Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe
At a Glance
Right on the banks of the Zambezi with fantastic river views
Enjoy spotting wildlife at the river as you relax in the camp's plunge pool
Watch as elephants reach up high to feed from the albida acacias that populate the area
Just four tents in the camp for complete privacy and exclusivity
Canoe on the Zambezi for an exciting and unique alternative to game drives
Best time to Visit
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Mana Pools has a moderate to sub-tropical climate with three distinct seasons. In terms of game viewing, the drier months of June to October mean a higher concentration of game at the permanent water sources - this is a superb time to visit. Alternatively come for some fantastic birdwatching at the end of the rains. May to July is Zimbabwe's winter, when the weather is cool and dry, and August to October is summer, when the weather is hot and dry. From November to April is the rainy season, and Little Ruckomechi is shut over these months.
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Set out on an authentic safari experience at Little Ruckomechi in Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe. With just four elegant tents in the heart of a private concession, Little Ruckomechi is a secluded haven for wildlife lovers.
Set on the banks of the Zambezi river, Little Ruckomechi occupies an ideal location in the iconic Mana Pools National Park. With just four tents in the camp Little Ruckomechi is exclusive and private, and this small scale gives guests the opportunity to really feel at one with nature.
The Ruckomechi concession allows guests access to a private stretch of river frontage, meaning uninterrupted views and spectacular opportunities for spotting wildlife as animals gather at the water's edge. Elephants in particular are attracted to this area due to its food sources, especially the albida acacia that are abundant throughout Mana Pools National Park.
The camp itself is small and intimate, with four tents raised off the ground on wooden decks. The tents at Little Ruckomechi are both elegant and light, with en-suite facilities built with comfort in mind. Communal living areas provide a space to relax and unwind, with a dining room, lounge, and plunge pool with views of the Zambezi. Designed in the traditional style, the camp is reminiscent of the explorers of the past, and gives guests an authentic experience with the addition of all modern comforts.
Due to the varied habitats in the area surrounding the camp, Little Ruckomechi offers a plethora of activities, from game drives and nature walks to river cruises and catch-and-release fishing. The game drives are a fantastic way to cover large areas of the National Park, and in the afternoon will stop for a sundowner with a view - this is a safari with style! Guests will have the chance to spot a huge variety of wildlife, such as lion, leopard, cheetah, hippo and zebra, to name but a few. As the camp is so close to the river, birding at Little Ruckomechi is fantastic year-round, especially between August and November when the vibrant southern carmine bee-eater makes an appearance.
The camp is closed during the rainy season between mid to late November and May each year.
Little Ruckomechi has four luxurious tents, raised off the ground on wooden decks. Each tent offers complete privacy with a bedroom and en-suite bathroom, and a private veranda where guests can sit out to relax and enjoy the views.
The camp has living spaces for all guests to use. There is a dining room, lounge, and even a plunge pool to relax in at the end of the day. The living spaces offer fantastic views over the Zambezi river.
Little Ruckomechi provides guests with an array of fantastic activities, with ample opportunity to spot a large variety of wildlife. Game drives take place in open Land Rovers in the morning or late afternoon, and explore the area within both the concession and the National Park. Nature walks are also an exceptional way to experience game spotting, often with thrilling, up-close encounters. On the water, river cruises are offered in a nine-seater pontoon or a six-seater speedboat, or alternatively, guests can canoe on the river for a truly unique experience. Mana Pools is also home to great fishing, practised as catch-and-release, with tiger fish and bream amongst the most common catches. Please note that fishing at Little Ruckomechi is at an additional cost and guests will need to organise their own equipment.
Location & directions
Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe
Little Ruckomechi is situated on the western boundary of Mana Pools National Park, on the Zimbabwean bank of the Zambezi River, approximately 100km downstream of Lake Kariba.
How to get there
Little Ruckomechi can be reached by light aircraft from the Zimbabwean capital Harare. It is also possible to charter from Victoria Falls or from any of the other safari areas in the country. The camp can also be accessed by road and boat transfer from Lusaka or Victoria Falls. The nearest airstrip to Little Ruckomechi is Mana West, a 20-minute drive from camp.
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