Properties: Kariba, Zimbabwe

Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

The icon of Lake Kariba was first established as a basic fishing camp 50 years ago and has been through several transitions, always retaining its acclaimed brand because of its superior hill-top location overlooking the massive lake and the passing parade of animals on the floodplains. It is doubtful that any safari lodge in southern Africa can surpass such a dramatic 180 degree vista - walk through the doors to the pool and you cannot help but exclaim WOW! Bumi was refurbished, re-built and revitalised in late 2009 as a five-star 20-room lodge that today attracts a string of international guests seeking idyllic remoteness. In 2012 Bumi was awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, a symbol of hospitality excellence for consistent and outstanding traveller reviews.

Bumi features 20 rooms - 10 garden (standard) rooms and 10 premium rooms, all en-suite, air-conditioned and with private terraces. The premium rooms all enjoy that stunning vista and it is not unusual to see elephant, buffalo and other wildlife parading on the shoreline. The dramatically-located infinity pool is the signature of Bumi as it overlooks the lake and shoreline, as do the bar, dining terrace, fire-pit circle, wine bar terrace and spa. Safaris are 4 x 4 drives, by boat or on foot with an armed professional guide. The elephants, the lions, the buffalo, the fish eagles, the tiger fish, crocodiles and hippos are ever present.

An air-conditioned quality boardroom for 12 awaits as does an air conditioned conference room that seats 60. As a venue Bumi has catered for several exquisite weddings for up to 120 guests, with the overflow of guests staying in luxury houseboats a few minutes away in the Bumi harbour. A safari experience at Bumi is exhilarating on its vast private estate while there are several boats and equipment for fishing excursions for the fighting tiger fish or delectable bream. Cultural interaction with authentic Tonga villages is also popular.

Apart from the exclusive and unique setting Bumi enchants guests with sunset cocktails and dinners on the shoreline and top-quality food.

The Zambezi Trader

A steel-hull pontoon-style 160-foot luxury ship (houseboat) moored at Kariba. The Trader can carry up to 150 guests on a day trip; 200 maximum as a transfer ship or can sleep 52 in 24 cabins on a cruise safari. It is ideal for groups, including incentives, weddings and small conferences and features a pool deck, lounge, bar and dance floor for evening festivities.

It is the ideal "floating hotel" to partner with Bumi Hills Safari Lodge for larger weddings and conferences. Bumi can cater for 120 but sleeps only 40 in 20 rooms.