Chickwenya Camp

With a breathtaking backdrop provided by the mountains of the Rift Valley escarpment, Chickwenya Camp is a photographer's paradise. Situated on the eastern boundary of Mana Pools National Park, the Camp looks out over an open floodplain and the broad Zambezi River. With so much to see and do, this spot should be next on your list! NOTE: Chikwenya is open seasonally between April and mid/late November.

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 7-tented camp, which includes two family units, all stand on low wooden decks and pine walkways link them to the raised main area which offers spaces to enjoy the scenery and passing wildlife.

Activities at Chikwenya are led by highly skilled guides, and include interpretive day and night game drives, guided nature walks, boating, catch-and-release fishing and canoeing. Access to the Camp is by air charter to the airstrip at Chikwenya, or by road (4x4 vehicles only) via Mana Pools.
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Accommodation

Chikwenya is a seven-tented camp which includes two spacious family units.

All stand on low wooden decks and pine walkways link them to the raised main area.

Dining & Entertainment

The lounge, dining and bar area are places of hospitality and relaxation, and a pool and deck offer alternate spaces to enjoy the scenery and passing wildlife.

Surroundings

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.

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.

Mana Pools National Park lies at the heart of the Zambezi Valley, a remote, beautiful place with spectacular views. The area offers large concentrations of buffalo and elephant, while predators such as lion, wild dog, leopard and cheetah are often sighted. Greater kudu, Burchell’s zebra, impala, warthog and common waterbuck can be seen on the surrounding plains and the grunting of hippo can be heard all day. Birdlife is superb, with numerous local specials like collared palm-thrush and racket-tailed roller.

Activities

All safari activities at Chikwenya are led by highly skilled guides, and include interpretive day and night game drives, guided nature walks, boating, catch-and-release fishing and canoeing.

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.

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

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

Sunset Cruise
Cruise down this stretch of the Zambezi to watch the sun setting over Africa.

Thanks to Wilderness Safaris for this amazing video of Chickwenya Camp.

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