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Reviewed September 4, 2019 via mobile

We have just returned from the most amazing trip at this lodge organized for us by Mandy and Dan of Safari True travel planners. The setting is gorgeous. The service, starting with Michelle, the manager, all the guides and other staff are fantastic. The tent lodging is spacious with every amenity we might need, including daily laundry. Besides the great service, the resident elephant, Warthog, the highlights are the setting on the Zambezi river and the exciting animal activity. In one day we saw 4 of the Big 5 (rhinos are not in this park). The guides are like professors, they are so knowledgeable. They know every detail of the animal activity and the birds and flora. We have fallen in love with this place and Zimbabwe.

Date of stay: September 2019
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Thank mugsylosangeles1
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Wilderness_Safaris, Public Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Ruckomechi Camp, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2019

Dear mugsylosangeles1,

Thank you for the beautiful review, we are delighted to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us as well as your time spent exploring Mana Pools. Situated in a large private concession in the heart of the Zambezi Valley’s Mana Pools National Park, Ruckomechi looks out from the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. It is a remote, beautiful place with spectacular views of the broad flowing river, the adjacent woodland and the mountains of the Rift Valley escarpment.

Bush regards
Wilderness Safaris

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Reviewed August 13, 2019 via mobile

My wife and I returned from 3 days of perfection. As novice Safari goers we were not sure exactly what we were getting ourselves into....we had heard wonderful accounts from friends who had been there before us but we didn’t want to set our sights too high.

Our expectations we blown away.

Let’s begin with the setting - sitting on the banks of the Zambezi looking out at the Kayira mountains with elephants and hippos grazing on the river islands. You can’t help but be moved.

The Safari - intimate 6 person tours with very experienced guides. Our guide Engelbert had amazing knowledge of the area and could spot a stationary mongoose at 300 yards in declining light.

When we found a small pride of lions late one afternoon Engelbert encouraged us to patiently wait. We observed the cubs playing, the lion mating and several post sunset bone vibrating roars...the corporate clock to get back in time for dinner just stood still. (There was no corporate clock - this was not a cruise ship - get it?)

We spent time with Elephants, Lions, Leopards, Hippos, Water Buffalo and saw antelope of all varieties, Wart Hogs, crocs, more bird life than you could imagine. This list goes on.

The folks at Wilderness know the number one reason why you are there - to Safari and they accommodate for your every need around this objective.

Rooms - awesome. Complete with shower open to the river (yes there is a fly screen).

Food - delicious!!. The braai was amazing as too were the vegetarian options offered. You will not go hungry.

Drinks - fantastic wines were available and the GnT for sundowners were refreshing. A wonderfully stocked bar is offered.

The Service - repeat after me....They Get It! They truly understand this is about your experience....for many a once in a lifetime experience (although you will want to return). Ivy and her team were dialed in without being in your face. There were so many small things that were taken care of, usually without you knowing at the time, that allow you as their guest to move at your pace.

I know I was moved by my time at Ruckomechi...I hope you will be too.

Date of stay: August 2019
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Thank DanielACD16
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Wilderness_Safaris, Public Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Ruckomechi Camp, responded to this reviewResponded August 22, 2019

Dear DanielACD16,

Thank you for the amazing review, it is indeed a goal of ours to make this time for our guests an amazing and life changing journey - we are sincerely touched by your beautiful words and will be sure to share your praises with the team in camp. We are glad to hear abot some of your great sightings with Engelbert and would love to see some of your photos too.

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Wilderness Safaris

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Reviewed August 1, 2019

Like the vast majority of others who have visited Ruckomechi, we too fell in love with this camp. With its stunning setting along the banks of the Zambezi looking across to the escarpment in Zambia, extremely comfortable and spacious tents, delicious food, outstanding guides and a staff who were so welcoming and made you feel like a close friend, we were truly sad to leave.

Memories that will never be forgotten include: having a shower whilst watching elephants feed only a couple of metres away; sundowners on the river bank, whilst watching the changing colours of the surrounds accompanied by the calls of hippo and birds; sleeping in the treehouse under a sky packed full of stars; observing at close proximity the mating behaviour of a pair of lions; seeing the elusive civet and genet and actually being able to get clear photographs of both of them.

Thank you to our guides Reuben and Temba for your incredible tracking skills and sharing so passionately your wealth of knowledge and expertise. Finally, a big heart felt thank you to all the staff for helping to make this such a special experience. We will be back!

Michael and Randall.

Room tip: Tents closest to the communal area may experience some noise compared to those further away.
Date of stay: July 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Thank Michael C
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Wilderness_Safaris, Public Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Ruckomechi Camp, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2019

Dear Michael and Randall,

Thank you for the amazing review, we hope you got some great photos and would love to see your pictures of the rare cats. Perhaps you can even enter them into the Wilderness Safaris Photograph competition launching soon. Please keep an eye out on your website for more information.

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Reviewed July 4, 2019

Our family LOVED our experience at Ruckomechi this summer. WOW. No words can describe how beautiful the setting is along the river with the mountains of Zambia in the background. MUNDUGO was our guide and he is EXCELLENT. Mundugo is top in his field as a guide and found great opportunities for us to view wildlife as well as educating us on the area. Michelle who greets you and is one of the managers was warm and welcoming. She and Natasha along with Patrick and Ismael ensured we were looked after and cared for. This is a gem of a camp and experience. The food was always delicious and everyone working there changes the setting up every day for you so it is like a new surprise every day. We will definitely tell our friends about this camp as it is not to be missed. Tent rooms were very spacious and decorated beautifully. Wilderness please take good care of our friends that work at Ruckomechi - they deserve it!! You have the best guides and staff.

Room tip: all rooms are great! even family rooms!
Date of stay: July 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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1  Thank melgh
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Wilderness_Safaris, Public Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Ruckomechi Camp, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2019

Dear melgh,

Thank you for your amazing review, we are delighted to read your wonderful words and cannot wait to share them with Mundugo, Michelle and all the amazing people in camp who make this such a special place. Situated in a large private concession in the heart of the Zambezi Valley’s Mana Pools National Park, Ruckomechi looks out from the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. It is a remote, beautiful place with spectacular views of the broad flowing river, the adjacent woodland and the mountains of the Rift Valley escarpment.

Bush regards,
Wilderness Safaris

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Reviewed June 4, 2019

The Lord designed a masterpiece when he created Mana Pools...the backdrop of the Zambia Mountains and Zambezi River is heavenly. We loved the majestic Baobab trees, euphobias and mopane woodlands. The view alone is worth the visit. I visited Ruckomechi Camp in June 2017 with my family of four (children ages 11 and 14). (I wrote this review on my phone and forgot to submit it.)

When we landed on the airstrip and drove to camp, we were wowed by the terrain. Ruckomechi features nice tents with stunning views along the Zambezi. For three nights, we stayed in a family tent and had the pleasure of viewing elephants and hippos near our patio. The hippos are quite loud at night! The bath along the river is wonderful...amazing view, candles, bubbles, and a guide withing earshot with a rifle.
The food was great...not fancy like Singita properties. I would describe it as delicious home-style meals.

The reason that I am not giving Ruckomechi a 5-star rating is that we had poor animal viewing (No wild dogs, hyena, cheetah, leopard, giraffe, or rhino), and they do not track for animals like other camps. In fact, I did not feel that they were really motivated to find the animals on our wish list. The service was good...just not excellent. For example, we were rotated around too much with the guides. As a family of four, we were guaranteed a private safari vehicle. On the first day, we were assigned a guide (Tongo) that did not speak English well...we could not understand him. The second day, we were assigned to a more experienced guide named Engelbert who just returned from recovering from malaria...yes, unsettling. On our last day, we had a third guide named Temba because Engelbert was assigned to new guests that needed an experienced guide to go into the national park. We did not like being shuffled around...especially when the other guides were not as experienced. During our stay, we opted for a canoe safari in lieu of a game drive. Since Engelbert was the only guide qualified for the canoe safari, we ended up with several other guests joining us. I felt safe under Engelbert's care and my children were placed in his canoe. (Note: When we spoke to our guide and tracker at Singita Pamushana about canoeing down the Zambezi, their faces were horrified. They said it was not safe and cited many deaths with territorial hippos attacking the canoes...plus the crocs. So, I'm not sure that I would do it again. But, we really enjoyed it, lol.) We also loved taking the pontoon boat for a ride and fishing...my daughter caught a tiger fish. Many hippos and huge crocs. The Zambezi is a wonderful feature of this property.

The heavenly terrain is worth the visit. If you book Ruckomedchi, then I suggest pairing it with other lodges with better animal viewing. I would return for the views and comfortable safari experience.

Date of stay: July 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thank Kara C
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Wilderness_Safaris, Public Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Ruckomechi Camp, responded to this reviewResponded June 11, 2019

Dear Kara,

Thank you for your wonderful review, we are glad to see how much you and your whole family enjoyed your trip with us. Canoeing along the Zambezi is a great adventure and while yes it is definitely for the more adventurous travellers - Engelbert is an expert at this.

Thank you again
Wilderness Safaris

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