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Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa
Ranked #1 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Kariba
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18 reviews
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“Amazing luxury resort”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2012

We spent two nights at Bumi Hills. It was all you can expect from a luxury resort. Beautiful location overlooking the game park with all sorts of wildlife. Very comfortable rooms with supernice beds, showers and airconditioning. The game drives and booze cruise were great. Just sit back, relax and watch the game. Thanks for helping me see my first lion in the wild! She was impressive!
I was also impressed by the great care everybody takes of the environment and surroundings: guides will stop to pick up littering so the forest stays clean and Nick seems to know how to take care of guests as well as elephants and the general health of the game around the lodge.

Just one advice for anybody who might be crazy enough to drive by car over there like we did: the last 90 km will take you 3,5 hours. So just take the plane or boat to get to this beautiful, remote location.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Luke B, Head of Marketing at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa, responded to this review, December 12, 2012
Thank you very much for your very kind review of Bumi Hills and all our services! We greatly appreciate your comments and were so glad to be able to show you your first wild lion! Thank you also for your constructive comments about driving into the lodge.
Best wishes from Team Bumi!
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Portree, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2012

One of the most wonderful sensual experiences of my life was sitting in a little boat on Lake Kariba watching the sun go down, with an elephant strolling along on an island near by. The game drives, the rooms, the food, the enthusiasm and attention of the staff is unbeatable and we virtually had the place to ourselves.

It was an adventure to get there from the UK and we were very sad to leave.

Very highly recommended!! We were there in September 2011.

Room Tip: Go before everyone else catches on! September was good for sunshine and shade.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Luke B, Head of Marketing at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa, responded to this review, November 8, 2012
Hi Mark. Thank you so much for your review of Bumi and the colourful description of your stay with us. It was such a pleasure to have you and we can't wait to welcome you back again soon!
Best wishes from the Bumi team!
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Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

We had a great time, our guide was very experimanted, customer oriented, the stay was great, hotel clean, food we enjoy, service was nice and people very sympathic and at our disposition, thanks that was a great experience, I was waiting for many years to get there and really no regret and hope to do it again

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Luke B, Head of Marketing at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa, responded to this review, November 7, 2012
Thank you so much for your very kind and complimentary review of Bumi Hills! It is greatly appreciated by the the whole team. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and we would certainly all love to have you back again soon!
Our very best wishes from the whole Bumi Team!
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Dawlish
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2012

We thought being at na' ankuse in Namibia was the most awesome thing we had ever done - but watching the sun rise and set from a boat from Bumi Hills on Lake Kariba whilst watching the animals, or fishing was mind blowing
Congratulations to Nick and the whole team for excellent rooms, service, food and the guides for their professionalism and their smiles. Watch out for the dog - she makes the place feel like home.
Brian and Helen
England October 2012

Room Tip: Go for the premier. Waking up looking over the island on lake Kariba , with elephants walking along...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Luke B, Head of Marketing at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa, responded to this review, October 29, 2012
Hi Brian
Thank you so much for your great review of Bumi Hills! Your comments about the experience and the team at the lodge are extremely well received! We hop it will not be long before you come and stay again!
Our best wishes
Team Bumi
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Groombridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2012

We arrived at Bumi not knowing quite what to expect and were completely blown away by the place. Nick, the General Manager and all his staff without exception worked extremely hard to make our holiday extremely relaxing. The premier rooms look straight onto the Lake where the elephants wander backwards and forwards; the lodge was wonderfully quiet and the Ranger (Madison) was excellent - especially enjoyed his gin and tonics on the evening sunset cruise!!
Jackie R

Room Tip: If you can choose one of the premier rooms, although all rooms do look over the Lake.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Luke B, Head of Marketing at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa, responded to this review, October 14, 2012
Dear Jackie
Thank you so much for this super review of Bumi Hills. Your acknowledgement to our great team at the lodge is so well received. Thank you also for all your other really positive comments. We certainly hope to see you back again in the near future.
Our best wishes from
Team Bumi!
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Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2012

Friendly Staff - Informative Guide - Tidy Rooms and Great Food.
Where else can you drive to a lake shore and view Elephant, Croc, Hippo, Buffalo and various bird species, followed with a sun downer beside the shores of Lake Kariba.

Room Tip: Lake view rooms have a great view with balcony attached but you have to negotiate stairs.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Luke B, Head of Marketing at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa, responded to this review, September 20, 2012
Hi Sue
Thank you so much for reviewing Bumi Hills! We are so grateful for your feedback and the fact that you have shared your experience with Trip Advisor viewers around the world. We have carefully noted the areas where we didn't score full marks and will give strong focus on improving those going forwards.
Thank you again and our best wishes from
Team Bumi Hills.
PS Hope you will come and visit again soon!
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Dereham, Norfolk, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2012

Bumi hills was a complete surprise to us as we had know idea what to expect. The peacefulness of the place really surprised us and had we lived nearer it would be a regular de-stress destination for us. The cleanliness was excellent, and the fresh milk in the room everyday really was a welcome touch to us Brits who love our tea in the morning. The decor was modern and current, the room was spacious and the bed huge and very comfortable, we slept well at Bumi. The daily activities were nicely timed so as not to over do it and become stressful, drinks and snacks on the trips were also a lovely touch. Food was excellent and was over and above our expectations. Spa option was a great treat that was easily fitted into the day without becoming a disturbance to other activities. Staff very friendly indeed and front of house staff were excellent, welcoming and visible, which in a remote spot as Bumi made for a relaxed and informative point of contact without being formal which added to the welcoming feel.

Room Tip: The premium rooms had a better view and slightly more private but all rooms were excellent.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Luke B, Head of Marketing at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa, responded to this review, September 17, 2012
Dear Ivan,
Thank you so much for your detailed and positive review of Bumi Hills. We greatly appreciate the time you have taken to share your experiences with other potential travelers. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay and that you felt well looked after, relaxed and comfortable!
We certainly hope that you will be able to come back for a visit again soon!
Our best wishes
Team Bumi Hills!
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Property: Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa
Address: Bumi Hills | Lake Kariba, Kariba, Zimbabwe
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Location: Zimbabwe > Mashonaland West Province > Kariba
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Kariba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bumi Hills Safari Lodge and Spa boasts one of Africa’s finest wilderness locations with an elevated position on a range of remote hills overlooking the vastness of Lake Kariba. Bumi is situated near the North Eastern border of the Matusdona National Park and is easily accessible by light aircraft and boat, allowing you to be swiftly transported into paradise without the stress of a long journey. The safari lodge has a total of 10 rooms, all with views over Lake Kariba. All rooms are premium rooms with balconies and uninhibited views over Lake Kariba. There are garden rooms available too, reserved for guides and tour leaders, with slated terraces, set a little way back behind and on a level above the premium rooms. Taking centre stage is the beautiful infinity pool that seems to blend endlessly into the lake horizon. The pool is surrounded by intimate wine and dining terraces on different levels. The lodge interiors have been beautifully finished in a fusion of contemporary western and African styles. Bumi Hills Safari Lodge is situated on an extensive wildlife conservation area. Bumi Hills is home to lion, leopard, big herds of elephant and buffalo, as well as a multitude of different plains game. Guests can indulge in superb fishing in the lake waters surrounding the safari lodge with bream and the fighting tiger fish in abundance. Birding and cultural experiences (with the rich local Tonga culture) also abound. Bumi Hills Safari Lodge is a dream wedding destination – an incredible setting for a small, intimate event (maximum of 46 pax) whilst enjoying special time with family and friends surrounded by Lake Kariba and a myriad of wildlife! ... more   less 
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