Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

Set on a range of remote hills in one of Zimbabwe’s finest wilderness locations, Bumi Hills Safari Lodge is utterly captivating. With the Zambezi escarpment as its backdrop, this haven of serenity overlooks the eternal shimmering waters of Lake Kariba below. Not only is Kariba’s shoreline wildlife-rich, but the lodge’s proximity to Matusadona allows for the wildlife to freely move between the national park and Bumi Hill’s private concession, creating endless game-viewing opportunities, led by a passionate team of guides.

Each of the ten stylish suites boasts spectacular views over the lake and its surrounds. A truly immersive Zimbabwe wildlife experience, you will wake to the sound of birdcalls echoing across the water and uninterrupted vistas of the lake. Gaze out from the lodge’s infinity pool as it melts into the horizon or enjoy the intimate wine and dining terrace, and marvel at the fiery golden sunset for which Lake Kariba is renowned. Bumi Hills has its own 2-bedroomed private villa, the Baobab Villa, complete with its own living room bar and indoor and outdoor dining decks. The villa comes with a private butler, safari guide and vehicle.

With the lake as your playground, spend your days cruising on the water or meandering the surrounds on a walking safari. Venture deeper into the bush in search of fossilized dinosaur footprints or go on an enthralling game drive in search of the resident lions. Hop aboard the Lady Jacqueline to cruise Lake Kariba in style.

The ten spacious suites are thoughtfully appointed with all the comforts you expect of our luxurious Lake Kariba lodge. Each is replete with air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, battery charging points, mini-bar and a private viewing deck extending spectacular views of the lake and its surrounds.

Baobab Villa
Bumi Hills’  2-bedroomed private villa, complete with its own living room bar and indoor and outdoor dining decks is ideal for families. Offering a personalized experience, the villa comes with the services of a private butler, safari guide and a dedicated safari vehicle.

Game Drives
Lead by experienced guides, you’ll see magnificent wildlife indigenous to the area. Your guide will show you the hidden spots best for game viewing and give you an insider’s knowledge. With years of experience our African Bush Camps guides are known for being some of the best in the business.

Walking Safaris
Awaken your senses and discover all that the bush has to offer on a walking safari. Accompanied by one of our experienced walking guides, explore the wild for one to two hours. For a full day walking safari, a private walking guide will need to be pre-booked.

Night Drive
The private concessions allow for game drives after the sun has set. Experience the bush when elusive nocturnal wildlife awakens to hunt, forage and live their lives under the cover of darkness.

Hop aboard Lady Jacqueline to cruise the waters of Lake Kariba as you observe wildlife on a safari experience unlike any other.  
Choose from two unique experiences: a half-day cruise with a delightful lunch or extend your adventure with an overnight retreat. Lady Jacqueline can comfortably host up to eight guests. On the lower level, you’ll find two spacious queen-size bedrooms, each boasting their own ensuite bathroom. There are also two cozy bunk rooms equipped with fans – perfect for our younger guests. Make the most of Lady Jacqueline’s on-board amenities such as a refreshing plunge pool and a comfortable air-conditioned main lounge cabin. For optimal animal viewing, head to the top deck – also ideal for sundowners, reading, and card games. 

Cruise down Lake Kariba while your River Guide tells you stories passed down from generation to generation, tales of traditional fishing and the local people.

Lunch on Starvation Island
After a morning game drive, enjoy a delicious lunch on Starvation Island.

Private Dinner over-looking Lake Kariba
Enjoy dinner from atop the hills overlooking Lake Kariba. This iconic view is the undoubtedly the best in Kariba.

Spend the day cruising the water and taking in the gorgeous views. Try your hand at fishing for tiger, bream (tilapia) or vundu to be caught and then released.

Sunset Cruises
Encapsulating the essence of Africa, cruise along Lake Kariba at sunset and take in the wonderful African wildlife and aquatic animals in this incredibly majestic setting.

Bird Watching
Hwange National Park offers some of Zimbabwe’s best birding. Delight in the call of the racket-tailed roller or the kori bustard, and photograph the majestic Martial eagle. Or simply sit back and enjoy their beautiful songs.

Cultural Visits
Working together with the communities located in the areas surrounding where we operate gives locals an opportunity to be self-sustainable. By sharing knowledge there has been a decrease in the human-wildlife conflict. Take the opportunity to visit the locals and become accustomed to their way of life.

After an day in the bush, relax next to the camp fire and allow yourself to get lost in the starry night above. At night the stars utterly dominate the land; their brilliance and immediacy are totally arresting. Our guides have a growing passion in astronomy and are able to show you show you several star constellations including those which make up the Milky Way.

The Ngwana Club
From nature walks around camp and storytelling to cultural arts and crafts and cub club cooking classes, the African Bush Camps’ children focused Ngwana Club creates a fun and educational environment for children on safari.

The African Bush Camps Foundation identifies needs, skills and resources within communities and forges meaningful partnerships amongst stakeholders, creating opportunities to empower the communities and their members to become self-sustaining and independent, whilst also promoting conservation and community spirit.

In a campaign to continue to reduce our environmental impact, African Bush Camps provides every guest with a stainless steel water bottle that can be refilled with filtered water in camp. We have also moved all our camps onto solar power with backup generators where needed.

The African Bush Camps Foundation are building relationships and partnerships within Mola Village. Our first project in the community is to help develop the Mangwara Primary School. The school is currently lacking enough classrooms, furniture and textbooks.

Mayovhe Secondary School was established in 2014. Before this, learners were travelling 25km a day to go to high school. African Bush Camps with working with the school to help plaster classrooms, build bathrooms and obtain learning materials.

Partnering with the Precious Life Foundation, African Bush Camps offers young ladies 6-month hospitality and catering internships at our properties with the possibility of being offered permanent employment at the end of the internship.

We believe that one of the best ways to help people is through eduction. That is why we arrange workshops and exchanges with the local communities and key partners and educators.

Make your travels meaningful by using a small amount of space in your luggage to pack supplies that can assist the Mangwara and Kauzhumba Primary Schools. A small space can make a big difference.

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