Overview

Situated in a large private concession in the heart of the Zambezi Valley’s Mana Pools National Park, Ruckomechi looks out from the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. It is a remote, beautiful place with spectacular views of the broad flowing river, the adjacent woodland and the mountains of the Rift Valley escarpment.

Ten spacious and beautifully decorated en-suite tents, including two family rooms, lie beneath the ana trees, best-beloved of local elephant for their nutritious seeds. The camp’s central living space includes an inviting  firepit for pleasant evenings beneath the African night skies. Other unique features include a pool which overlooks a broad sweep of river, an outdoor “bath with a view” in a secluded, scenic spot, and a romantic Star Bed by a busy waterhole.

 

Sublime safari camp at magical Mana Pools.
Enjoy access to one of Zimbabwe’s most productive game-viewing regions, the riverine belt of iconic Mana Pools. Find adventure in the floodplains on a game drive in search of wildlife, or canoeing or tigerfishing on the Zambezi River. Or on foot, taking in the pristine beauty of this wild, wonderful place.

 

 

The Camp moments – Elephants are frequent visitors at Ruckomechi, tempted by the nutritious albida trees that shade the camp. Make yourself at home, as they do, between the en-suite rooms, the main area and the swimming pool. End the day the way days have ended in Africa for centuries; around a camp fire, under the stars, listening to nature’s soundtrack of frogs, crickets and jackals…

 

 

STANDARD SEASON

From USD 1,040 per person, per night

PREMIUM SEASON

From USD 1,460 per person, per night

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  • Location

     

    Nestled in a lush albida forest on the banks of the Zambezi River, Ruckomechi Camp offer an incredible Zimbabwe safari experience.

  • Accommodation

     

    Nestled in a lush albida forest on the banks of the Zambezi River, Ruckomechi’s 10 spacious suites (including two family units) offer an incredible Zimbabwe safari experience.

     

     


     

    Room Types

    Standard Twin/Double Tent(s)

    (8 ROOMS)

    Sublimely spacious tented suites are thoughtfully positioned along the iconic Zambezi’s banks, each offering unimpeded views across the river to the stunning Rift Valley Escarpment on the Zambian side.

    From the well-appointed lounge area inside, to the expansive deck outside, each suite has been mindfully furnished in rich natural textures and lovely local décor pieces.

    Connected to the main area by low wooden walkways – to allow free passage of the wildlife – the tented suites provide front row seats to an endlessly entertaining wildlife parade.

     

     

     

     

     

    Family Accommodation
    (2 ROOMS)
    The two stylish and generous tented family rooms are built on low wooden decks offering a veranda with broad vistas of the Zambezi River. With the same comforts as the standard tents, each comprise two en-suite bedrooms.

     

     

  • Facilities

     

    Family room
    A safari at Ruckomechi is best shared with loved ones.

     

    Pool
    Cool off between game drives in the swimming pool.

     

    Star Bed
    Experience a night under the stars, safely elevated above the ground.

     

    Wi-Fi
    Stay in touch and share your safari sightings.

  • Activities

     

    The wide floodplain behind the camp teems with wildlife, and after a thrilling day on safari, guests can sink into the ‘bath with a view’ for a blissful soak in the wild.

     

     

    Game drive.

    Scour the plains and woodlands for predators and their prey.

     

     

    Canoe

    Paddle the Zambezi looking for water birds and dazzling bee-eaters.

     

     

    Star Bed

    Spend a night under the stars near a busy waterhole.

     

     

    Birding

    Search for the amazing array of birds in Mana Pools.

     

  • Fast Facts

    Fast Facts

    RATING
    Classic
    TYPE
    Safari Lodge
    NO. ROOMS
    10

  • Highlights

     

    Situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, Ruckomechi is nestled on a vast piece of private conservation land bordering Zimbabwe’s iconic Mana Pools. This land is not only exceptionally beautiful, with river views and the Rift Valley mountains across the river, but is an important buffer zone for Mana Pools’ wildlife.

    Magical Mana Pools

    Bordering Mana Pools to the west, Wilderness’ Ruckomechi private concession plays a crucial role in helping conserve wildlife in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Acacia-dotted plains, indigenous forests and the mighty, wide Zambezi make this biodiverse region of Zimbabwe an Eden for iconic African wildlife, and a paradise for those lucky enough to visit.

  • Cuisine

     

    Ruckomechi is known for warm hospitality and delicious, hearty cuisine. Savour an ice cold gin and tonic served as the glowing sun dips behind the horizon. Delight in a pancake breakfast out in the bush, dinner served under a blanket of stars or at the intimate Star Bed sleep-out.

     

     

  • Why stay there

     

    Ruckomechi provides a stable buffer zone for precious wildlife in this productive riverine belt.

  • Getting there

     

    By air

    Scheduled flights can be booked from Victoria Falls, Harare, Hwange, Kariba and other parts of Zimbabwe.

     

    By Road

    The camp can also be accessed via road transfer from Harare or Lusaka followed by a boat transfer from Chirundu.

  • Mana Pools National Park

     

    The untamed wilderness of Mana Pools National Park

    Drift. Splash. Listen. Canoe down the Zambezi with the rising sun. Spot hippos bobbing to the surface while ghostly elephants drift through the cathedral-like trees, and a bright red flurry of carmine bee-eaters dazzles on the riverbank upstream. As the sun sets and the evening campfires start, listen to the local lore. Tales of river gods, guarding the land, while in the distance a lion roars.

     

    Explore one of the world’s most scenic wildlife destinations. Mana Pools is known for abundant wildlife and spellbinding vistas. Travel by game vehicle, searching for elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, wild dog, and numerous antelope. Take to the Zambezi River by boat or canoe, scanning for wildlife and revelling in the avian abundance.

    Weather in Mana Pools

    Mana Pools National Park enjoys a wonderful warm climate. Yet the winter season can get quite cool – particularly on the early morning game drives, with temperatures dropping to 12°C, so make sure to pack accordingly. The summer months (Sep to May) are extremely hot with temperatures soaring to 40°C and above.

     

    SUMMER SEASON

    December to March

    DRY SEASON

    June to November

     

    Some of the animals found in the park.

     

     

    Eland

    Africa’s largest antelope.

     

     

    Lion

    Lions thrive in wildlife-rich Mana Pools.

     

     

    Wild dog

    Wild dogs are a special sighting in Mana Pools.

     

     

    Waterbuck

    Waterbucks are often spotted near rivers and waterholes.

     

     

  • Available Safari Journeys (Packages)

     

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  • Credits

     

    Wilderness Safari

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Tour Map

Google Map for Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

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