One of the most remote and beautiful areas in Zimbabwe, lies at the heart of the Zambezi Valley. The core of some 1.7 million hectares (4.2 million acres) of conservation estate, its views of the broad river, floodplains, riverine woodland and the mountains of the Rift Valley escarpment are spectacular. The river is wide and sandy, with islands and sandbanks protruding from its brown waters. On its banks, terraces rich in alluvial soils support a mixture of enormous riverine forest and floodplain grasslands, attracting rich and varied mammal life in considerable numbers. Its languid waters hold impressive concentrations of hippo and Nile crocodile and good populations of tigerfish and bream. This stretch of the Zambezi River is famous for its four main pools (after which the Park is named: mana means ‘four’ in Shona) – Main, Chine, Long and Chisambuk – which are remnants of channels that stopped flowing years ago. These and the pools dotted inland hold water all year round, drawing all manner of wildlife and waterfowl during the dry season. The ana trees that characterise the floodplain shed their protein-rich pods during this time, providing vital sustenance for many species, particularly elephant.

Accommodation at Little Ruckomechi

Standard Rooms

  • 3 Canvas Tents

  • Twin ¾ beds

  • Ensuite with double vanity

  • Private deck

  • Fan

  • Tea/coffee facilities

  • Safe  

*If sole use of the camp is booked, guide tent is converted to a fourth guest tent

Facilities 

  • Dining area

  • Lounge area

  • Bar

  • Pool

  • Laundry service

  • Private vehicle available

  • Charging facilities

  • 220V multi-plug adaptors

Child Policy

  • No children under 13 years old, unless sole use of camp is booked 

  • Children up to 16 years must share with an adult in the same tent

  • The minimum age for walking activities is 13 years and for the canoe activities it is 16 years

  • The minimum age for boating activities is 13 years

access Details

Self-Drive

  • When Little Ruckomechi is included in a self-drive itinerary (reservation to be confirmed prior to arrival), guests must proceed to the meeting point at Go Fish Marine, on the banks of the Zambezi River at Chirundu for the boat transfer to camp (Vehicles parked at Go Fish Marine do so at their own risk)

  • With a travelling time of approximately 1.0 hour, the scheduled boat transfer departs Chirundu (Jecha Camp) for Little Ruckomechi at 10:00

  • Guests arriving Chirundu on a self-drive basis or per transfer from a local hotel, must be at the meeting point by 09:45

  • The return boat transfer departs Ruckomechi at 07:00 and the estimated time of arrival at Chirundu is 08:30

  • Chirundu Coordinates: S 19 01 33 Latitude E 27 06 23 Longitude

 

 Fly-In

  • Airstrip Name: Mana West Airstrip

  • NB: There is another airstrip in the Zambezi valley called Ruckomechi and should not be confused with our Mana West one.

  • Duration to Camp: Approximately 25 minute road transfer

  • Airstrip Coordinates: S 15 50 12 Latitude E 29 10 50 Longitude

Little Ruckomechi’s scenic location epitomises Mana Pools National Park in all its abundance. The camp is all about the intimacy of being close to nature and amongst the iconic albida trees that characterise the area.

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