May 2016 – The rebuilt and revamped Ruckomechi Camp opened this month in Wilderness Safaris’ private concession in Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park, offering guests an authentic safari experience and exclusive access to a spectacular stretch of the Zambezi River.
“We are extremely proud to welcome guests to our beautiful new camp which still retains the understated tented luxury and nostalgic safari feel that is synonymous with Ruckomechi”, says Wilderness Safaris Zambezi MD, Ron Goatley.
Comprising just ten spacious tented suites (eight of which have opened, with a further two family suites opening on 1 August 2016), the Camp boasts the same wide-angled views of the Zambezi River and the dramatic purple-hued escarpment of Zambia in the distance. All the tents, as well as the central dining, bar and lounge areas face this evocative scene, often with an elephant or two included in the spectacle. The pool, star-gazing deck and outdoor ‘bath with a view’ add to the incredible camp offering.
Subtle interiors were chosen for the guest areas and tented suites to ensure that the main focal point remained the sweeping views of the surrounding wilderness. “We used lots of blues in the guest tent interiors which were inspired by the beautiful deep-blue colours of the Zambezi River at sunset; these hues are picked up in the Trading Glass beads in the Lozi wooden bowls and the handblown glass vases on the console tables and desk, as well as the natural cotton linen denim scatter cushions”, says Interior Designer and bush enthusiast, Mandy Langebrink, who has worked with Wilderness Safaris on a number of camps for the past 20 years.
“The coolness of the Zambezi River is reflected in the light elegance of the stylish interiors, with the blues offset by the light tones of the solid wooden furniture, all complementing the old African artefacts of the Turkana and Tuareg bowls and the rustic coffee table. Large leather sofas create the perfect space for relaxing in between game drives and the elegant louvre screens provide a sense of lightness and temporary style of the ‘old camping days’, Mandy added. “The camp epitomises luxury in style; one that is totally in touch with its surroundings”.
All safari activities at Ruckomechi are led by highly skilled guides, and include game drives, boating, nature walks, canoeing and catch-and-release fishing. The wildlife-rich area is home to large numbers of elephant, buffalo, hippo and eland, followed by predators like lion, leopard and wild dog. Birdlife is superb with numerous local specials such as collared palm-thrush.
Ruckomechi Camp’s star-gazing/fire deck, tent interiors and remarkable views overlooking the Zambezi River