Awarded: Bronze

Somalisa Acacia is a warm, inviting camp on an island in Hwange National Park. This award-winning accommodation promises excellent cuisine, charming décor and plenty of wildlife viewing at the camp’s waterhole and surrounding plains. Perfect for those seeking an intimate and luxurious stay close to Zimbabwe’s largest park but with plenty of tranquility.


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Location

The camp sits on an acacia island in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest natural reserve. The camp is set within a private concession and the waterhole in front of camp attracts large herds of elephants as well as other big game such as buffalo, zebra, giraffe and lion. The park itself is dotted with acacia trees, pans and seasonal floodplains with the continents largest group of Cape wild dog calling the park home. The camp is also built on the Kennedy Vlei which means game drives are full of action.

Rooms

There are just four tents at the camp, two twins and two family units elevated above ground level. Interiors are contemporary with rustic touches to create a blend of authentic and luxury. Teak wood floors lie underfoot and furnishings include a dark wooden writing desk, chairs and sofas, a wood burner for cold evenings and gauze sliding doors. The en-suites have copper-encased bathtubs and outdoor showers.

Communal Areas

Built on slightly raised decks, the main tent houses a comfortable lounge and dining area offering wonderful views of Kennedy Vlei. The space is charming with a tall canvas ceiling, comfortable sofas, hanging chairs and vibrant African patterns and décor. A split-level outside deck is the perfect space to relax with drinks and a swimming pool sits just metres away from the waterhole.

Activities

Somalisa is owned by top-notch safari guide Beks Ndlovu and his wife so guests can guarantee an authentic and rewarding safari experience. The camp provides exceptional game drives and walking safaris on the private concession and beyond, home to all Big Five as well as hyena, antelope, sable and kudu. The camp also has special family guides who fit activities around both adults and youngsters. If you arrive to camp after the first rains of the year, see the vlei blossom into a carpet of vibrant wildflowers.

Fully inclusive

Accommodation
Breakfast, lunch and evening meal
All house drinks (except premium imported brands and champagne)
Two game viewing activities per day
Laundry service

When to go

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WET SEASON

This is the wettest period of the year with, again rainfall normally comes in the form of an afternoon thunderstorm. Temperatures are hot during the day, averaging a maximum of 29°C/84°F, mornings are much more pleasant averaging 18°C/64°F.

The landscape by this stage is rapidly becoming lush, green and beautiful. Not perfect for game viewing, but there are many new born animals as well as migratory birdlife to enjoy.

Like the rest of Zimbabwe, Hwange has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. We would generally recommend visiting Hwange during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up, wildlife becomes more concentrated around the watering holes while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility. Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

WET SEASON

This is the wettest period of the year with, again rainfall normally comes in the form of an afternoon thunderstorm. Temperatures are hot during the day, averaging a maximum of 29°C/84°F, mornings are much more pleasant averaging 18°C/64°F.

The landscape by this stage is rapidly becoming lush, green and beautiful. Not perfect for game viewing, but there are many new born animals as well as migratory birdlife to enjoy.

Like the rest of Zimbabwe, Hwange has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. We would generally recommend visiting Hwange during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up, wildlife becomes more concentrated around the watering holes while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility. Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

WET SEASON

This is the wettest period of the year with, again rainfall normally comes in the form of an afternoon thunderstorm. Temperatures are hot during the day, averaging a maximum of 29°C/84°F, mornings are much more pleasant averaging 18°C/64°F.

The landscape by this stage is rapidly becoming lush, green and beautiful. Not perfect for game viewing, but there are many new born animals as well as migratory birdlife to enjoy.

Like the rest of Zimbabwe, Hwange has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. We would generally recommend visiting Hwange during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up, wildlife becomes more concentrated around the watering holes while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility. Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

WET SEASON

Whilst technically still the wet season April sees the end of the rains with clear skies dominating towards the end of the month. Temperatures begin to also drop, making for more pleasant afternoon conditions, though morning can be surprisingly cold, so be sure to pack a warm fleece

Like the rest of Zimbabwe, Hwange has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. We would generally recommend visiting Hwange during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up, wildlife becomes more concentrated around the watering holes while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility. Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

DRY SEASON

May is the beginning of the dry season, although the landscape will still be many shades of green following the rains. Midday temperatures are pleasant, but the mornings are cold average temperatures of around 7°C/40°F, so be sure to bring several warm layers for those morning game drives.

Like the rest of Zimbabwe, Hwange has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. We would generally recommend visiting Hwange during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up, wildlife becomes more concentrated around the watering holes while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility. Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

DRY SEASON

The landscape continues to dry up, with game sightings becoming more likely, especially around Hwange’s many watering holes. Midday temperatures are pleasant, 26°C/79°F, but the mornings are cold average temperatures of around 7°C/40°F, so be sure to bring several warm layers for those morning game drives!

Like the rest of Zimbabwe, Hwange has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. We would generally recommend visiting Hwange during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up, wildlife becomes more concentrated around the watering holes while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility. Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

DRY SEASON

The landscape continues to dry up, with game sightings becoming more likely, especially around Hwange’s many watering holes. Midday temperatures are pleasant, 26°C/79°F, but the mornings are cold average temperatures of around 7°C/40°F, so be sure to bring several warm layers for those morning game drives!

Like the rest of Zimbabwe, Hwange has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. We would generally recommend visiting Hwange during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up, wildlife becomes more concentrated around the watering holes while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility. Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

DRY SEASON

The landscape continues to dry up, with game sightings becoming more likely, especially around Hwange’s many watering holes. Midday temperatures are pleasant, 26°C/79°F, but the mornings are cold average temperatures of around 7°C/40°F, so be sure to bring several warm layers for those morning game drives!

Like the rest of Zimbabwe, Hwange has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. We would generally recommend visiting Hwange during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up, wildlife becomes more concentrated around the watering holes while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility. Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

DRY SEASON

Clear skies still dominate, the landscape has now become quite parched; ultimately making this the perfect time for game viewing. Midday temperatures are hot, with temperatures of over 40°C/104°F common, especially in October. This is a time to get up early to make the most of the more pleasant temperatures, average temperatures of around 17°C/61°F

Like the rest of Zimbabwe, Hwange has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. We would generally recommend visiting Hwange during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up, wildlife becomes more concentrated around the watering holes while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility. Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

DRY SEASON

Clear skies still dominate, the landscape has now become quite parched; ultimately making this the perfect time for game viewing. Midday temperatures are hot, with temperatures of over 40°C/104°F common, especially in October. This is a time to get up early to make the most of the more pleasant temperatures, average temperatures of around 17°C/61°F

Like the rest of Zimbabwe, Hwange has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. We would generally recommend visiting Hwange during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up, wildlife becomes more concentrated around the watering holes while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility. Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

WET SEASON

Technically the start of the wet season, although rain is infrequent, usually in the form of afternoon showers. The arrival of the first rains rapidly transforms the parched landscape. Midday temperatures remain hot, average around 32°C/90°F and the humidity can also be high.

Like the rest of Zimbabwe, Hwange has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. We would generally recommend visiting Hwange during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up, wildlife becomes more concentrated around the watering holes while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility. Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

WET SEASON

This is the wettest period of the year with, again rainfall normally comes in the form of an afternoon thunderstorm. Temperatures are hot during the day, averaging a maximum of 29°C/84°F, mornings are much more pleasant averaging 18°C/64°F.

The landscape by this stage is rapidly becoming lush, green and beautiful. Not perfect for game viewing, but there are many new born animals as well as migratory birdlife to enjoy.

Like the rest of Zimbabwe, Hwange has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. We would generally recommend visiting Hwange during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up, wildlife becomes more concentrated around the watering holes while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility. Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

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