This is the sister camp to Ruckomechi and sits in a private concession bordering Mana Pools National Park. It offers river and land based safaris in an exclusive wild setting.
Little Ruckomchi Highlights
When it comes to wildlife and scenery, you just don’t get better than Little Ruckomech. Flanking the outskirts of Mana Pools National Park in the buffer zone of the game-rich park, Little Ruckomech sits within its own private concession. Overlooking the Zambezi River and the Zambian foothills, Ruckomech certainly sets the standard in terms of landscape vistas.
The concession is home to a plethora of wildlife. Commonly spotted animals include wild dog, leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo and lion. Because the camp overlooks a waterlogged region, hippos and elephants can be seen and heard all day long. This is an intimate camp with only 3 tented chalets and a main tent sitting comfortably under a grove of iconic albida trees. Local birds such as the collared palm-thrush and racket-tailed roller dwell in the trees above, and provide fantastic birdsong throughout the day.
The spacious living areas comprises a stylish lounge area fully-kitted out in typical safari decor and a dining area overlooking the Zambezi Valley. A charming and classy place with hints of colonial decor, raw wood architecture and colourful modern furnishings.
When you’re not enjoying the splendour of the camp life, you are encouraged to indulge in the many safari activities on offer which include catch-and-release fishing, boating safaris and daily game drives.
- Located in private concessions hugging the famous Mana Pools National Park, a hub of wildlife activity.
- Little Ruckomechi is a relatively new camp - the “little”sister to Ruckomechi camp, all within the same concession.
- The concession is home to varied habitats that change from mopane woodland, to scrubland and open grassland areas.
- There are 4 chalets available if hired out by a private group, but a maximum of 3 are occupied.
- The luxury canvas tents are spacious and airy, furnished in a classic safari style. Copper wash basins and writing desks add a sense of old-world charm to the tents.
- Super stylish living spaces include a dining room, lounge and plunge pool all looking out over the river and landscape.
- A favourite past time of guests is to sit around the pool and watch elephants bathing in the waters in front of poolside.
- A central fire pit area circled with safari chairs provides the perfect place for after dinner relaxation and stargazing.
- The nearest airstrip is Mana West, a mere 20 minutes' drive from Little Ruckomechi. The camp is accessible via road/boat transfer from Lusaka or Victoria Falls.
- River-base game viewing activities aren’t possible within the national park, but can be done within the Ruckomechi concession.
Little Ruckomechi Safari Activities
Little Ruckomechi offers the standard safari activities synonymous with the typical African wilderness experience. This includes daily game drives in both the morning and evening, perfectly timed to take advantage of the predator’s most active hours. Bush walks take place in the camp’s private concession, offering an opportunity to experience the wilderness on foot. An immersive and educational experience.
Inside the national park, motorboats are not permitted. However, the private concession belonging to Little Ruckomechi does over river-based game viewing activities. There are sundowner cruises and also guided catch-and-release fishing activities. Canoeing safaris can be organised through Little Ruckomechi’s sister camp, but they need to be organised well in advance.
Found in the southern part of Mana Pools National Park at the Chitake Spring, close to the bottom of the Zambezi Escarpment. No facilities are provided at these camps, and only four wheel drive vehicles can access these camp sites.
Zambezi Expeditions is a classic tented camp set up on the banks of the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe's famous Mana Pools National Park. This magical area offers activities that include canoeing and tracking game on foot. Other activities include traditional game drives and fishing.
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