Bumi hills safari lodge
The best of Africa
The stylish Bumi Hills Safari Lodge sits high on a hill looking down on to Lake Kariba, and is named after the private reserve where it’s located, which borders Matusadona National Park. It’s an utterly beautiful, soothing place, with glorious sunrises and views of elephants wading in the water below.
The 10 rooms, all in a row, lie on the same level as the bar below the main building; they’re accessed via a stone path surrounded by immaculate flowerbeds. The elegant décor inside follows the theme of the main buildings, in natural hues with carved crafts and baskets, and wooden furnishings throughout. Beds face the windows for those glorious lake views. Each room has dressing and desk areas, a sitting area, fans and air-conditioning, minibars, and terraces overlooking the lake. En suites have chic stone baths and twin basins. For absolute indulgence, stay in the Baobab suite – two similarly styled capacious rooms with an interjoining lounge and bar.
Unsurprisingly, the terrace restaurant overlooks the lake for more Kariba views. It’s friendly and informal, and serves meals of an excellent standard. Breakfasts are buffets with plenty of choice, and cooked options include tasty omelettes. Lunchtime salads such as Niçoise or avocado are fresh and crispy and three-course dinners might include halloumi and balsamic tomatoes, followed by aubergine stew and roast vegetables, and passion fruit panna cotta. Braais (barbecues) are cooked on the bar terrace with a selection of meats, salads and vegetables. Keep an eye out for cheeky monkeys who like to help themselves to breakfast.