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Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa

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Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewed 11 October 2014

We recently spent three glorious nights at Bumi Hils Safari Lodge and it was a great experience! The cuisine is first class from breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our wonderful guide, Maxwell was very professional and extremely knowledgeable and guided us for the drives as well as fishing on the lake. Game is not so plentiful at Kariba but being out...

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Catherine N, General Manager at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us - and we are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at our beautiful lodge, and the holistic Bumi experience, which is a sum of many parts - ranging from the extraordinary panorama from your room or deck, the glorious sunrises and sunsets, the peace and tranquility, down to the nitty...

Mooloolaba, Australia
Reviewed 22 July 2014

We spent a lovely couple of days at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge recently - our only complaint was that it was too short! The lodge is lovely with a wonderful view of the lake and a beautiful infinity pool near the dining area. Our rooms were large and comfortable and nicely furnished. The food was plentiful and delicious, and included...

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Catherine N, General Manager at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review of Bumi - I am thrilled that you caught so many fish! Madison is one of our outstanding guides whose love for the area he was born and brought up in is very clear in every aspect of his work. We would love to welcome you to Bumi again - maybe for a bit...

Harare Province, Zimbabwe
Reviewed 18 July 2014

I left my heart in Bumi. Staff were outstanding. Food was gourmet. Best time of year to go being winter. Recommend the Lodge put in a fitness centre as one can't help gorge on the incredible food. Sunsets overlooking the lake sitting by the fire at night was awesome. Thank you Bumi!

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Catherine N, General Manager at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa, responded to this review

It was only a pleasure to have you to stay at Bumi! July is one of the best times to come to Kariba - the weather is just about perfect, and its a real pleasure to be able to sit around the fire at night and stargaze when the sky is so clear.I'm so glad you enjoyed yourself so much...

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Reviewed 26 June 2014

This was an amazing lodge. The rooms are all situated along beautiful Lake Karibe. Stunning views from your room. An infinity pool with breathtaking scenery. Excellent buffet food served every day. Our group was treated to an evening boat trip out into the lake to have a glass of wine and enjoy one of the most incredible sunsets I've ever...

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Catherine N, General Manager at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa, responded to this review

What a heart warming review! We are so glad Bumi worked her magic on you - come back - soon! best regards Catherine.

Kiddy
Reviewed 20 June 2014

We have recently returned from Bumi Hills. What an amazing place to visit. This is such a well run lodge. Catherine and Mike are putting their own stamp on the place. It was so welcoming. The staff could not do enough for us and Rogers gave us a great time on the game drives and on the water. We kept...

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Catherine N, General Manager at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your lovely comments - we know that Bumi has worked her magic again when a guest leaves in tears...this truly is a remarkable corner of our beautiful country, and reactions such as yours confirm this. The morning spent with the elephant herd which had just moved into our area was unforgettable - they have set...

Lynton, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 28 May 2014

An outstanding hotel in a very special location, with beautiful views and sunsets. The accommodation is excellent, very clean and the staff are attentive and considerate. It was quiet during our stay (low season) and we were made to feel part of the Bumi family. Don't expect to lose weight at this hotel; the meals come thick and fast and...

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Catherine N, General Manager at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa, responded to this review

Thank you for your very kind comments and we were delighted to welcome you as part of the Bumi family! I will be sure to pass on your comments to Maxwell, and the entire Bumi team. The bird-life is quite extraordinary here - we have over 150 different species, as I am sure you noticed during your game drives! We...

Zimbabwe
Reviewed 21 April 2014

In the journey reaching it, you know you must going to a special place. Accessible by speed-boat / charter flight from Kariba, Harare or Vic Falls, Bumi Hills is a completely unique destination and the start of an exciting safari adventure. Walk in and be met by Catherine, Fiona and a million smiles and then first glimpse of the pool...

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east africa
Reviewed 2 March 2014

The lodge Is well located with excellent views. We saw elephants , buffalo and more from the main bar and dining area . The food was truly excellent for all meals. We had a room with a view over the lake which were very good. The beds , linen etc all excellent as well . The staff were friendly so...

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BumiHillsSafariLodge, Manager at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa, responded to this review

Thank you for your review with regards to Bumi Hills Safari Lodge and Spa and your positive feedback with regards the views, the wildlife, the meals, the staff, the rooms and the high standards that Bumi maintains. Having the chance to catch fish always does make it extra special! Especially in such a unique environment where you can often enjoy...

Laguna Beach, California
Reviewed 24 January 2014

Yes, Bumi is a beautiful lodge, great food and great beds, nice rooms, good sized....but you have to use a towel to get out of your room in the morning to break the cob webs. They have a guy hired who walks around with a feather duster on a long stick breaking cob webs all day. Going for game drives...

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BumiHillsSafariLodge, Manager at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa, responded to this review

All feedback positive or negative is always welcome and assists lodge management and staff. The Green Season in Southern Africa a special time of the year - with the rains, comes lush grass and thick vegetation, and plenty of grazing for the wildlife, lots of inland water, and new life in many forms . . . the impala drop their...

Harare, Zimbabwe
Reviewed 10 January 2014 via mobile

bumi hills is a massive improvement on what it was 12 years ago during the dark times in zim. the guys in sa have done a wonderful thing by investing cash here to get this old icon going again. the view is the best in kariba and pool is very well maintained. vehicles are new and well maintained. nick the...

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AfricaAlbidaTourism, General Manager at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa, responded to this review

Hi Andy, thanks for the feedback. Glad you rated us the best in your selection. :) Jonathan Hudson General Manager

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Restaurant
  • Free Parking
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  • Breakfast included
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Bumi - just a one-hour dramatic and scenic direct flight away from Victoria Falls - is a famous safari lodge that in recent years has been constantly upgraded to international five-star standards and yet retains its utter beauty and charm that, at its heartbeat, has the most sublime and astonishing 180-degree vista that has no peer in all of southern Africa. Perched on top of a small range of hills Bumi offers guests this panoramic delight, overlooking the massive lake, islands and game-rich shoreline, from the premium rooms, the dining deck, the bar, the fire-pit , the Africology Spa and from the glorious signature pool. Bumi offers 24 rooms - 14 Lake View premium rooms set a little in front of 10 standard rooms, all en-suite and fully equipped with modern amenities. Our local Tongan staff are renowned for their friendliness and delightful service ethic. Gourmet food is created to the highest standard by our dedicated team, headed by our highly interactive executive chef. Our activities are spearheaded by an experienced Zimbabwe professional guide, licensed to walk in the wilds with guests.. Fishing, 4 x 4 game drives, boat safaris, walks and visits to a traditional Tonga village are the most popular activities. Our exclusive wildlife area is home to Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo, Zebra, Hippo, Crocodiles, Kudu, Waterbuck and much more! More than 400 species of birds have been recorded. Visit villages where the Tonga people have maintained their age old customs and get a truly unique cultural experience. Discover how Bumi Hills work with the communities in the area and how the lodge protects its wildlife area with a committed anti-poaching unit. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa

Address: Bumi Hills | Lake Kariba, Kariba, Zimbabwe
Region: Zimbabwe > Mashonaland West Province > Kariba
Price Range: $938 - $1,482 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 24
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