Access: Kariba, Zimbabwe

By air the best domestic gateways direct into Bumi are from Zimbabwe capital Harare, from Victoria Falls or from Hwange. In light aircraft each of these trips is just over one hour and the Bumi Hills Safari Lodge gravel strip is 1700 metres long with a 400-metre section of tar.

Bumi Air operates a small fleet of three aircraft – Navajo (7 pax), Air Baron 55 (5 pax) and single-engine Cessna 186 (3 pax) – while several other air charter solutions are available from such reputable airlines as Halsted Aviation, Wilderness Air and Executive Air, among others inside and outside Zimbabwe. Bumi is also easily reachable from Zambian capital Lusaka – a very short 30-minute flight to Kariba town to clear Zimbabwe immigration and then 15 minutes on to Bumi.

Several South African groups visiting Bumi have chartered aircraft and have landed in Zimbabwe’s second city Bulawayo to clear immigration formalities before flying directly to Bumi.

By road it is a five-hour journey from Harare to Kariba town and then a 1hr 15min transfer by boat to Bumi Hills. In the dry season it is possible (only in a 4x4) to drive from Victoria Falls to Bumi Hills but this is a rugged 13-hour journey only for adventurers.