Chikwenya Camp

Wilderness collection


 

Overview

Place: Situated on the eastern boundary of Mana Pools National Park, Chikwenya is a photographer’s paradise as it looks out over an open floodplain and the broad Zambezi River, with a backdrop provided by the mountains of the Rift Valley escarpment. 

Accommodation: The seven-tented camp is surrounded by a dense forest of albida and Natal mahogany trees, which provide deep shade in the heat of the day. The albidas shed their protein-rich pods during the dry season, providing vital sustenance for many species, particularly elephant.

Chikwenya’s guest tents stand on low wooden decks with pine walkways linking them to the raised main area. The lounge, dining and bar area are places of hospitality and relaxation, and a pool, deck and fireplace offer alternate spaces to enjoy the scenery and passing wildlife.

Purpose: As a private-access area neighbouring Mana Pools National Park, Chikwenya joins the park in playing an important role in protecting what is considered to be one of the great wildlife spectacles on the continent and in preserving a feel of real wilderness.

NOTE: Chikwenya is open seasonally between April and mid/late November.

Unique selling points:

  • Lies on one of the most beautiful stretches of the lower Zambezi

  • Remote, yet rich in both wildlife and experiences

  • Protein-rich albida pods attract many species, particularly elephant, during the dry season

Rooms:

Tent

The six-tented camp is surrounded by a dense forest of albida and Natal mahogany trees, which provide deep shade in the heat of the day. The albidas shed their protein-rich pods during the dry season, providing vital sustenance for many species, particularly elephant.

Chikwenya opened in October 2018 as a six-tented camp, with 10 tents (including two family units) available from April 2019. All stand on low wooden decks and pine walkways link them to the raised main area. The lounge, dining and bar area are places of hospitality and relaxation, and a pool, deck and fireplace offer alternate spaces to enjoy the scenery and passing wildlife.

NOTE: Chikwenya is open seasonally between April and mid/late November.

Family Tent

The six-tented camp (including a family unit) is surrounded by a dense forest of albida and Natal mahogany trees, which provide deep shade in the heat of the day. The albidas shed their protein-rich pods during the dry season, providing vital sustenance for many species, particularly elephant.

Chikwenya opened in October as a six-tented camp, with 10 tents (including two family units) available from April 2019. All stand on low wooden decks and pine walkways link them to the raised main area. The lounge, dining and bar area are places of hospitality and relaxation, and a pool, deck and fireplace offer alternate spaces to enjoy the scenery and passing wildlife.

NOTE: Chikwenya is open seasonally between April and mid/late November.

Activities & features:

Walking

It’s all about experiencing Africa on foot: along the Zambezi River, amongst the riverine vegetation and under the shady trees.

Canoeing

For the adventurous, canoeing down one of Africa’s mightiest rivers is a must.

Boating

Boating is a wonderful way of seeing large numbers of waterbirds and wildlife attracted to the river and seasonal pans.

Game Drives

Day and night game drives provide exclusive access to a spectacular stretch of the Zambezi River, its typical Mana Pools woodlands, the Sapi River and fertile floodplains.

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Reviews:

Luxury Lodge on the banks of the Zambesi
— Traveller 2018