Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa is a luxury lodge situated on a high hilltop overlooking the massive expanse of Lake Kariba - the world's largest man-made lake - and it's game-rich shores. Various game activities and excellent tiger fishing are on offer at this tranquil, exclusive lodge.
- Quiet, relaxing and scenic safari lodge and spa
- 180° spectacular views over Lake Kariba
- Tiger fishing lake
- 4x4 game drives
- Game viewing by sunset boat cruises
- Luxurious accommodation
- Excellent cuisine
- Pampering spa
- 10 premium rooms all with private look-out verandahs
Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa was moth-balled for a number of years during Zimbabwe's turmoil years. It was refurbished and re-opened its doors in September 2009. A few years later, it was totally revamped and upgraded to an exclusive, quiet and tranquil lodge perched on top of a hill overlooking Lake Kariba, offering 180° sweeping and spectacular views over this immense expanse of water.
The new configuration offers 10 Lakeview Rooms and 2 Premium Suites, all very luxurious and offering panoramic lake views. All the rooms are air-conditioned and have overhead fans with a solar-heated bath, shower, mini-bar and private verandah.
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The lovely deck with its infinity pool, cocktail bar, firepit and spa all offer fabulous panoramic views over the lake. For those who need their technology far from home, there are Internet facilities and satellite television. For others, there is a well-stocked library with games, a rejuvenating gym and a relaxing spa that uses Africology natural products to soothe and spoil you.
Activities at Bumi Hills
Activities at Bumi include game drives, walking, boat cruises and fishing, probably the most popular activity as the lake is a tiger fish hotspot. If fishing isn't your forte, there's a morning game drive and an afternoon boat cruise. For game viewing, the best area is the floodplains below the lodge when the water levels are low.
The all-year availability of water from the lake ensures healthy populations of buffalo, waterbuck, zebra, impala and other plains game along with the predators that hunt them. The lake is teeming with massive Nile crocodiles, hippos, herds of swimming elephants. The birdlife is exceptional.
Visits to the local Tonga villages can also be arranged.
The food at Bumi Hills is excellent – freshly prepared and with an interesting variety and beautifully presented. For those looking for a more romantic setting, there's alfresco dining and cocktails served at the lakeside.
By air - The most popular option is by air from Victoria Falls (a one-hour flight). It's a two- to three-hour journey by boat across the lake from Kariba town
By road - The road from Harare to Kariba is good and there are various transfer options available. Please note that the last 60 km to Bumi is recommended only for experienced 4x4 drivers.
Our take on Bumi Hills
Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa is a quiet, relaxing and luxurious lodge – a good place to unwind at the end of your safari itinerary. We were impressed with the high standards of their accommodation and dining. The staff is also excellent –from the guides to the chefs to the spa therapists who all set out to make sure you get the ultimate enjoyment from their little corner of paradise.
- Meals as served
- Teas and coffees
- Standard beverages
- Two scheduled activities per night of stay
- VAT & government tourism levy
- Premium brand beverages
- Spa treatments
- Shop purchases
- National Parks fees for water-based activities
- BHAPU Council fees for land-based activities
- Transfers to and from the lodge
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