Wilderness Safaris opens Ruckomechi Camp, Mana Pools, Zimbabwe
Wilderness Safaris, the award-winning luxury safari operator has announced the opening of the rebuilt and revamped Ruckomechi Camp, located in its private concession in Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park, offering guests an authentic safari experience and exclusive access to a spectacular stretch of the Zambezi River.
“We are extremely proud to welcome guests to our beautiful new camp which still retains the understated tented luxury and nostalgic safari feel that is synonymous with Ruckomechi,” says Wilderness Safaris Zambezi MD, Ron Goatley.
Rebuild and redesigned by interior designer Mandy Langebrink, the aim was to ensure that the property is designed around the location. “We wanted to retain the unique view of the river and mountains as well as the elevation of the existing site from high waters,” says Langebrink, who has worked with Wilderness Safaris for more than 20 years. “Shade during the heat of the day is also very important and this site has lovely big Natal mahogany trees as well as albida trees that provide this.”
Comprising just ten spacious tented suites (eight of which have opened, with a further two family suites opening on 1st August 2016), the camp boasts the same wide-angled views of the Zambezi River and the dramatic purple-hued escarpment of Zambia in the distance. All the tents, as well as the central dining, bar and lounge areas face this evocative scene, often with an elephant or two included in the spectacle. The pool, star-gazing deck and outdoor ‘bath with a view’ add to the incredible camp offering. “The old camp had restricted main areas and thus with increasing the size of the central areas we also increased break-away areas where guests can comfortably relax, Langebrink mentioned. “We also wanted to increase the floor space of the tents as well as ventilation and improve the lighting within the tents.”
Subtle interiors were chosen for the guest areas and tented suites to ensure that the main focal point remained the sweeping views of the surrounding wilderness. “We used lots of blues in the guest tent interiors which were inspired by the beautiful deep-blue colours of the Zambezi River at sunset; these hues are picked up in the Trading Glass beads in the Lozi wooden bowls and the hand-blown glass vases on the console tables and desk, as well as the natural cotton linen denim scatter cushions,” says Langebrink.
“The coolness of the Zambezi River is reflected in the light elegance of the stylish interiors, with the blues offset by the light tones of the solid wooden furniture, all complementing the old African artefacts of the Turkana and Tuareg bowls and the rustic coffee table. Large leather sofas create the perfect space for relaxing in between game drives and the elegant louvre screens provide a sense of lightness and temporary style of the ‘old camping days,’ Langebrink adds. “The camp epitomises luxury in style; one that is totally in touch with its surroundings.”