Cape Town - Hwange National Park is most recently well known for the controversial issue of lion hunting - however long before a certain US dentist decided to pay $50k to hunt and kill the park's most famous lion Cecil,Hwange was known as the land of the giants - and tourists have headed here to see its big elephant herds during an exceptional safari experience.
Nestled on an acacia island along the edge of an ancient seasonal flood plain, the Kennedy Vlei line, is where you will find one very special camp - Somalisa Luxury Tents.
Here we chat to African Bush Camps CEO Beks Ndlovu about the rebuild and how the group is reinventing the African safari experience.
Recently rebuilt, Somalisa Camp was established in 2008, but it since upgraded its level of accommodation to that of complete comfort and luxury - but ultimately the overriding factor that sets this camp apart is its guiding and hosting of guests to ensure the ultimate guest experience.
Consisting of seven elegantly furnished Sail Tents with gauze sliding doors, a glass woodburner fireplace for the cold winter nights, and an overhead fan for the hot summer days, each tent has en suite bathroom facilities including flush toilets, an indoor and outdoor shower, as well as a copper slipper-style bathtub.
The main decking area includes split level decking with a separate lounge and dining area, as well as a small splash pool for guests overlooking the “Elephant Pool” and a natural waterhole where herds of game congregate to drink and where guests can relax whilst soaking in the African bush.
The camp now also boasts Somalisa Acasia, comprises of 2 Family Units with inter-leading walkways between the parents and children’s rooms which are both en-suite, as well as 2 standard Sail Tents.
Activities include guided walks lead by qualified and passionate guides who will share their knowledge and love of the bush with you, game drives and night drives. Wildlife sightings include elephant, kudu, sable antelope, zebra, wildebeest, gemsbok, the rare and endangered roan antelope, buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, hyena, and many other wildlife species.
ALSO SEE: Baby Elephant, just a few hours old, toddles around an Hwange watering hole
Low season - green season - Rates are per person per night
Rates: 1st Jan - 31st March & December 2015/2016 - US$420 or R7052 at R16.79/$
Mid season or shoulder season - Rates are per person per night
Rate: 1st April – 30th June & November 2015/2016 - US$477
High season - Rates are per person per night
Rate: 1st July – 31st October - US$684
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Disclaimer - Traveller24 Editor Selene Brophy was hosted by African Bush Camps in Hwange National Park for the re-opening of the Somalisa Camp.