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 Ruckomechi

Standard Rooms

  • 8 Canvas Tents

  • Twin ¾ beds

  • Ensuite

  • Private decks

  • Fan

  • Mosquito nets

  • Tea/coffee facilities

  • Safe in main area

 

Family Rooms

  • 2 Family Tents

  • 2 bedrooms each

  • Twin ¾ beds

  • Ensuite

  • Private decks

  • Fan

  • Mosquito nets

  • Tea/coffee facilities

  • Safe in main area

Facilities

  • Dining area

  • Lounge area

  • Bar

  • Pool

  • 1 outdoor bath (independent from tents)

  • Laundry service

  • Private vehicle available

  • Charging facilities

  • 220V multi-plug adaptors

Child Policy

  • No children under 6 years old

  • For families travelling with children between 6 and 12 years of age, private activities need to be booked and paid for

  • Children under 16 years of age must share with an adult/s in the same tent

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

  • The minimum age for boating activities is 06 years

access Details

Self-Drive

  • When 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 for 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 20 minutes road transfer

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

Ruckomechi Camp accommodates guests in ten spacious en-suite tents, including a honeymoon suite, all of which overlook the Zambezi River.

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