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Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa
Ranked #1 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Kariba
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Pride of lions racing along side of our Cessna as we land on a dirt runway, a delay waiting for Elephants to cross the road followed by a pack of baboons...all this before we even got to the hotel. Delightfully small but has pool and fantastic view of the "hang out" hill in the lake, where all the Elephants gather daily. Each room, tastefully decorated,perched on the hillside, a balconies equipped with telescopes
Game rides, boat trips, fishing, etc Guides are outstanding1.

Room Tip: The higher the better for great lake views.
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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glenbyrom, Public Relations Manager at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded September 17, 2013

Hello to you in Mexico. Thank you for such a rave review of your stay at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa. Where in the world could you beat such a WOW WOW WOW arrival of seeing lions running alongside your light aircraft on touching down on the Bumi airstrip?

There are now about 15 lions, including several cubs, in the Bumi area and our guests are enjoying some spectacular sightings and, of course, photographic opportunities. I hope you had your cameras out and took some great photos? We would appreciate it if you would post these in our gallery on the Bumi Trip Advisor page.

From your enthusiastic review we feel certain you will spread the good word and that we might expect even more guests from your happy country, Mexico!

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Reviewed September 3, 2013

I have been going to Bumi Hills Safari Lodge since the mid '90's and was there a month ago. It has not lost it's charm and absolutely 'get away from it all' experience. It is truly away from everything and the rat race. Situated on an historical District Commissioner's site in the colonial times, Bumi is a hundred feet above the Lake Kariba, catching the beautiful breezes and overlooking the foreshore and Islands across the lake to the blue hills of Zambia. Indeed, one can see game on the foreshore and soaring Eagles floating past on the thermals. There are activities from Game Drives and Game Walks in the surrounding Matusadona National Park, or along the foreshore, to Fishing in the Lake and if you feel just like a total relax and chilling around the pool or a Spa and Massage and Pampering whilst overlooking the lake - it is all there. Bumi's Balm, will work it's magic and have you feeling totally serene in a few hours.

Room Tip: Ask for the Lakeview Suites !
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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glenbyrom, Public Relations Manager at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded September 17, 2013

Hello John. Thanks for your generous review that will surely entice more people to visit beautiful Bumi. We love your tag as "Bumi Balm"...very well worthwhile using in our promotional material as it really says it all about this idyllic spot on earth.

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Reviewed August 30, 2013

We stayed at Bumi Hills for two days and came away pining for more. It is a stunning location set high on a hill overlooking the massive Lake Kariba. The premium rooms overlooking the lake are just stunning and you could easily spend your day just sitting on the balcony and watching the mood and colour of the lake change. You can see elephants coming to drink at the water's edge from your room. We didn't spend much time in the rooms though, which was a pity since they are so beautifully laid out. Instead, we did a boat ride which was magical. We saw and annoyed elephants on the lake shore, got close to a big herd of buffalo and eyeballed several pods of hippo. Our guide Madison then took us fishing where we caught a whole lot of Kariba Bream before we settled in to watch the sunset. They say the sunsets here are special, but I didn't realise just how special until I saw one. After docking, on our way to the Lodge, we saw a magnificent male lion ambling along the middle of the road. The next day, we saw the rest of the pride, including 5 or 6 cubs - the highlight of our trip. Willem, who is the General Manager, then took us on a walking safari where we got close to a lot of animals. It was a wonderful trip and yes, the food was excellent as well. Thanks to everyone at Bumi for the wonderful time and great photographs we got!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, General Manager at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2013

Pining for more! That's special to hear. Thanks very much for your comprehensive review - I just loved reading the story of all those encounters. And well done on catching all those bream. You really were lucky in your sightings too. Next time you will have to come back and spend a little more time in your rooms, as they are fantastic. :)

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gm@saflodge.co.zw

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Reviewed August 28, 2013

Wonderful oasis on the banks of lake Kariba, the gem of Zimbabwe, no exercise room, but game walks can be arranged if need to exercise. Red sand beach was focal point for our son's wedding, loved the game drives with 3 different guides; all excellent! Food and drink good and reasonably priced. Staff personable and can work with soups or individuals for special attention. Our 40 th Anniversary occurred the day after the wedding and they arranged a special hideaway picnic brunch in a remote location with white tablecloths and champagne & a complete surprise!

Room Tip: Go for a animal named room, price is higher, but view is incredible on private patio overlooking val...
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, General Manager at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2013

What a wonderful occasion Margy. We really do love to spoil our guest when they decide to share special moments in their lives with us. We look forward to seeing you on your 50th anniversary too! ;)

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Reviewed August 27, 2013

Outstanding venue for a wedding with first class service. The food was superb. The view of lake Kariba from the resort is breathtaking. All the rooms are well furnished and up market .Thank you to Bumi for a memorable weekend.

Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, General Manager at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2013

Hi there, we are very happy that you enjoyed the wedding celebration at Bumi Hills. Yes, it is indeed a fantastic wedding destination - you are not the first to say it. Thanks for the great review.

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Reviewed August 14, 2013

Ok---first I want to say the view cannot be beat!! That alone is worth going! I thought everyone on staff was nice. But not over whelming welcoming. But certainly very nice. The food was average. Loved the room. Barely saw any game?? But someone said that was due to all the rain. It's a nice place and one due to its brilliant marketing team will continue to pull Zimbabwe hopefully out of the hole they have been in for so many years. But the camps I went to in Botswana blew it away service wise and food wise. There is no comparison. Trip advisor is great. But I recently went to a Resturant here in Florida they rated super high. And food was good but not excellent ! Bumi Hills is a beautiful place and I cherish my memories there.But hated coupons for the bar! That felt like High School! I love Zimbabwe and enjoyed Bumi--- but for sure would try a different place if I come back.

Stayed: June 2013
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, General Manager at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2013

Hi to you in Florida! Thanks so much for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with is at Bumi Hills. And I'm sure Botswana was also fantastic. We certainly do pride ourselves on the wonderful view, and yes, the lack of game you may have experienced is due to lots of water in the area. When there is lots of rain, the animals are no longer concentrated near waterholes as they can move around and find water anywhere. Hope to see you again soon, possibly at a different time of year.

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Reviewed July 26, 2013

My husband and I had 3 nights here in June, and loved every moment of it. The beauty spa was such a treat, overlooking the lake, and having a massage outside, sublime! Also had a pedicure on some very rough feet and they came up a treat after some hard work was done.
We loved the boat ride from Marineland, and also enjoyed game drives and a boat cruise. My husband also did a night drive - nothing was too hard to organise for the wonderful team there.

Room Tip: Pay more and get a lake view room. We had ellies walking under our veranda, as well as bushbuck.
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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BumiHills S, Public Relations Manager at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded August 4, 2013

Thank you in Darwin for your full-house of five stars and for such a generous review. Bumi was actually first created more than 50 years ago as a construction camp when the massive lake was being built and then became a simple three-star lodge. After several years of neglect it re-opened with its current new style and charm in August 2009 and thus continues to be the famous icon of Lake Kariba with the signature of THAT glorious view. We wonder if any Spa or Lodge in southern Africa can surpass such magnificent vistas. More significant upgrades are planned so I hope you will consider LIKING our Facebook page where we have almost 8,000 followers who all seem to take great delight in Bumi. Hayley Idensohn. Marketing Manager. marketing@bumihills.com

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Address: Bumi Hills | Lake Kariba, Kariba, Zimbabwe
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: $652 - $1,060 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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