December 2013 – Wilderness Safaris Ruckomechi Camp in Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe has introduced a unique, sleep-out option for adventurous guests on an outdoor deck overlooking the wildlife-rich Parachute Pan. Situated about 400m from the main camp, the Parachute Pan ‘sleep-out’ deck offers guests a truly intimate, up-close-and-personal wilderness experience and the unique opportunity of sleeping under the stars in the Zambezi Valley.
A large natural pan on the edge of the Zambezi flood plain, Parachute Pan attracts a variety of wildlife and anything can be seen from the deck, including elephant, buffalo, zebra, waterbuck, impala, kudu, baboons and good birdlife. Lion, leopard and wild dog have also been seen at the pan, and guests enjoying the sleep-out experience will be treated to a range of night sounds as they drift off to sleep, as well as an array of sightings as they wake up to a beautiful sunrise over the pan.
An outdoor suite will be set up on the deck, complete with comfortable bed, mosquito net, sitting area and a flush toilet. A highly qualified guide will stay in a tent nearby to ensure the guests’ safety at all times and in case they need any assistance during the night. All needs will be catered for, including a romantic dinner for two on the deck or a delicious breakfast the morning after, to ensure that this is the best sleep-out experience in the park.
Ruckomechi Camp lies on the banks of the Zambezi River and comprises ten spacious en-suite tents. It is situated within the only private-use concession in Mana Pools National Park, offering guests exclusive access to a spectacular stretch of the Zambezi River. Activities include wildlife viewing in open 4x4 vehicles, on motorised pontoon boats, on foot and in canoes from which guests can view large numbers of elephant, buffalo, hippo and eland. Predators such as lion, leopard and wild dog are all found in the area and birdlife is abundant.
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