Place: Situated in a large private concession in the heart of the Zambezi Valley's Mana Pools National Park, Wilderness Ruckomechi looks out from the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, gazing out towards Zambia’s evocative escarpment. Its broad-canopied albida trees create glorious shade throughout the camp, and are much loved by the elephants for their rich, nutritious seeds. Discover the concession by vehicle or exploring on foot, while boating and canoeing allow for a different perspective of the area.
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 buffalos, and elephants; while predators such as lions, wild dogs, leopard, and cheetah are often sighted. Greater kudu, Burchell's zebra, impala, warthog, and common waterbuck can be seen on the surrounding plains; while the grunting of hippo can be heard all day. Birdlife is superb, with numerous local specials like collared palm-thrush, and racket-tailed roller.
Accommodation: Ten spacious and beautifully decorated tents (including two family rooms), along with a generous central living space, enjoy the broad vista of the Zambezi River. There is a separate pool area, a unique outdoor “bath with a view” in a secluded, scenic spot, and a romantic Star Bed by a busy waterhole.
Purpose: As a private-access area neighbouring Mana Pools National Park, Wilderness Ruckomechi joins the park in playing an important role in protecting what is considered to be one of the great wildlife spectacles on the continent, and in preserving a feel of real wilderness. Our simple presence on the ground has maintained a social and environmental stability throughout our tenure here.
NOTE: Wilderness Ruckomechi opens seasonally between April and mid-November each year.
Unique Selling Points
- Set on the banks of the great Zambezi River in a spectacularly scenic private reserve, Wilderness Ruckomechi offers the finest game viewing experience in the Mana Pools area, thanks to the combination of its unparalleled exclusivity within one of the most productive wildlife zones of Mana Pools – the riverine belt
- Our exclusive, diverse and flexible adventures take place on the river, across the floodplains and in the woodlands, and include game drives, river cruises, canoeing, catch and release fishing and guided nature walks, as well as an unforgettable night-time experience in a star bed treehouse
- Elephants abound at Wilderness Ruckomechi – not only are these pachyderms attracted to the rich, nutritious pods of the albida trees that surround camp, the camp overlooks a favoured elephant crossing