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Somalisa Acacia
Zimbabwe

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4 rooms
All ages
Pool
En suite
Bar
Solar Power
  • Maximum 12 people
  • Solar powered
  • 2 x family rooms
  • Elephant pool
  • Charge batteries in room
  • Fan in room
  • Roll-top bath
  • Fireplace in room
  • Private deck
  • Guide tent

Additional Information

  • Airstrip to camp - 30 mins
  • Closest airstrip - Manga
  • Closest international airport - Victoria Falls International Airport
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Family-friendly Safari Camp in Hwange National Park

Trees represent rooting and connection, which is one of the reasons why our family-friendly camps are named after our favourite African trees. The acacia tree is one of the richest symbols of Africa, its silhouette in the vivid orange and hues of pinks, harmonise with the tranquil sounds of the hornbill in the distance to create truly serene moments to share with loved ones.

 

Somalisa Acacia​ is the perfect ​Hwange safari lodge​ experience for families with younger children or, for smaller private groups of safari-goers. This ​family safari​ camp, located slightly to the west of sister camp Somalisa sits on the edge of a seasonal floodplain in Hwange National Park. ​Somalisa Acacia​ is tucked away beneath the dappled shade of an Acacia grove. A place where meeting an elephant in your backyard is not at all a fanciful notion. Especially if your backyard happens to be the largest natural reserve in Zimbabwe, famous for its rich diversity of wildlife. In addition to the large families of elephants that frequently roll across the golden plains of Hwange to visit the camp’s elephant pool, keep a lookout for swift cheetah, dazzling zebra, honking hippos and the graceful giraffe that may saunter into view.

 

Access this Hwange safari lodge from Victoria Falls International Airport via a 45-minute light aircraft flight landing at Manga Airstrip with a 30-minute game drive transfer to camp. Alternatively, road access is an easy 4-hour drive from Victoria Falls. We welcome children of all ages at ​Somalisa Acacia, ​making it a natural fit for meaningful and authentic memories with your family under the African sky. Honest, functional design principles embrace the surrounding pristine wilderness environment. The main camp area comprises a lounge, dining room, boma and elephant drinking pool, a distinct feature. Acacia trees fill the space, creating a dappled stream of light over the deck which shapes an ambience of tranquillity and security. The splash pool at Somalisa Acacia​ borders the wild elephant waterholes which are visited by these peaceful, magnificent animals.

 

​Somalisa Acacia​ accommodates a maximum of twelve guests. This intimate camp comprises two family tents with inter-leading walkways between the parents and children’s rooms which are both en-suite, as well as two additional stand-alone canvas guest tents. Each guest tent includes gauze sliding doors to a private deck offering panoramic 180-degree views of the surrounding bush. A fusion of textures from face brick to natural wood to copper lends a genuine organic atmosphere to this incredible family camp. Your guest tent is replete with modern appointments such as a fan, a battery charging station, wood-burning fireplace and bathroom that features a roll-top bath. Here, your ​Hwange safari​ activities include walking safaris, game drives, birding and cultural visits. All are included in your stay and led by our qualified and passionate guides. Natural storytellers, they are eager to share their love of the bush with you and your family.

 

Somalisa Acacia highlights

 

Elephant Pool:
Watch enthralled as the mystical gentle giants bathe, drink and communicate in their unique way. The particular vantage of the camp versus that of the waterhole provides infinite possibilities for up-close encounters and incredible photographic opportunities with elephants.

Ngwana Club:
We specialise in children on safari. Nature walks around camp, arts and crafts, cooking lessons and other specialist child activities for younger guests are all possible with our Ngwana Club.

Testimonials

  • The accommodations are SO comfortable and luxurious, the food delicious, and the people (both guests and staff) so enjoyable. You can’t beat sitting with a drink and watching the changing parade of wildlife coming to the water hole, or sitting on your private porch or taking a private outdoor shower watching the zebras and kudus joining the elephants at the water. (And the morning wake up — “knock, knock” accompanied by a thermos of hot coffee, couldn’t be any better!) Highly recommend the Somalis camps!

    Paula A via ATripAdvisor

  • When I think of our 13 nights on safari in three countries, the image that shines most brightly is here, lying on a lounge chair and watching elephants large and small guzzling water at my feet, herds of buffalo and wildebeest trooping by, cautious kudu, playful zebras and the occasional scuffle between the beasts and the species.

    Mei-Mei K via TripAdvisor

  • Everything about Somalisa was excellent. The family tent we had was beautifully arranged & had everything we needed to feel safe and comfortable. Our room had a full verandah that looked out onto the main watering hole which was frequently visited by elephants, zebras, water buffalo etc. Just amazing.

    Steve H via TripAdvisor

  • Africa explorers of all ages should experience this African Bush Camp at least once. Somalisa Acacia lies close to Somalisa Camp offers family tents and takes children below 12 years of age. We had the utmost pleasure of enjoying 4 nights at Somalisa. Tents offer all the comfort you want while sleeping almost amongst the elephants

    Olaf Kracht Via TripAdvisor

Activities

Set within a private concession in the Hwange National Park, Somalisa Acacia offers a variety of activities for guests to experience the area through. Activities include guided walking safaris, game drives and cultural visits. Here you will be accompanied by our knowledgeable guides who will share their knowledge and genuine love of the bush with you. All activities are complimentary.

Included in Rates:

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Tea, coffee, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages, except premium imported spirits and champagne
  • Laundry
  • Morning & afternoon game drives, walking safaris, Hwange Main Camp village visits, Mambanje Village visit (private vehicle required at associated costs for Mambanje Village Visit).

Excluded from Rates:

  • Visa Fees
  • International / Regional Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Staff Gratuities

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Wildlife

The largest natural reserve in Zimbabwe, Hwange National Park is famed for its rich wildlife. These are some of the animals you can expect to see during your stay at Somalisa Acacia.

Live in Camp – recent wildlife sightings

  • Hwange National Park Zimbabwe Giraffe
  • Hwange National Park Zimbabwe Impala
  • Hwange National Park Zebra
  • Bhubesi the lion
  • Hwange National Park Sable Antelope
  • Hwange National Park Zimbabwe Lilac Breasted Roller
  • Hwange National Park Jackal
  • Hwange National Park Zimbabwe Baby Elephant

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