Bumi Hills Safari Lodge (African Bush Camps)

Lake Kariba, Matusadona


Sitting atop a hill commanding magnificent Lake Kariba vistas, Bumi Hills Safari Lodge is the ultimate "rest and relaxation" retreat.  With its African-safari air of indulgence.   The lodge has a total of 10 rooms, all with views over the lake. All rooms are premium rooms with balconies and uninhibited views over Lake Kariba. Facilities include a stunning infinity pool, a lake-facing spa and an al-fresco dining deck

The Bumi area is a thrilling location for scenic and wildlife photography.  The lodge stretches out towards the lake, where elephant and buffalo graze on the shoreline below with zebra, waterbuck and impala. In the Matusadona National Park nearby, one might spot shy leopard or lion on the prowl as well as hundreds of species of birds.  
Activities on offer include game-viewing,  sunset cruises and the chance to challenge the lake's fierce fighting tigerfish.  The lodge has a spa offering hot stone massages, a sauna, a private plunge pool and health bar - all with strolling elephants and soaring fish eagles in your view!   Cultural encounters can be arranged in and neighbouring villages for insight into the rich, ancient culture of the Tonga people.

The lodge is accessible via air charter into the Bumi Hills airstrip or by Bumi's 18-seater transfer boat from Kariba (journey approx 1.5 hours).

African Bush Camps also has properties in Mana Pools National Park (Kanga Camp and Zambezi Expeditions Tented Camp) and Hwange National Park and in Botswana and Zambia.  It operates in association with its sister company, Safari Logistics, a transfer and travel logistics service based in Victoria Falls. 

Travel professionals wanting to know all there is to know about African Bush Camps properties and safari options, can make use of the company's online information resource  The Agents' Reserve .

Reviews 6

Lauren B 18 December 2016
I happened upon Bumi Hills Safari Lodge after a chance internet search whilst on a family holiday in Zimbabwe. (My partner is Zimbabwean and we come every couple of years). What a lucky find! I've just spent four incredible days here and the trip has revitalized me and inspired me to no end. Since I travel for a living as a photographer I thought I would give the camera a rest for the weekend but ended up taking more images than I traditionally would on a work trip! Do the village tour and ask to meet Nick from the Bumi Hills Foundation anti poaching unit, you'll want to make a difference! Food is great, rooms are adorable and nature everywhere you look.
Peter Weibl (via Trip Advisor), Germany 1 November 2016
I went with my family from Germany for one week right to BUMI Hills to celebrate my 60th birthday. It was perfect. Accommodation was perfect (overview to Lake Kariba), the meals very fine, dinner at the lakeshore, wine of the best, the staff very very friendly and game viewing the best, I had in Africa (I`ve been to Africa several times before). Where else can you watch elephants while lying in the pool? It is really one of the most beautiful places in the world. We will come back.
Paula French (via Trip Advisor), UK 18 October 2016
We stayed at Bumi Hills for 3 Nights. The location is fantastic we had a room overlooking the Bumi Plains and Lake, with elephants and buffalo grazing daily. The game drives along the shoreline were great, it was a photographer's dream as the colours are so good. Our Guide Maxwell, was great. Extremely friendly and informative and very patient! The sunset cruises are a MUST. We had a leisurely sunset cruise and also 2 on a speedboat, where you can go further and cruise into the sidings where you see numerous birds nesting. The African Sunsets were the best ever. The management and staff could not do enough for you, and on one evening we were treated to a dinner in the bush, it was a really pleasant ending to a great sunset cruise. You can do as much or as little as you want. The pool is a dream in the heat of the afternoon and a good way to chill out. There is a spa, which we didn't make use of due to not enough time - this was our fault as our prime reason to visit was for wildlife and sunsets. If you get the chance to stay here - you must!!!! You will NOT be disappointed. When we return to Zimbabwe (and we will), we will definitely make sure this is on our itinerary This is a 5** rating, and we have been on a lot of safaris - this rates near the top for both accommodation, staff, views, game drives and views. Thanks to all for a fantastic stay
David Omoniyi (via Trip Advisor), Nigeria 12 July 2016
I was part of a tour group visiting Zimbabwe for the Sanganai/Hlanganani 2016 World Tourism Expo, and we arrived Kariba in the evening of June 8. The next day we flew to Bumi Hills. The flight was nice and just flying over Lake Kariba was great. We were received by waiting jeeps once we touched down and taken to the site. It's a very nice place to be. I love the general ambience of Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa. I loved the view from the pool area - the first place I noticed once we arrived. Later that afternoon we had two groups, one going for a game drive while the other went for a sunset cruise on Lake Kariba. I was with the sunset cruise team and it was really a thrill. Afterwards, we got back to the shore and joined the game drive group at a bonfire, before returning to the lodge for dinner. Great place to be, the food was pretty good. The ambience was special... The internet though was a little bit slow - I guess that can easily be sorted out quickly. Hi Dvid Omoniy. Thank you for your kind words about Bumi Hills. There is no better way to enjoy Kariba than on a sunset cruise, the vistas are breathtaking. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay and we hope to see you again soon. Take care and warmest regards, Bumi Hills Safari Lodge
Jenny Norton, South Africa 14 March 2016
Bumi is a dream holiday destination. To wake up in the morning and look at the lake, and usually game, is just magic.
Sally Wynn-Pitman, Zimbabwe 21 November 2014
A stay at Bumi Hills is unforgettable, mainly because of the incredible WOW factor of its hill-top location and beautiful infinity pool with a panoramic view out over the vast inland-sea of Lake Kariba. Enough to take the breath away on first entering the lodge! Try and get one of the front rooms with a verandah deck perched precariously over the cliff and looking straight down into the view. This is really more of a boutique hotel rather than a safari lodge, but its location in a wildlife area allows you a feel of being in the bush. It's the most romantic wedding and honeymoon venue I can think of - luxury with a taste of the wild.
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Air transfer flights on Safari Logistics from Kariba Mainland to Bumi Hills Safari Lodge: $90 each way. 20 minutes only! Enjoy beautiful Lake Kariba by air on the way cross-lake. Expires: 31 August 2017
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