Ruckomechi is situated in a large private concession in the heart of the Zambezi Valley’s Mana Pools National Park,
looking 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.
Bordering Mana Pools National Park in a Private Concession just 20 minutes drive from it’s Sister camp Little Ruckomechi. Ruckomechi Camp rises along the banks of the Zambezi River, gazing out towards Zambia’s evocative escarpment. Its broadcanopied ana trees create glorious shade throughout the camp, and are much loved by the elephants for their rich, nutritious seeds.
Accessed via scheduled or charter flights into Mana West Airstrip followed by a 20 minute game drive transfer into camp. Scheduled flights can be booked from Victoria Falls, Harare, Hwange, Kariba and other parts of Zimbabwe. The camp can also be accessed via road transfer from Harare or Lusaka followed by a boat transfer from Chirundu.
There are 10 tents in total comprising of 8 twin-bedded canvas tents each with two three quarter beds and 2 family rooms each consisting of two bedrooms with two three quarter beds, in each bedroom separated by a drop down canvas blind with their own en-suite facilities. Tent features include:
Canvas tented accommodation on low wooden decks with sandy pathways on the ground linking the tents to the main area
En-suite facilities with indoor shower, separate toilet and double vanity basin
Canvas roll down blinds for all weather conditions
A writing desk and chair, luggage rack, indoor lounge area
Tea and coffee making facilities (hot water will be provided in the mornings)
Small veranda with deck chairs
Individual canvas bags with padlocks (keys remain with guests) are supplied for valuables which are then stored in a central safe
No air-conditioning, however, a pedestal fan is installed in each of the tents
Complimentary in-Tent Wi-Fi
Lounge, dining and bar areas on raised wooden decks (with sandy pathways linking the tents to the main areas)
Pool in the main area with partially shaded deck and loungers
Outdoor with sunken lounge and Stargazing/fire deck overlooking the Zambezi River
One outdoor bath privately located on the banks of the Zambezi River which is independent from all tents and thus available for use to all guests
Day and night game drives
Guided nature walks
Fishing (catch and release)
Stargazing with a laser pointer
River cruise (sunset cruise)
Wilderness Safaris and Olympus Photo Hub experience
Children aged 6 years and older are accommodated and there are 2 family tents
For families travelling with children between 06 and 12 years of age, private activities need to be booked and paid for. Children between 06 and 16 years of age must share with at least one adult in the same tent
The minimum age for boating activities is 06 years and for the canoe activities it is 16 years
The minimum age for walking activities is 13 years
Open April to Mid November
Wilderness Safaris, Children in the Wilderness and many donors work closely with the schools and communities that lie on the boundaries of Hwange. Over the years they have provided everything from classrooms, clinics and libraries to stationary and equipment. Teacher training and establishing and supporting community initiatives are also part of this uplifting programme
In 2008, it was found that many children were getting so little to eat they could not even walk to school. Wilderness Safaris, its guests and Children in the Wilderness have since provided one meal on every school day of the year to the children of five schools on the outskirts of Hwange.
Wilderness Safaris also supports the Painted Dog Conservation Project. This initiative looks into the population status of wild dog in Zimbabwe as well as the human to wild dog conflict. Its mission is to protect and increase the range and number of wild dog through research, relocation, education and community involvement.
Ruckomechi and Little Ruckomechi assisted in collecting data for the Cheetach Reseach project, which carried out population surveys to find out where cheetah occur, their population sizes and the challenges they face in Zimbabwe.
Ruckomechi Camp operates on a combination of solar power and a 220V generator
Solar units charge the batteries located at each tented accommodation, providing sufficient 12V lights throughout the night and power for the fans
220V multi-plug adaptor charging facilities for mobile devices
Additional charging facilities (available on request) for the use of sleep apnoea machines (guests to provide own device, spare batteries, charging unit and adaptors)
Water for showers are heated by solar geysers
Wi-Fi in guest tents
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