LITTLE RUCKOMECHI – PRIVATE ROCKOMECHI CONCESSION – MANA POOLS NATIONAL PARK

Little Ruckomechi is a wonderful little camp set in one of Zimbabwe’s great wilderness areas alongside the Zambezi River and its location within the private Ruckomechi Concession ensures an exclusive safari experience with a good range of activities to explore Mana Pools – game drives, boating, canoeing and guided nature walks.

Set amongst the albida trees that characterise the region and attract elephants into camp – Little Ruckomechi is built on wooden decks offering three airy and elegant tents. The stylish living spaces including a dining room and lounge as well as a plunge pool which all look out over the river towards the Zambian escarpment.

With the ever-increasing threat of poaching and human encroachment the camp’s presence alongside Mana Pools National Park is another buffer protecting Zimbabwe’s unique flora and fauna.

LOCATION

The camp is located on the private Ruckomechi Concession which borders the western boundary of Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe. Access is by light aircraft from Victoria Falls, Hwange and Harare.

CAMP

The camp has just 3 spacious and beautifully furnished ensuite tents built on low wooden decks in the style of old explorer safaris with comfortable beds and spacious ensuite bathrooms. For sole-use bookings there are four tents available.

The main area has a lounge set under canvas which is open at the front with fabulous views. The indoor lounge and dining tents are furnished in the style of explorers with comfortable sofas and chairs, coir matting, wooden coffee tables and African artifacts. Dinners are often served outside under the stars but there is also an indoor dining area and bar and to one side of the main area is a small decking area with the a plunge pool and sun loungers with the most amzing view over to the river and Zambian escarpment beyond.

Little Ruckomechi is run on solar power and the rooms have plug points to charge your electrical appliances. There is no WIFI or mobile reception in camp.

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ACTIVITIES AND WILDLIFE

Mana Pools National Park lies at the heart of the Zambezi Valley, a remote, beautiful place with spectacular views. The area offers large concentrations of buffalo and elephant while predators such as lion, wild dog, leopard and cheetah are often sighted. Greater kudu, Burchell’s zebra, impala, warthog and common waterbuck can be seen on the surrounding plains and the grunting of hippo can be heard all day. Birdlife is superb with numerous local specials like collared palm-thrush and racket-tailed roller.

Game Drives – take place early in the morning or late afternoon in open 4X4 vehicles taking in a coffee break in the morning and a sundowner in the late afternoon at a scenic spot.

Birding – the variety of birdlife in the area includes three-banded courser, western banded snake-eagle, Arnot’s chat, green-capped eremomela, African golden oriole, Lilian’s lovebird, Böhm’s spinetail and Meve’s starling – amongst other species.

River Cruises – cruises down this stretch of the Zambezi River take in the life around this iconic river and are a wonderful choice for sundowners.

Canoes – are a more adventurous option to see the large numbers of waterbirds and other wildlife that are attracted to the river and seasonal pans.

Nature Walks – Mana Pools National Park is a remote, beautiful place that is best experienced on foot led by a professional guide. This thrilling way of exploring the surrounding bush is an exciting way to watch wildlife and see the smaller things you often miss on game drives.

Catch-and-release fishing – Bream (tilapia), barbel (catfish) and tigerfish are the some of the more common fish found at Mana Pools. Catch and release is practised, and keen fishermen are encouraged to bring their own equipment as the camp has basic fishing tackle. This activity is subject to the availability of boats and is at an additional cost, per boat per hour payable directly to the camp.

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GIVING BACK

Wilderness Safaris have been operating in Mana Pools for two decades – their simple presence on the ground has assisted with social and environmental stability in the park. They are involved in a number of research projects. The Painted Dog Conservation Project – data collection in Mana Pools aids this project which looks at the population status of wild dog in Zimbabwe as well as the human-wild dog conflict. It aims to protect and increase the range and number of wild dog through research, education and community involvement. Ruckomechi Camp has assisted in collecting data for the Cheetah Conservation Project Zimbabwe which has carried out population surveys to find out where cheetah occur, their population sizes and the challenges they face in Zimbabwe.

The Wilderness Wildlife Trust is an independent entity that facilitates fundraising and distribution of monies to deserving projects so that both directly and indirectly, Wilderness Safaris is able reach more people, wildlife and places. The relationship between Wilderness and the Trust is symbiotic: There are a number of projects supported financially through the Trust, while Wilderness Safaris contributes through logistics and in-kind support (e.g. equipment, manpower, fuel, vehicle servicing, access and accommodation) to ensure the enhanced effectiveness of the work. The Trust focuses its work across three key areas: research and conservation; community empowerment and education; and anti-poaching and management. A small percentage of each bed night booked by guests is dedicated to the Trust.

This camp hosts Wilderness Safaris ‘Children in the Wilderness’ – a life skills educational and environmental programme for children who live in the villages around the conservation areas.

LITTLE RUCKOMECHI CAMP IS CLOSED FROM MID-NOVEMBER THROUGH TO APRIL EVERY YEAR

THE CAMP WELCOME FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AGED 6 YEARS AND OLDER. THE CAMP IS UNFENCED AND IN A VERY WILD AREA AND WE RECOMMEND AN AGE LIMIT OF 16 TO BE ABLE TO REALLY APPRECIATE THE ACTIVITIES ON OFFER

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Call +44 1386 830264 or Email [email protected]

Our expert staff are on-hand, happy to assist with any enquiry you have.

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