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Zimbabwe Somalisa Camp Dining Area

LOCATION

Bordering the Kalahari Desert in Zimbabwe’s north-eastern edge, Hwange National Park is the country’s largest national park. It’s a fantastic safari destination with over 100 mammal species and four times as many bird species to spot/photograph/or gasp at. The area is also home to the largest population of the African wild dog, although the reputation of this ‘land of the giants’ is made on its elephant herds.

The award-winning Somalisa Camp—Hwange’s original safari stay—remains the leader of the pack by not scrimping on luxury while marooned in the Zimbabwean wilderness. Its seven tents ensure a sense of exclusivity, and the décor is contemporary while incorporating natural and organic materials.

From wood-paneled bathrooms with capacious copper bathtubs to herringbone fireplaces, you might forget you’re out in the middle of a lion-roamed savannah until you glance up at the undulating views beyond.

WHAT MAKES THIS HOTEL UNIQUE?

Besides being awarded the first GOLD Green Tourism Certification in the country, Somalisa is a wonderfully situated camp. On the edge of an ancient floodplain teeming with animals, the camp brings the wildlife even closer with the elephant pool situated in clear view of Somalisa’s wedge-shaped swimming pool.

But you won’t just want to stay in the pool the entire time (surely?), and the camp offers superb experiences to get the most from Hwange. See slumbering lions on game drives, or tread through the savannah spotting exotic birds and lounging leopards in the branches, accompanied by the camp’s excellent guides.