Ruckomechi, Mana Pools National Park


Overlooking the mighty Zambezi River and the mountains of the Rift Valley escarpment, Ruckomechi offers a remote escape like no other.

This remote and beautiful setting on the banks of the Zambezi lies in a private concession in the heart of Mana Pools National Park. The camp features 10 spacious and beautifully decorated en-suite tents, including two family rooms, as well as a pool, firepit, secluded Star Bed and an outdoor ‘bath with a view’. Its riverside location allows for exploration by boat and canoe, as well as game drives and walking safaris. Sundowners overlooking the water are a must!

Ruckomechi is surrounded by ana trees, popular with the local elephants for their nutritious seeds. Wildlife can often be seen taking advantage of the camp’s waterhole, and the area is known for large concentrations of buffalo and elephant. Predators such including lion, wild dog, leopard and cheetah are also regularly spotted. On the surrounding plains you may encounter greater kudu, Burchell’s zebra, impala, warthog and common waterbuck, whilst the grunting of hippo can be heard from the river all day. Birdlife is superb, with numerous local specials such as collared palm-thrush and racket-tailed roller.


  • Outside dining area
  • Viewing decks
  • Swimming pool
  • Star Bed
  • Olympus Photo Hub

The Ruckomechi Concession works closely with Zimbabwe’s Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZPWMA) and other conservation entities, as well as the local community, in order to protect the wildlife and support the people that live in surrounding villages.

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The following activities are included at this lodge:

Game Drives
Explore the varying habitats of the area and discover the prolific wildlife which resides in each one.

Walking Safaris
This thrilling way of exploring the surrounding bush often involves exciting sightings. 

River Cruises
Enjoy a magical sunset or sunrise while cruising the river in search of hippo, crocodile, swimming elephants and colourful birdlife.

Soak up the sights, sounds and smells of the Zambezi as you paddle on the river in search of wildlife.

Catch a Tiger…
Discover the thrill of hooking a tiger fish before releasing it back into the waters. 

Star Bed Experience
Fall asleep to the sounds of nature under a canopy of stars in a romantic and secluded star bed.

Olympus Photo Hub
The Photo Hub offers guests the chance to try out top-of-the-range camera equipment under the guidance of an experienced photographer, helping you get the best possible wildlife photos on safari and enabling you to capture the spirit of your African adventure.

In partnership with Olympus, Wilderness Safaris are using wildlife photography as a means of sharing and educating to ensure the ongoing conservation of Africa’s remote wilderness areas. The scheme also contributes to the empowerment of local people, and to social development in the area by supporting a scholarship programme run by Children in the Wilderness.


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