Why photographers love Rukomechi Camp
Located in a private concession bordering Mana Pools, this area deserves its status as a world heritage site. For photographers, the backdrop of the escarpment is awesome. Also, there are great photographic opportunities along the Zambezi River, especially for elephants. The pools after which Mana takes its name draw in game, especially during the dry season. This is great walking country too, and the opportunity to do boating makes the trip exceptional.
How we rate Rukomechi Camp
Rukomechi Camp at a glance
Ruckomechi overlooks the Zambezi River in the heart of the Zambezi Valley. It features:
- 10 walk-in safari tents (7 twin-bedded, 2 king-size, and 1 two-bedroom)
- Tents feature views of the river, en-suite bathroom, outdoor shower and small veranda
- Main communal camp area with infinity pool, hammocks, dining area, bar, lounge, stargazing/fire deck and library
- 220V electrical plugs are located in main camp area
- Solar hot water
Ruckomechi Camp is located in a private concession on the border of Mana Pools National Park along the Zambezi River. “Mana”, which means “four” in the local language, describes the four main pools of the river—Main, Chine, Long and Chisambuk—remnants of river channels that stopped flowing years ago. During the dry season, these and other pools in the park draw abundant wildlife. Mana Pools is well-known for its herds of elephant and buffalo, especially along the river, and offers good lion, leopard and wild dog sightings as well. Herbivores such as zebra, waterbuck, kudu and impala are also abundant, as are crocodiles and hippo. Bird enthusiasts can look out for a nice mix of waterfowl and species from riverine and woodland habitats. Some special birds include Livingstone’s Flycatcher, Red-necked Falcon, Lillian’s Lovebird, African Finfoot, Southern Carmine Bee-eater, Black-throated Wattle-eye and Eastern Nicator. Mana Pools is a scenic and remote park with a real sense of wilderness along the river floodplains and riverine woodland against the backdrop of the Rift Valley escarpment mountains across the border in Zambia. It’s also famous for its ana (or albida) trees, whose pods are particularly favoured by elephant.
The Camp is open from April to mid-November. June to October is the dry season and the best time to see animals coming to the water. Wildlife viewing improves as the dry season wears on, but temperatures can be very hot and humid towards October. Wetter months offer lusher vegetation, young animals and migrant birds.
What Rukomechi Camp costs
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The good news
Ruckomechi is one of the best loved camps in Zimbabwe and is being upgraded to Wilderness Safaris’ top environmental standards.