Bumi is a historic Kariba venue where the staff do an amazing job under trying circumstances in a country facing many challenges, but possessing amazing natural gifts and attractions.
Rooms are excellent, massively spacious, with views unparalleled on Lake Kariba.
The pool/bar/restaurant area is excellent, and if you run out of evening options, they have a full size snooker/billiards table - old colonial Africa personified.
Game viewing is excellent, see below.
We fished on 3 mornings of our stay from boats, and had amazing success with bream (tilapia) - between 20 and 40 "keepers" (edible sized fish) which we enjoyed with evening meals, sub-size fish released, a wonderful way to introducing children to fishing. We fished off Starvation Island twice, on both occasions elephant entered the water 20 meters from our boat.
Bumi has an excellent little spa serviced by Chipo, a very competent masseuse and beauty practitioner.
For me the highlight was head game ranger Dardley Tafuruka, an enormously experienced and knowledgeable man who constantly surprised me with new and insightful information, and I grew up in the African bush veld. He was ably assisted by Max and Student, but Dardley is a class act - reason alone to visit Bumi.
The one area Bumi can improve is on their food - while perfectly adequate, it falls short of the quality one finds in South African lodges.
In 3 short days we saw (in no order of significance or rarity):
Elephant (approached our vehicle to within 4 meters)
Brown snake eagle
Great white egret
Saddle bill stork
Open billed stork
White browed sparrow weaver
Fork tailed drongo
Lilac breasted roller
African hawk eagle
Black smith lapwing
White winged tern
Grey headed gull
Cape turtle dove
Helmeted guinea fowl
Emerald spotted wood dove
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Bumi Hills Safari Hotel Kariba