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Digital Subscriptions > Travel Africa > January-March 2020 (89) > STAR BED, RUCKOMECHI


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Those who like their safaris rugged and rustic love Mana Pools in northern Zimbabwe. With glossy waterways and agile elephants, it’s a magnet for self-sufficient campers and canoeists. If guided safaris are more your style, but you’d still like a brush with adventure, treat yourself to a night at Ruckomechi’s romantic Star Bed. To the uninitiated, it looks alarmingly exposed: perched on a platform under the canopy of an ancient tree, there’s just a mosquito net, a ladder and a railing between you and nature in the raw. Worry not: you’re not far from camp, your guide will remain within calling distance and, in reality, dangerous animals steer clear.

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