Refurbished in 2019, King’s Pool nestles under ebony and jackalberry trees and overlooks the Linyanti River and an oxbow lagoon, the ‘King’s Pool’ – honouring Swedish King Carl Gustav XVI, who reportedly honeymooned nearby in the seventies. Totally solar-powered, richly hued in copper and teal, the camp offers eight elegant thatch and canvas suites, each boasting a spacious bedroom and lounge leading to a veranda embracing views of the picturesque lagoon and surrounds. The sumptuous common areas are stylishly set on expansive raised decks close to the water’s edge, perfect for watching all the wildlife dramas unfold.
Recently refurbished, Little Kulala entices with its adventures, its landscapes, its peace. Totally solar-powered, the new camp has cleaner, more modern lines than its predecessor, opening out more to the desert. Its 11 climate-controlled suites – each with its own plunge pool – honour the local geology, reflecting the surrounding grey and pink limestone in colour and texture. Each suite’s rooftop invites private sundowners and suppers, and a roll-out bed on a shaded sala is perfect for an afternoon siesta or starry sleep-out.
Six luxury tents perch like butterflies on the shore of Lake Rwanyakazinga. Approaching by boat, you soon ease into the camp’s intimate, relaxed atmosphere – most welcome after a stay in the bustling capital, Kigali, or after a vigorous gorilla trek in Volcanoes National Park. Earthy tones with hints of pink prevail, as does genuine Rwandan hospitality. Magashi’s warm and welcoming staff love sharing their traditional Kugisha supper with guests, accompanied by cattle-herding songs and stories. As you’ll discover, they have many to tell.
One of Mana Pools’ pioneer camps, Ruckomechi has been thrilling guests for more than two decades. Ten spacious and beautifully decorated en-suite rooms, including two family units, lie beneath the ana trees, beloved by local elephants for their nutritious seeds. Interiors are peacefully earth-toned, with hints of blue reflecting the river. The camp’s main area include a firepit for contemplation or story-swapping beneath starry night skies; a pool overlooking a broad sweep of river; an outdoor ‘bath with a view’ in a secluded, scenic spot; and the romantic Star Bed by a busy waterhole. In the words of a Ruckomechi guide: ‘…a little paradise on Earth, where the souls of nature lovers connect’.
NOTE: Ruckomechi is open seasonally between April and mid/late November.