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The setting of Ruckomechi is just glorious- in a private concession looking out over the Zambezi and the tiny islands in the river to the distant Zambian mountains.
What’s Ruckomechi really like?
There are 10 large marquee-style tented chalets set either side of the main lodge- they’re lengthways on to the water to maximise the view, and feel airy and spacious. Ensuite bathrooms have a shower and a flushing loo. Two of the rooms are double tents to accommodate a family safari. The main areas of camp are just lovely- we hugely enjoyed our communal meals, and sundowners on the deck were a highlight of our visit to Zimbabwe. There’s a pool (we didn’t use this, but can imagine it would be very inviting on a hot summer’s day) and a beautiful outdoor bath on a private deck- your very British reviewer didn’t test this out, but those who use it give it rave reviews.
What can I do at Ruckomechi?
One of the things we adored when we stayed at Ruckomechi was the sheer range of activities on offer. Morning and afternoon game drives which took place on the concession were consistently rewarding (Ruckomechi remains the location of our office’s only pangolin sighting) and our walking safari guide was outstanding. As you are in a private concession away from the restrictions of the national park, you can also take boat safaris from Ruckomechi. These are excellent for birding, and we can’t think of a more civilised way to take your afternoon sundowner. If your tastes are a little more energetic, Ruckomechi also has kayaks for exploring the Zambezi’s channels, and there is also basic equipment for catch and release fishing. Lastly, Ruckomechi has a starbed, where you can spend the night on a platform beside Parachute Pan- please let us know if you would like to do this as it generally needs to be requested in advance.
Giving back at Ruckomechi:
Ruckomechi’s worked hard to reduce its footprint on the environment, limiting generator use by relying on solar wherever possible- the LED lights and hot water in your room are powered by your own small solar panel. The camp is also involved in a wild dog conservation project, helping to survey Zimbabwe’s wild dog population and reduce conflict between the dogs and local communities.
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