Ruckomechi Camp spans nearly a kilometre of the riverfront in a private concession just beside the north-west corner of Mana Pools National Park. The scenery surrounding the camp is remarkable: the vast Zambezi River, on its way towards the Cahora Bassa Dam, flows in front of a backdrop of the mountains of the Zambezi Escarpment, which rise up in neighbouring Zambia. This scenic location coupled with a high concentration of large game such as elephant and buffalo makes Ruckomechi a very classic safari destination
The first and still finest property in the Mana Pools National Park. The scenery is spectacular, as are the game viewing opportunities, and honeymooners should flock here – the honeymoon suite is beautiful, and a scenic outdoor bath hidden in the bush only adds to the experience.
Breakfast, Brunch, Tea & Evening Dinner are served in the large group style dining room, evening meals consist of 3 courses.
Ruckomechi Camp’s ten large tented chalets are all situated on the riverfront, each with a wooden veranda where you’ll find a couple of comfortable fold-up chairs and a good-sized table. One long side of each chalet has views of the surrounding bush and river, and to the side is the chalet’s own solar-power unit, which provides electricity and heats the water. Each chalet has a canvas ceiling and walls, and insect-mesh windows which allow a breeze through. Outer canvas flaps can be rolled down to keep heat in and rain out. Two of the chalets are honeymoon suites while another forms a family chalet – which has an extra bedroom and toilet.
Large french doors from the veranda lead into the chalets, whose walls and tables are tastefully decorated with local art and decorative features. The beds are covered in crisp white linen and are dominated by rustic, locally made wooden-pole headboards, reflecting the camp’s use of local materials. Each chalet also has a writing table, a very comfortable leather chair, a free-standing fan, and bedside lamps using low-energy LED light bulbs
Central to each chalet at Ruckomechi is a large dividing wall between the bedroom and the bathroom, constructed from steel-mesh cages filled with river-pebbles and rocks. Set into this is storage space for luggage, a small wardrobe and some shelves. In keeping with this stone and rock theme, each chalet has smooth concrete floors inlaid with decorative river-pebbles.
All of the chalets at Ruckomechi Camp have large, open-plan en-suite bathrooms with ‘wet-room’ style walk-in showers and copper washbasins in the shape of a mokoro (a local canoe). Two sides of each bathroom has big mesh windows, with views of the wide Zambezi River to the front. There’s an outdoor shower (hot and cold), too, while the honeymoon suites also have outside baths.
There are nine tents which are made up of seven twin bedded tents and two double bedded tents
There is one family tent which comprises of two adjoining rooms, each with their own shower and toilet.
Children over 6 years old only, but no real children facilities on site
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