The ability to set up a romantic or a family lunch on an island beach under a gazebo… people don’t expect this in the bush…
Apart from the incredible view what blows people away at Bumi Hills is the level of luxury. Fine-wine pairing with dinner, our state-of-the-art vehicles, the ability to set up a romantic or a family lunch on an island beach under a gazebo… people don’t expect this in the bush.
Bumi Hills is an old soul. There has been lodging on this site since the late 70s when Bumi (which means hill) was a fishing camp. The lake is full of tiger fish. When it was converted into a luxury lodge in 2016 the owners chose quality over quantity. There are only 12 rooms and we are a team of 40, so we offer a very personalised service. We aim to make guests feel like part of the family, and we incorporate children into all of our tours and menus.
Bumi Hills overlooks the shimmering waters of Lake Kariba. The shoreline attracts plenty of wildlife and diverse birdlife. The first thing you see when you step out on to your deck with a coffee is a view of this inland ‘sea’ dotted with islands that stretches for miles.
Our guests have access to one of Zimbabwe’s finest wilderness areas. We are 10 minutes by boat from Matusadona National Park. Wildlife moves freely between the national park and Bumi Hill’s private concession, creating plenty of game viewing opportunities. The camp is not enclosed, which makes it quite special, and it’s not unusual to see warthogs, porcupine and mongoose wandering around.
The two seasons, dry and wet, keeps things interesting. During the dry season when the water levels in the lake drop it exposes fresh floodplains which produce rich grazing grounds for animals. This contrasts dramatically with other regions where grazing grounds are significantly depleted as the dry season progresses. Herds of elephant and buffalo and birds all come to feed on the Kariba riverbed – it’s a great time for wildlife viewing. When the rains do arrive there is once again beautiful green scenery beyond the shoreline.
Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Adele, who's travelled extensively in Zimbabwe. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember – the ranger who can show you the best game viewing and fishing spots on the Zambezi, the guide who’ll introduce you to ‘moonbows’ at Victoria Falls and the locals who’ll share their dinner with you.
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