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Wilderness Little Ruckomechi

Intimate, remote and romantic

Ruckomechi Camp, Zimbabwe

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At a Glance

This small tented property offers one of the most diverse wildlife experiences in Zimbabwe.

Indagare Loves

  • The cozy size of the camp, which can accommodate just six guests
  • The setting on the edge of the Zambezi river
  • The fact that animals really do wander into camp


Located in a private concession within Mana Pools National Park, Little Ruckomechi is a special camp set on the banks of the Lower Zambezi River with only three tents and a maximum of six guests. The tented property offers a spectacular view of bright green floodplains, a wide stretch of the iconic river and the Zambian hills behind it, providing one of the most memorable landscapes for photographing animals in all of southern Africa. Wildlife is so abundant here that guests often opt out of game drives, preferring to watch elephants and hippos from lounge chairs at camp or even their beds.

The heart of Little Ruckomechi features a deck area with sun loungers and a plunge pool, a fire pit for cocktails and a lounge tent and dining tent, both of which have been decorated with light colored fabrics, woven rugs, leather club chairs and African artifacts and objects such as carved wooden masks and cowrie shell necklaces. The effect is one of cozy comfort and a clear sense of place.

Each of the three guest tents has wooden deck flooring and sisal carpets, beds that are draped in mosquito netting and indoor and outdoor lounge areas that face the river. The his-and-her sinks and shower plumbing are copper and brass and the wooden desks and armories nod to campaign furniture, but with a sleek modern twist. As with all properties run by the Wilderness Safaris group, there is a strong focus here on sustainability and conservation, so all the rooms are solar powered.

Daily activities at Little Ruckomechi include morning and afternoon game drives but also walking safaris, night drives and water activities such as cruises on the Zambezi as well as canoeing and fishing.

Who Should Stay

Anyone who loves the wilderness and appreciates being in a remote area with incredible land and water activities, but not those who need to see the Big Five as Mana Pools has elephant, hippo and lions, but no rhino, giraffe or cheetah.

Who Should Not Stay

Big groups or those who need a gym, spa, air conditioning, Wi-Fi or family tents.


Indagare Impact hotels have been carefully vetted according to our Impact Hotel Criteria.

When a guest arrives at a Wilderness lodge, it becomes clear that they are but half of the clientele, while the wilderness itself is the other. There’s of course no concession on hospitality, but the purpose of the safari is more than just tourism. Every Wilderness lodge funnels up into a strictly monitored overall conservation plan that enacts meaningful, enduring initiatives for not just ecosystems and wildlife, but for people and local communities as well. Wilderness champions Children in the Wilderness, an education initiative, and the Wilderness Trust, an independent, dedicated fundraising arm created to extend the reach and capacity to support deserving conservation initiatives. In relation to operational impacts, Wilderness aims to reduce their carbon footprint by investing heavily in renewable energy and technology, and each camp is operated and monitored against very strict internal standards.

Written by Melissa Biggs Bradley

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