Somalisa Acacia is an intimate camp in a private concession deep within Hwange National Park, the country’s largest wildlife reserve. Set in a grove of ancient camel-thorn trees, the privately owned camp overlooks a waterhole frequented by large numbers of elephant. Children of all ages are welcome.
Accommodation & Facilities
There are four tents here including two family tents, which comprise two sleeping tents connected by a walkway. The tents, which are of a ‘Sail’ style, are set on wooden decks, and all have very spacious and attractively furnished interiors, with a wood-burning stove, gauze sliding doors onto the deck, and an en-suite bathroom with a lovely slipper bath, inside and outdoor showers, and flush loos. The family tents are large, open plan double-size tents configured as a master bedroom with king size bed with an adjoining twin bedroom. An additional child’s bed can be added on request. To the front of the tent is a private verandah for relaxing during the quiet part of the day. There is a small splash pool (with steps), a mess tent with a lounge and a dining table, and a deck overlooking the waterhole, where meals are frequently eaten.
Eating & Sleeping
Children can have separate meal times and the chefs are happy to prepare any foods that children enjoy and will discuss children’s dietary preferences with parents on arrival. There is also a pizza oven in camp which is very popular with younger guests who can make their own pizzas with the chef. Specific dietary requests can be accommodated with prior notice. There are no formal childcare facilities in camp.
Wildlife & Activities
Somalisa Acacia’s guides are excellent, and the activities on offer include day and night game drives, and walking safaris. Elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and kudu are among the species to be seen here, and sable antelope, roan antelope and wild dog are also present, although less regularly spotted.
Specifically for children …
• Children under 16 years are not permitted on safari walks so guides tailor make bush walks for children in and around camp searching for animal tracks and teaching kids about the wildlife in a fun and educational way.
• There are arts and crafts and games for children in camp.