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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.
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 brand new, 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.
Air access to the Ruckomechi Camps and other Wilderness Safaris properties 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:-
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