A small camp that's big on luxury in Zimbabwe’s game-rich north

Wilderness Safaris’ Little Ruckomechi offers superb guiding and frequent elephant visits

Little Ruckomechi camp overlooks a wetland in Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park
Little Ruckomechi camp overlooks a wetland in Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park | Image: Dana Allen

Wilderness Safaris has operated in Mana Pools National Park – in Zimbabwe’s remote but game-rich north – for years, running its 10-tent Ruckomechi Camp. Last May, I stayed at Little Ruckomechi (wilderness-safaris.com; from $1,045 per person), a then brand-new private camp just downriver, on a bluff overlooking a broad wetland. It’s a testament to the power of intimate dimensions to convey great luxury: just three canvas-and-timber tents and two open-air living/dining areas dotted with comfy club chairs, deep sofas and stacks of great books, all bowered in the cool green shade of mopane trees. The guiding, this being a Wilderness outfit, is superb, but even if you skip every drive, you’ll likely still see elephants: they tend to amble straight through camp by the dozens en route to the riverbank to drink.

Elephants often amble through Little Ruckomechi on their way to drink from the river
Elephants often amble through Little Ruckomechi on their way to drink from the river | Image: Dana Allen
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