Somalisa is an authentic bush camp, a blend of old African charm and elegance together with an exclusive safari experience. There are only six tents with en suite bathrooms, flush toilet and romantic alfresco bush shower. The décor echoes of an old era, from colonial to the ancient tribes of Africa, telling the story from all corners of this magnificent continent. The lounge and dining area is at the forefront of the camp, tucked under a soaring canopy of trees. The Main area and pool overlooks the pan where the herds of game congregate in large herds.
We stayed at three different tented camps (Khwai Tented Camp in Botswana, Somalisa in Hwange National Park, and Rukomechi in Mana Pools). All three were very nice and we would definitely recommend any of them. As before, Somalisa was our favorite - just the right combination of comfort, a "real" bush camp experience, plus small enough that you could interact with other guests and large enough to have other guests. Also, the meals at Somalisa were particularly good.
The Victoria Falls Safari Club was excellent. Can also highly recommend the Makuwa Kuwa restaurant next door at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. Based on our experience, would probably recommend the Victoria Falls Hotel for first-time visitors, the Victoria Falls Safari Club is better for repeat visitors who just want to relax...
We also enjoyed our tour of The Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Centre, near Pretoria…In addition to cheetahs, the Centre has painted dogs, serval, caracal, and many vulture species, all of which we were able to view close-up.
- Harriet and John Olson
Somalisa was our favorite camp with its combination of great game viewing, authentic bush camp atmosphere and excellent food and staff. We loved the front porch waterhole and one day watched an elephant family dote on an hour -old ele baby. A partial list of our game sightings would include giraffe, kudu, waterbuck, sable, roan, elephant and buffalo. Some of the action highlights were when watching a nervous cheetah family on a waterbuck kill a big male lion appeared, ran off the cheetahs, and stole the kill. Another was the remarkable 'Out of Africa' scene at a waterhole one evening when a huge herd of buffalo, maybe one thousand, enveloped the waterhole and mingled with elephants and other game. Just like the movies! One evening after dinner a roaring male lion came right into camp to be illuminated by lights, and on several other nights elephants walked between tents. And finally at Somalisa Nic got us onto a rhino track and we were able to walk up to a family group of three white rhinos, and that was a thrill. One in our party saw wild dog which we missed. We just needed more time to appreciate everything Somalisa had to offer.
Our mobile camp in northern Hwange near Shumba was delightful --- more excellent meals and service. Very comfortable beds and tents and en suite facilities. Although the lions eluded us we enjoyed seeing literally hundreds of elephants, plus a big herd of buffalo coming to water, along with roan, kudu, hippo, honey badger, and some nice birds like golden breasted bunting and blue waxbill.
At Vundu Camp in Mana Pools our dreams came true one morning when we got in the midst of seventeen wild dogs on the hunt. It was so exciting seeing them run and split up into pairs and singles and then regroup and go again. Nic kept us in the hunt until they killed and ate an impala. Wild dogs are our favorite so this was a special sighting. Nic was able to locate Handstand (the elephant and several times we were able to video the big tusker stand on his hind legs while reaching high into a tree with his trunk for a green branch). Amazing! The lions did not elude Nic here and we observed several groups including youngsters. Two solitary female lions had a dispute with hyenas one morning and both lion and hyena looked the worse for wear, with multiple wounds and mangled ears. One elephant bull we walked close to gave us the trumpet and mock charge treatment, kicking dirt on us as he skidded to a stop, which is what my heart did momentarily. There was lots of other game at Vundu including impala, waterbuck, warthog, hippo, crocodile, banded and dwarf mongoose, kudu and numerous eland and birds. Camp beneath the shade trees on the bank of the Zambezi was very comfortable with hot water for showers constantly available. The food and service was excellent.
Nic delivered us to Camp Amalinda and turned us over to the care of guide Paul Hubbard. For our few days in Amalinda we elected to just relax and enjoy the scenery, company, and food. This proved to be a good choice as Paul was a virtual encyclopedia of all things Matabo and especially cave paintings. Paul made our stay there so fulfilling and enjoyable - - - - not to forget our visit to the Children 's Home which we would not miss and hope to return.Read More