We received the warmest welcome at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge with song and dance, and were quickly shown down to the bar area upon arrival. After a quick
briefing on the lodge and the changes that have recently been made to the lodge, we enjoying THE best G&T I have ever had!
Waking up the next morning to be able to slide open the sliding door and climb back into bed to enjoy that view was probably one of the most awesome moments. Sipping your first morning coffee with that view of the vast water mass in front of you, with the accompaniment of the fish eagles calls from a little way off, definitely was goosebumps stuff.
I had never fished before (don’t judge!) so although I headed off on the first fishing boat of the morning, it wasn’t my plan to even bait-up, but rather to just enjoy the scenery, and catch a bit of rays on the skin. However after the first bite, I had to admit I was "hooked". What a treat to be out there on the water of Lake Kariba, watching fish eagles fly above, hippos alongside, elephants on the banks, and just have time to be quiet, think, mediate on life, and enjoy the company of those around me.
We had some time to freshen up after our fishing expedition, and then headed off to lunch, which was a lovely surprise. Arriving onto Starvation Island, with the most comfortable setup, is honestly quite breathtaking. This will be a highlight for many guests travelling to Bumi, I am certain. I returned to the lodge to enjoy the swimming pool for the remainder of the afternoon. Many were treated to a massage and others enjoyed the comforts of their bedrooms, but that swimming pool and its view was my heaven.
Dinner was set up on the “beach” down near the water. A massive bonfire, and singing and dancing staff were the perfect mix of warm hospitality, especially as these are aspects now very few lodges still offer in the movement to be more modern – yet this is exactly what makes dinning in the African bush, under the stars so unique and special - These personal and “back to basics” experiences are what you remember forever: Kicking some logs and clapping their hands to the beats of their tunes. Those are special moments that make you forget about (not so) “real” life.
I can’t wait to go back!