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Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa
Ranked #1 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Kariba
Certificate of Excellence
Mareeba
2 reviews
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“Go in February for a unique experience!”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

We booked for a family group of 8 - for a week in February which is usually considered off-peak season. We were delighted to be upgraded to the premium rooms which are absolute luxury: tastefully furnished, well appointed, a comfortable king size bed under huge moquito nets and nice touches like freshly ground coffee for the in-room caffetiere and home baked biscuits to have with your morning cuppa!
The weather was warm but not oppressive and the staff went to great lengths to cater for all our needs. Meals served on the deck overlooking the lake shore were relaxed and delicious ; game guides were so friendly and interesting; tiger -fishing was exceptional; the spa was great for those of us wanting a little pampering out of the sun! Although the bush was quite thick following the rains, our guides, Willem and Madison, managed to find plenty of smaller things for us to see and we enjoyed close encounters with elephant and lion. It was very peaceful too, most days we had the lovely swimming pool to ourselves and we enjoyed the company of staff around the bar in the evenings. Definitely going back again!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, Marketing Director at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa, responded to this review, June 20, 2013
Thank you Marion for posting such a wonderful, heartfelt review on your experience at Bumi Hills.I can see that you come from a small town in Queensland, not from the rush and lights of a big city. Therefore the tranquility of the bush would have suited you.

Mareeba, your town, means "meeting of the waters" in Aboriginal. Bumi (Boo-Mee) translates to "Meaning of Life" in the local Tonga tribe tradition. I'm delighted life was so good for you and your family at Bumi. Glen Byrom. Marketing Director. glenbyrom@yoafrica.com
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Harare, Mashonaland East, Zimbabwe
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

An unforgettable break. We saw lions everyday, including a mom with 3 newborn cubs.
My 3 year old son caught his first fish, and I had great morning catching tiger fish
Our guide Madison was superb and very knowledgeable.
Pool area was a great respite from the midday heat.
Room was comfortable, spacious and had magnificent views of the Lake.
Excellent....

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, Marketing Director at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa, responded to this review, June 20, 2013
Hello Marcus. Apologies for this late response, but thank you for your generous review of your stay at Bumi. It smacks of great excitement and enjoyment, especially your son's first fish. Send us a photo and let's put it on the Bumi Facebook page for 8,000 followers to see what a champion he is! Glen Byrom. Marketing Director. glenbyrom@yoafrica.com
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Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Bumi Hills, Lake Kariba! Their Spa is excellent. The beers icy cold! Elephants most obliging for photo shoots!! In fact, all the animals were - even the resident Jack Russell!! Staff friendly, obliging, efficient. The New Years Party FANTASTIC - from Cocktails on the beach at Sunset to dancing in the heavily pouring rain at 01h30!! Caught tiger from 10 pounds up to 16 pounds!! Reserve a front room on stilts directly overlooking Lake Kariba - views are AWESOME!!

Room Tip: Choose a front room on stilts overlooking Lake Kariba!! We often say the room is not that important...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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BumiHills S, Public Relations Manager at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa, responded to this review, August 4, 2013
Hello Vivienne. Our apologies for only responding now to your very generous and enthusiastic review, but somehow it just slipped the system! However, "better late than...." Indeed, for those planning a sensational New Year then Bumi is THE place to be! I know it's late but it would be freat if you would load onto our Trip Advisor page some of your images of what sounds like a fabulous new year...and some of your superb tiger fish! Indeed, if you've got a few spare moments we would welcome it if you loaded a post of your tiger on our Facebook page as we have almost 8,000 followers and you might well encourage others to book 2013 New Year now!!! Hayley Idensohn. marketing@bumihills.com
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

Bumi Hills is an amazing , peaceful and serene safari lodge, which overlooks Lake Kariba. Our room was spacious, immaculate and efficiently air conditioned. We had breakfast on the terrace overlooking a waterhole, which was used as the gathering place for a range of game. Elephants were in abundant. Dinner was served on the same terrace - this time we watched the most amazing sunset on Lake Kariba as the animals had their last drink before dawn. Sitting with a glass of champagne by the deck around a huge fire and watching the gentle flickering of the flames made it all so relaxing and special for us.

My husband and I did some amazing Game drives, which were led by a wonderful Tonga guide - Madison. We learnt a lot about the wonderful birds of Zimbabwe, and spotting animal tracks etc.

We went on a Water Game drive in search of the White Rhino. As we sailed through the tight swampy river we discovered birds, and more elephants. Every turn we took revealed something new. Madison was so knowledgeable, and in tune with the surroundings that he was able to give us a full explanation and run down of the wildlife that surrounded us.

Our next stop was lunch at 'starvation' Island. Very ironic as a lovely lunch was served with champagne, and cold beers. We shared our lunch with the locals 'monkeys', who patiently waited to vacate their premises. After lunch we fished on the shore of Lake Kariba for bait that we needed for Tiger fishing. Fishing in this instance was such fun as my husband and I managed to catch at least 10 small bream each within half an hour.

The fishing trip on Lake Kariba was amazing. We watched the beautiful African sunset reflect it's orange/red colours onto the water. The fresh Kapenta (small sardines) jumping in and out of the water with their beautiful silver colours made it appear magical. The joy of catching a big tiger fish made the fishing trip worth while.

Staff at Bumi Hills were all happy, helpful, friendly, and always ensuring that we were happy and looked after.

Room Tip: Choose a room overlooking Lake Kariba
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Luke B, Head of Marketing at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa, responded to this review, January 7, 2013
Dear Grace

Thank you for this wonderfully well written and descriptive review of your stay at Bumi Hills. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope you will come again soon!

Our best wishes from all at
Bumi Hills
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
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Reviewed December 20, 2012

We stayed there at the end of our 3-week trip to Zimbabwe. It was quite expensive but we were told it was worth it and it was totally worth it. It is such a peaceful place, everyone is so friendly, the food is good and every activity was great. Do take the tour to go and visit a Tonga village. It is very authentic. The boat safari was so nice too.

We went for the premium room which has an amazing view but you spend so little time in your room that when I go back (because I know I will be back!) I will take the standard room.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Luke B, Head of Marketing at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa, responded to this review, January 7, 2013
Hi Nicarzani!

Thanks for this glowing review following your stay at Bumi Hills. We are thrilled that you had such a good time and so look forward to your return!

Best wishes
the Bumi Team
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

Bumi Hills is well located for peaceful views of Lake Kariba and the surrounding African bush veld. Staff are very friendly and attentive, the rooms are spacious and well appointed, if not a bit hot and claustrophobic, the doors and windows are closed due to Baboon problems and air-con only works after 9pm.
The general lodge lay out is spectacular and game drive and fishing activities excellent, we encountered Lion on more than one occasion. Meals are good but they could make better use of the lake fish resources on the menu. Overall a great 3 day getaway to combine game viewing and relaxing.

Room Tip: Pay a bit more for a lake view room, it is worth it.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Luke B, Head of Marketing at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa, responded to this review, December 12, 2012
Dear Jim,
Thank you so much for your honest review of Bumi Hills. We greatly appreciate all of your complimentary and constructive comments. We hope you will come and visit us again soon!
Our best wishes from Team Bumi!
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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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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
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Ranked #1 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Kariba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa 4*
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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