Ruckomechi Camp is well known as a classic by the safari community. Very distinctive in its arrangement along the banks of the Zambezi, in a secluded private concession within Mana Pools national park, it’s one of Zimbabwe’s very best camps.
Designed and built with sustainability and minimal impact in mind, Ruckomechi looks almost like a feature of the landscape, unobtrusive and incorporating local materials and crafts. The main area comprises a very comfortable lounge, a bar, a library and a large dining area where the camp’s excellent and varied cuisine is usually served. Outside there are stargazing loungers, an infinity pool and even a very charming mini-pier or jetty on which to relax. Position in and among acacia and mahog-any trees, the decor is comfortable and clean yet has an authentic feel dominated by dark wood textures, canvas and rugs.
There are ten chalets at Ruckomechi Camp, all spread out along the river. They are connected to the main area by low wooden walkways. Each has a verandah, with French doors that lead into living quarters where guests will find comfortable beds covered in crisp linen, decorative local crafts and wares, a work-table and a spacious en-suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers and a large sink. The walls can be rolled back for a breeze and to maximise the view. Included in the ten chalets are two honeymoon suites, with outdoor baths, and a family chalet that includes an extra bedroom and bathroom.
Ruckomechi offers all the usual safari options (game walks and drives etc). While it should be noted that expeditions from the camp are restricted to its concession, its position next to the river allows for a really unusual range of water-based activities, which more than makes up for it.