent 1 which is the farthest from the main area and has a fantastic view of the nearby waterhole to its right. The tents are on raised wooden platforms, have a small front deck with 2 chairs, a comfortable bed, a writing desk with charger, a fan, tons of storage, cotton robes, a nice bathroom with flush toilet and a regular shower. The bathroom is through a door and is open to the sky.

Lionel was our excellent guide (very descriptive and easy to understand) and on the way to camp we stopped at the local waterhole to see cape buffalo and many zebra. Animals sighted here seemed more habituated to the vehicles, and we were therefore able to get a bit closer (especially the zebras).

Tonny was our Camp Host and he was wonderful throughout our stay. Thanks Tonny for the extra coffee! Siyabonga.

The food here was good but we found it was not quite as enjoyable as at our other camps. Some meals were average. One which was quite good was the BBQ served in the open. Some meals were plated, others were served buffet style. Refillable water bottles were used for the drives, we appreciated that.

One special experience here is that there is a pool in front of the open area and elephants often come to drink from the pool. Guests can sit quietly on the deck to watch them, only a few feet away. Very exciting! We saw the elephants coming to the pool from our tent (they passed in front of us) and made our way over to the pool. Sat for about 20 minutes observing them. A very wonderful experience.

Other interesting sightings included 2 groups of lions, roan, sable, wildebeest.

Would like to thank Lionel, Tonny, Gloria, Brian, Present and Guide David for their care during our stay. We apologize for not remembering everyone's name.

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Miss J from Bushey
Arrived on: 17-May-2018 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Magical!

Room's were lovely, camp food also good, but very meat oriented, however Cook will do his upmost to cater for a Vegetarian.

Camp staff were attentive and a pleasure to talk too, special mention to David our guide, he taught me a lot, extremely knowledgeable, couple of worrying moment's with Elephant's, but David's calmness and experience made you feel in good hand's!

Best magical moment, being so close to the regular Elephant herd who came down to drink at the watering pool every evening, so close you could almost touch them, it was best at night after a glass of wine, and the starry sky's above, i will not forget it, magical!!!

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Mrs & Mr S from Yorkshire
Arrived on: 10-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Absolutely fantastic

We truly did not want to leave this lodge. From the moment we arrived, nothing was too much trouble. A special thanks needs to go to Hope who was a very special host indeed. She was warm, friendly, funny and extremely good at her job of making sure everyone had their needs met, which at times was no mean feat.

The tented accommodation was beautifully appointed and very well designed. The main lodge had a number of seating arrangements both inside and out. Drinks were readily available and you are encouraged to help yourself, if a staff member is unavailable. Lunch and dinner are taken around a large table with other guests, Hope, and guides. This we enjoyed and gave us chance to discuss experiences as well as get to know more about the background of staff members which we found very interesting.

If you love elephants then this place is a must. Sitting on the deck area directly next to the pool and water trough was a highlight of the holiday. You see elephants so close up as they fill their trunks with water to drink. An amazing experience that we will never forget.

Robert our guide also deserves a special mention. Such a lovely, gentle, and knowledgable young man. We very much enjoyed all the game drives we experienced with him. The area is abundant with wildlife. As well as seeing hundreds of elephants highlights were observing a herd of around 250 buffalo.

We witnessed a pride of lions feeding on a recent buffalo kill and followed a lone male lion along the road for at least 30 minutes. He had no intention of moving over so we had to follow him until the road split. The animals in this area are used to seeing vehicles and appear very relaxed in their presence.

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Ms D from Ireland
Arrived on: 30-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Somalisa, simply superb!

Superb camp! There is nothing rustic about it in my view! Amazing attention to details, and the loveliest and most welcoming staff. My guide David was a brilliant spotter and very knowledgeable. We had excellent sightings on the game drives, including Cecil's pride, cheetahs, African wild cats, many types of antelopes and a multitude of birds (including a pelican seen for the first time around Ngweshla). I would have been very happy to stay longer!

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