Ruckomechi Camp & Little Ruckomechi (Wilderness Safaris)

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Wilderness Safaris is a responsible luxury ecotourism company.

The reason we exist is to protect pristine wilderness areas and the flora and fauna - or biodiversity - that they support. We believe that in protecting these areas, and including the local communities in this process, we will make a difference to Africa and ultimately the world. In short, we believe that the world's wilderness areas will save humankind.

Through our unique hospitality, light footprint luxury safari camps and private access to more than three million hectares of Africa's finest wildlife areas, we offer our guests a unique and life-changing experience.

Ruckomechi Camp

On the middle reaches of the Zambezi River, a hundred kilometres below Lake Kariba is the Mana Pools National Park situated in the heart of the Zambezi Valley.  The newly-refurbished Ruckomechi Camp lies on the banks of the Zambezi, shaded by a large grove of acacia and mahogany trees and with a superb view of the mountains of Africa's Great Rift Valley across the river in Zambia.

Ruckomechi Camp accommodates guests in ten spacious en-suite tented units (two of which are family tents), including a honeymoon suite, all of which overlook the Zambezi River. Each tent has both indoor and outdoor showers, and the camp boasts a favourite amongst guests: its outdoor 'bath-with-a-view' in a secluded, scenic spot. The central dining, bar, library and lounge areas face the escarpment and are connected to the rest of the camp by low-level walkways that minimise our environmental impact. There is a separate deck with infinity pool for swimming and sun bathing, and an inviting, cushion-strewn star gazing deck.

Ruckomechi also offers a sleep-out option for adventurous guests on an outdoor deck overlooking the wildlife-rich Parachute Pan, situated about 400m from the main camp.  This offers guests a truly intimate, up-close-and-personal wilderness experience and the unique opportunity of sleeping under the stars in the Zambezi Valley!

Following on from our Zambian camps, Ruckomechi Camp has aimed to be as environmentally friendly as possible - hot water and lighting for each unit is provided by solar power.

The camp vegetation is dominated by broad canopied albida trees, much loved by elephants for their rich nutritious pods; these animals often join visitors in camp for a light meal!

The area is renowned for large numbers of elephant, buffalo, hippo and eland, especially in the winter when they concentrate along the river. Predators such as lion, leopard and wild dog are all found in the area. Birdlife is superb, particularly for both mopane woodland and riverine species with numerous local specials like Collared Palm-Thrush, Racket-tailed Roller, Purple-banded Sunbird and Black-throated Wattle-Eyes.

Little Ruckomechi Tented Camp

This intimate, tented camp sleeps 6 people with an accompanying professional guide.  It is situated on Wilderness Safaris' concession just downstream from the existing Ruckomechi Camp, and looks onto the Zambezi River.

It is ideal for sole-use bookings and family groups or small parties travelling together with a private guide.

Set amongst the iconic albida trees that characterise the area, the Camp comprises just three elegant and airy tented suites built on wooden decks (with a fourth tent for the accompanying guide). The living spaces include a dining and lounge area, as well as a plunge pool, all overlooking the majestic Zambezi River.


Activities at Ruckomechi Camp and Little Ruckomechi include wildlife viewing in open 4x4 vehicles, on motorised pontoon boats, on foot and in canoes, as well as tigerfishing on the Zambezi River.

Air access to the Ruckomechi Camps and other Wilderness Safaris properties, including Chikwenya Camp can be arranged through the company's airline Wilderness Air and vehicle-based tours in the Victoria Falls area can be arranged through Wilderness Touring

Related stories & blogs:-

Unmatched Mana: A journey of complimentary experiences  (Aug 2019)

Zimbabwe's Wild Dogs/Painted Wolves:  a focus of tourism & conservation (Feb 2019)

Wilderness wins Responsible Tourism award for policy on water bottles  (May 2018)

A Ruckomechi Concession Traverse  (April 2018)

Watching the seasons change at Ruckomechi (July 2017)

Disconnecting on Safari:  Why we do it  (Jan 2017)

My Mana Pools - My Heritage  (Nov 2016)

History of Ruckomechi Camp, as told by Wilderness Safaris - Sept 2016

"Throttle the Bottle!" - Oct 2012

The Marvels of Mana Pools - Travel Blog - Sept 2015

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Sally Wynn-Pitman, Zimbabwe 22 November 2014
This is a wonderful eco-friendly camp blended into the woodland on the banks of the Zambezi River, with the "close to nature" wilderness quality that Mana Pools is so famed for enhanced by a "no-fences" policy. Wild animals, including elephants, hippos, waterbuck, impala and even sometime lions can wander through the camp at any time! Apart from the lovely setting and very comfortable, ethnically-decorated en-suite tented chalets, there were several things about Ruckomechi that I particularly liked:- 1. Guests are provided with their own branded metal drinking water-bottles which are refilled from a water-filtered system - great idea - no plastic. 2. The cushion-strewn wooden game-viewing/star-gazing deck is awesome, particularly at night with a cozy campfire at its centre. 3. Ruckomechi's famous outdoor bath-with-a-view, set in a secluded, scenic position under a large tree and overlooking the floodplain (often with elephants wandering by!) This as a very special, candle-lit evening treat and a MUST-DO experience, especially with a glass or two of wine or champagne as a fittingly decadent accompaniment! 4. The overnight "sleep-under-the-stars" experience in the intimate "treehouse" platform overlooking nearby Parachute Pan. A real treat for wilderness-loving adventurous guests and honeymooners (although sadly we didn't have time to fit this one in!). 5. Excellent guiding, wildlife viewing and birding in a truly magnificent and varied wilderness environment. We were pleased to share our experience at Ruckomechi with guests from Canada, England, Scotland, South Africa and Zimbabwe and to hear how clearly delighted they all were with their experience.
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