Overview

 

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.

The 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 moments

Positioned at the confluence of the Sapi and Zambezi Rivers, Wilderness Chikwenya offers an exclusive Zimbabwean safari experience within Mana Pools National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mana Pools teems with wildlife and begs to be explored. By foot, by boat or by land, you’ll soak in all the magic of this iconic area. 

 

STANDARD SEASON

From USD 1,630 per person, per night

PREMIUM SEASON

From USD 1,630 per person, per night

 

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

 

 

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  • Location

    This sublime seasonal Zimbabwean safari camp rests in a shady grove of albida trees, a favourite amongst Mana Pools’ elephants.

     

    Chikwenya is situated in a private wilderness area, on the eastern side of the national park, with views over the Zambezi River and across to the magnificent Rift Valley mountains. Wildlife wanders freely between Chikwenya’s seven suites, open from April to November.

  • Accommodation

     

    Exquisitely peaceful, Chikwenya’s seven elegant tented suites (including two family units with private pools) rest in a grove of shady indigenous trees, inviting elephants, stately eland, and an array of birds to the camp.

     

    In light tones of cream and beige, Chikwenya exudes tranquillity, an elegant space blending into the pristine wilderness.

     


     

    ROOM TYPE

    Standard Twin/Double Tent(s)

    (5 ROOMS)
    Wilderness Chikwenya epitomises a true bush camp experience, with the personal service, intimacy and warmth our tented camps are renowned for. Elegant and spacious tents rest in the shade of a grove of towering indigenous trees, inviting elephants, stately eland, and an array of birds to the camp. Decorated in light tones of cream and beige, Chikwenya exudes serenity.

     

    Standard Twin/Double Tent(s)

     

     

    Family Accommodation

    (2 ROOMS)

    There are two spacious tented family units, each comprising one main bedroom with a king-sized bed and one twin-bedded room, both with their own en-suite facilities. Each unit has its own separate entrance with a shared outdoor deck and sunken seating area – the perfect space from which to soak in the magnificent views. Each unit has a shared private plunge pool to complete the picture-perfect setting.

     

     

     

  • Facilities

    Family room
    Share unforgettable memories with your loved ones on a family safari.

     

    Pool
    Cool off between game drives in the riverside swimming pool.

     

    Wi-Fi
    Stay in touch with friends and family and share your safari sightings.

  • Activities

    Game Drive Day
    
    Game Drive Night
    
    Boating
    
    Canoeing/Kayaking
    
    Guided Walks seasonal or dependent on guide availability
    
    Catch-and-release fishing seasonal or dependent on guide availability.

     

    Game drive.

     

    Be on the lookout for predators and their prey.

     

     

     

    River cruise

     

    Putter along the mighty Zambezi River, sundowner in hand.

     

     

     

    Catch-and-release fishing.

     


    Feel the tug of a tiger fish, and the joy of release.

     

     

     

     

    Birding

     


    Scan the skies for hundreds of dazzling bird species.

     

     

  • Fast Facts

    Fast Facts

    RATING
    Classic Camp
    TYPE
    Lodge
    NO. ROOMS
    7
    SPECIAL INTERESTS
    Adventure, Birding, Fishing, Flora, Hiking, Indigenous Culture / Art, Nature, Relaxation, Wildlife

  • Highligts

     

    Chikwenya borders north-eastern Mana Pools, along a productive riverine belt, known for high concentrations of wildlife. Chikwenya sits at the confluence of the Sapi and Zambezi rivers, with magnificent views over Chikwenya Island and the breath-taking Rift Valley escarpment across the river in the background.

     

    Sacred Chikwenya

    Looking around Mana Pools, it’s not hard to see why UNESCO declared this magnificent national park a World Heritage Site. Exquisitely tranquil, it is a privilege to behold the pure wilderness and knockout wildlife sightings found in this remarkable corner of Africa. Revered by locals, listen to stories of Chikwenya, named for a beloved female ruler buried beneath a nearby baobab.

  • Cuisine

     

    Enjoy brunch under the sprawling shade of a Natal mahogany, to the chatter of monkeys and birds in the canopy above. Cold drink in hand, watch the wide Zambezi turn pink, reflecting the warm colours of the setting sun. The menu at Chikwenya heroes local Zimbabwean ingredients, cooked in the traditional way; over the coals, under the stars.

     

     

     

  • Why stay there

    The Camp offers a tranquil setting on the banks of the Zambezi River, combined with luxurious tented accommodation, exciting water and land activities as well as expert guiding.

     

    Chikwenya Island offers fantastic wildlife viewing as well as one of the most unique settings in Africa.

  • Getting there

     

    By Road

    Self-Drive into Mana Pools via Marongora office. Only 4 x 4 vehicles can access the camp.

     

    By Air

    Private air charter to Chikwenya Airstrip from Victoria Falls, Hwange or Harare airports

  • Mana Pools National Park

     

    Some of the animals found in this area.

     

    Chikwenya Camp borders north-eastern Mana Pools, along a productive riverine belt, known for high concentrations of wildlife. Chikwenya sits at the confluence of the Sapi and Zambezi rivers, with magnificent views over Chikwenya Island and the breath-taking Rift Valley escarpment across the river in the background.

     

     

    Elephant


    Mana Pools is famous for its tip-toeing elephants.

     

     

    Eland

     

    Africa’s largest antelope.

     

     

    Chacma baboon

     

    Resident Mana Pools entertainers

     

     

    Waterbuck

     

    Waterbuck are spotted at the river and waterholes.

  • Available Safari Journeys (Packages)

Tour Map

Google Map for Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

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