With the Zambezi escarpment nearby and the vastness of Lake Kariba spread out before it, the setting at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge is enough to take your breath away. Of course, it isn’t long before you catch your breath and are itching to discover the surrounding wilderness and its denizens. From game drives and nature walks and boat tours, you’ll have the chance to spy Nile crocodiles, lions, hippo, kudu, baboons, zebra and the ever-elusive leopard. Fishing enthusiasts can take to Lake Kariba and angle for bream, tilapia, vundu, chessa and cornish jack, and birders can scan the trees and horizon for hundreds of species including African fish eagle, saddle-billed stork and sacred ibis. Bumi has 20 front-facing rooms (10 Premium and 10 Standard), and all include en-suite bathroom, air conditioning, mini-bar, tea-coffee station and balcony or veranda. At meal times, delicious dishes can be enjoyed in the dining room or al fresco with a view of the shimmering lake. The elegant main lounge is equipped with TV, wildlife DVDs and reference books, as well as a full-sized snooker table. There is also a delightful array of facilities for virtually every moment and mood: an infinity pool, a terraced cocktail bar and a wellness spa, where you may have the sublime experience of watching elephants strolling by while getting a hot stone massage.