As one of only a handful of lodges scattered around Mana Pools National Park, Little Ruckomechi offers a true wilderness experience within the pristine Zambezi Valley, and is ideal for adventure seekers looking to have plenty of this corner of northern Zimbabwe all to themselves. Mana Pools remains largely under-explored despite its abundant wildlife and beautifully diverse landscapes.
Located within the private Ruckomechi Concession, Little Ruckomechi is set close to the life-giving Zambezi River under the shade of overhanging ana trees – a favourite delicacy among elephants who love their protein-rich pods. This tented lodge is exclusive and luxurious, sporting an open-air design, a calming safari colour palate, rich natural textures and beautiful, local décor pieces.
Explore the grassy floodplains, woodlands and riverine forests of Mana Pools on game drives, birding expeditions, river cruises, canoeing safaris and guided nature walks. ‘Mana’ translates to ‘four’ in the local Shona language and refers to the four main pools that hold water throughout the dry season. These essential water sources along with the perennial Zambezi River support wildlife in the area, which makes for good year-round game viewing.
See plains animals like zebra, kudu, impala and waterbuck and top predators like lion, wild dog, leopard and cheetah. Elephant and buffalo are most often spotted enjoying the river, while the grunting of hippos can be heard throughout the day. The carmine bee-eater is the region’s flagship bird species, and you can also spot African fish eagles, pearl-spotted owlets, black herons, African skimmers and perhaps even the elusive Pel’s fishing owl.
At the main lodge there is an intimate dining room, a comfortable sitting room and a plunge pool all looking out over the Zambezi River. Little Ruckomechi is solar-powered but due to its location there are no Wi-Fi facilities, allowing you to switch off completely. As a small and intimate camp in pristine surroundings, Little Ruckomechi is conscious of placing as little impact on the environment as possible and keeping guest numbers low, ensuring an intimate and eco-friendly experience.