Pangolins are the only mammals in the world that are covered in scales…….????
The pangolin’s large scales are actually made of keratin, the same material of which fingernails, rhino horns and bird talons are made. The scales, which make up around 20% of the pangolin’s weight, are very hard. When threatened by predators, pangolins roll themselves into a tight ball and the scales act like impenetrable armour. Pangolins can also lash out with their tails, using the scales as sharp-edged weapons which can easily cut through the predator’s skin.
Bumi Hills Safari Lodge will welcomed its’ first guests in time for Christmas 2017. The incredible views and unrivaled comfort and luxury on the shores of Lake Kariba will enchant visitors and highlight this slice of paradise. 10 lake view rooms and 2 premium suites, furnished and styled with contemporary minimalism and African fusion, overlook the endless blue waters of the Lake and the game-rich shoreline below. Surrounding the iconic infinity pool is a main area that has been designed with both serenity and style in mind. The uninterrupted view from the bar and dining deck shows the best of the changing pink-to-red-to-orange skies and sunsets that Lake Kariba is famous for. The spa and gym at the lodge provide a place for guests to relax and rejuvenate, where safari-goers can unwind and look after both mind and body.
Guests are able to explore the unique Lake Kariba ecosystem in a multitude of ways from Bumi Hills Safari Lodge. On the lake or on the land, there is so much to do and see. From game drives and boating safaris; from adrenalin-fueled tiger fishing to walking safaris in search of fossilized dinosaur footprints; and from sunset cruises to experiencing the rich cultural heritage of the Tonga tribe during a visit to a nearby village, Bumi Hills is the perfect place to connect to and celebrate Africa in all her glory.
Below you will find some more information on Bumi Hills Safari Lodge, Lake Kariba, activities, lodge, rates and introductory offer as well as logistics to and from Bumi Hills Safari Lodge:
LAKE KARIBA AND MUTUSADONA NATIONAL PARK
Lake Kariba is the largest man-made lake in the world by volume and 4th largest man-made lake in the world. The lake was formed between 1958 and 1963 after damming the Mighty Zambezi River in order to generate hydro-electric power. There are many stories and legends attached to the dam construction. The name Kariba is thought to come from a corrupted version of the Shona word, Kariva- which means trap. The local Tonga people believe that the dam wall separates the serpentine river god, Nyaminyami, from his wife, trapping him on one side of the wall and thus the wall is doomed to break, as evidenced by the occasional earth tremors felt in the area. Tonga mythology believes that this is Nyaminyami trying to reach his wife, but when he can’t get through the wall he turns around with such fury that the Earth around Kariba shakes and rumbles.
Matusadona was proclaimed a non-hunting area on the 7th November 1958 before the dam was built. Located on the shores of the lake, the Matusadona National Park has ready supply of regenerative grasses as a source of food and an abundance of water from the lake, buffalo, waterbuck, zebra, impala and other plains game have thrived and with them, the predators. The lake is teeming with massive Nile crocodiles, hippos, herds of swimming elephants and exceptional bird life.
MULTIPLE ACTIVITIES TO ENJOY LAKE KARIBA, THE WILDLIFE AND LOCAL CULTURE
– Game drives on the Bumi Hills private concession
– Sunrise and sunset boat cruises on our fleet our private boats which offer superb water-based game viewing possibilities and epic sunset photography opportunities
– Adrenalin fishing for the quintessential Kariba Tiger Fish, which are pound-for-pound the world’s most ferocious fighting fish, as well as the many other species found in the lake
– Scenic lakeside walking safari or a walking adventure deeper into the bush to search for fossilized dinosaur footprints
– A cultural tour of a nearby village to learn about and engage with traditional Tonga tribal life
– Spa treatments and gym