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.

Lake View Rooms
Lake View suites are sublime with awe-inspiring sunrise-and-sunset vistas over the lake, historic Starvation Island and game-rich shoreline.

Baobab Villa

The Baobab Villa sleeps four and can be used exclusively. With sublime with awe-inspiring sunrise-and-sunset vistas over the lake, historic Starvation Island and game-rich shoreline.

 The Villa is a 2 bedroom, exclusive use villa with its own lounge and deck and includes a private vehicle and butler. The exclusive rate is based on 4 people sharing. The Villa can accommodate a maximum of 5 people, the additional person will be charged at the per person rate for the Lake View room.

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.

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.

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.

From February 16- March 06, 2020 Bumi Hills will offer guests a special treat at no extra cost, a professional ‘Photographer in residence’. Adam Rabinowitz will be joining guests in residence over the course of three weeks in secret season, an ideal time for photography. Dramatic thunderstorms, bright landscape and colourful migratory birds will all serve as the focal points to capture Africa’s magic. Adam will be giving informative presentations & workshops around the fire, as well as taking guests on themed game drives. Have you ever dreamed of going on a game drive with a world-class photographer and landing the perfect shot? This is your chance,  whether you are an avid or amateur photographer.

Adam will share some of his favorite shots and what went into taking them in the evenings during fireside presentations, and you will get a chance to put some of these ideas into practice on game drives with guidance from Adam. For keen photography enthusiasts there is an option to volunteer to be a photographic assistant on Adam’s more ambitious photoshoots which may include:

Back Light and Night Photography
This is where things really get interesting. African Bush Camps expert guiding and intimate knowledge of the area will help to capture what is normally extremely difficult to photograph because of the logistics involved.

  • Using artificial lighting to light up the subject in the blue hour, during Matusadona’s famous sunsets, or as a full moon rises.
  • Using a spotlight to backlight rain at night.
  • Side light or backlight on wildlife at night. Imagine ellies swimming through the petrified forest with dramatic backlighting.

Storm Chasing
Visiting Bumi Hills in February and March (during the green season) means having the unique opportunity to capture the huge Cumulonimbus clouds that often roll in over the horizon and the breathtaking sunsets that accompany them. Whether it is with a sundowner or camera in hand, you will get to witness as the light changes from gold to violet. For keen photographers, join in on a time-lapse masterclass.

Sunset on Water Photography
For this concept you will be traveling on Lake Kariba, the defining feature of Matusadona National Park. You will hug the shoreline in search for Africa’s big game in amongst the petrified forest that make this park famous. By shooting offshore, we can capture a dreamy infinite landscape where the colourful Bumi sky merges into the still waters of Kariba in the foreground.

About Adam Rabinowitz
While many wildlife photographers are in search of rare wildlife sightings, Adam’s focus is on creating iconic images that capture the spirit of Africa. He hopes that his work occupies a space in the hearts and minds of visitors long after they have returned home. It is only through this deep connection with Africa that people begin to understand the importance of protecting our wild spaces and working towards conserving it for future generations.

Adam’s work transports the viewer back to Africa in an instant. With his background in fine art, the African landscape becomes his canvas and the wildlife, photographic elements he “paints in” by waiting for the exact right moment.

Whether it involves driving for days along the 120km long Etosha National Park salt pans in the heat of summer in search of wildlife to capture against the backdrop of a thunderstorm as heat waves rise from the pan (see Palette Knife Zebras)

Or following a mating pair of lions for three days in Chobe National Park to capture an iconic image of the male as he longingly stares back at his partner (see West Wind).

This type of photography has more to do with executing a creative vision than with luck. It is about visualising a concept and then aligning elements in the field through technical skill. On this residency, you will get to experience this creative process first hand.

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