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Enjoy views of the plain from your bath at Somalisa Camp

A bath here means appreciating endless views across the plain from your copper slipper tub…

By Dophas Tshaba
African Bush Camps Guide

Hwange National Park is often called the ‘land of the giants’ because of its large elephant herds, and they come to drink at our water holes, just metres away from the viewing deck. Somalisa Camp is set under an acacia grove under these beautiful trees that the elephants love.

The camp’s ethos is centred on conservation and our guests play a part in this. Somalisa must be one of the only camps where guests feel guilty if they don’t take a shower or bath. A solar-powered farm and water purity system means we can recyle 80 per cent of the water used. The more you shower the more you give back to the animals. We were recently awarded the first gold Green Tourism Certification in Zimbabwe.

Somalisa offers a very authentic style of luxury. A bath here means appreciating endless views across the plain from your copper slipper tub. Our sailcloth ‘tents’ include a battery charging station, a wood-burning fireplace and a private viewing deck and décor includes lots of natural wood and colourful kudhinda fabrics, which are hand painted or screen printed. We offer plenty for children too, including nature walks and cooking lessons, such as making their own pizzas.

The camp is in a private concession at the heart of the park, with access to a vast open savannah. On our safaris guests can expect to see hundreds of elephants, prides of lion, impala, kudu, zebra, giraffe, antelope and even leopard and cheetah. This morning we saw one of our lions with her two beautiful six-week-old cubs.

I’m happiest when I’m guiding and showing guests our incredible wildlife but a favourite part of my day is the evening, around the campfire, when we chat with our visitors about the wildlife we’ve seen and the guides share stories about the African bush.


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Alfred & Dophas Tshaba

Dophas started working for African Bush Camps in 2010 as a casual labourer before joining the camp team, first as a pot washer in the kitchen before venturing front of house as a member of the waiting staff. His desire to learn saw him becoming a camp host at a number of the ABC camps whilst undertaking his guiding studies. He has since completed his guide training and is one of our guiding team at Somalisa.

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Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Adele, who's travelled extensively in Zimbabwe. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember – the ranger who can show you the best game viewing and fishing spots on the Zambezi, the guide who’ll introduce you to ‘moonbows’ at Victoria Falls and the locals who’ll share their dinner with you.

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