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Ruckomechi is situated on the western boundary of Mana Pools, and has wonderful views across the Zambezi to the mountainous escarpment of the Great Rift Valley.

Ten spacious en suite tents include a honeymoon suite and a family room, all of which overlook the river. Each tent has both indoor and outdoor showers heated by solar geysers, and the camp boasts an outdoor ‘bath-with-a-view’ in a secluded, scenic spot. A central dining, bar, library and main area complete the facilities. There is one deck with infinity pool for swimming and sun bathing, and a separate, inviting, cushion-strewn deck for sundowners and stargazing. 

There is a full programme of early morning walks with an experienced guide, morning and afternoon game drives in open four-wheel-drive vehicles, night drives, wildlife trips on motorised pontoons, and canoeing on the river.

The area is renowned for large numbers of elephant, buffalo, hippo and eland, especially in winter when they concentrate along the river. Predators such as lion, leopard and wild dog are all found here. Birdlife is superb, with both mopane woodland and riverine species, and local specials such as collared palm-thrush, racket-tailed roller, purple-banded sunbird and black-throated wattle-eye.

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This accommodation is featured in the following itineraries:

Best of Zimbabwe & Zambia

This upmarket flying safari combines three of southern Africa’s most fruitful wildlife areas – Hwange and Mana Pools in Zimbabwe, with the vastness of the Kafue in western Zambia. Staying in delightful tented camps in the best locations, enjoy day and night vehicle safaris and boat trips to see the abundant wildlife.

  • When to go: Jun-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £9,295 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Distinctive Zimbabwe & Kafue

This trip focusses on the essence of Zimbabwe and Zambia – neighbouring countries that boast some of Africa’s finest wildlife areas. From the stunning Mana Pools and its aquatic wildlife, fly to the remote Busanga Plains in Zamiba’s Kafue National Park for vehicle safaris to see plains game and their predators.

  • When to go: Jun-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £7,395 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Zimbabwe Highlights

This flying safari is a combination of some of the most diverse and spectacular wildlife areas in Zimbabwe. The journey starts at the unforgettable Victoria Falls, before taking in the country’s foremost national park, Hwange. The final stop is Mana National Park, famed for its scenery and magnificent wildlife viewing.

  • When to go: May-Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,995 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Mana Pools National Park

This UNESCO World Heritage Site beside the Zambezi has fine views towards Zambia’s Lower Zambezi and the Rift Valley escarpment. Its woodland and open plains contain a huge variety of wildlife, including large herds of elephant. It is famed for walking and canoe safaris, and offers a secluded experience.

  • Where: Mashonaland West Province
  • Ideal for viewing: Cape buffalo, African elephant, lion, Nile crocodile, roan
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, River safaris