Chikwenya Camp (Wilderness Safaris)

Mana Pools, Sapi

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Situated on a private concession at the eastern boundary of Mana Pools National Park, Chikwenya Camp 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 is a seven-tented camp which includes  two family units.  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 and deck offer alternate spaces to enjoy the scenery and passing wildlife.

The camp offers guests exclusive access to the lower reaches and mouth of the Sapi River as well as Chikwenya Island in the middle of the Zambezi. The varied habitat, from verdant riverine forest to floodplain grasslands, attracts a range of wildlife in considerable numbers. Key mammals seen include buffalo, elephant, kudu, zebra, waterbuck, hippo, lion, wild dog, leopard, eland and occasionally nyala, while species such as black-throated wattle-eye, red-necked falcon, eastern nicator, Narina trogon and Livingstone flycatcher make this a birder’s paradise.

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.

Access is by air charter on Wilderness Air (Zimbabwe) to the airstrip at Chikwenya, or by road (4x4 vehicles only) via Mana Pools .

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

Wilderness Safaris is widely acclaimed as the continent’s foremost ecotourism operator, dedicated to conserving and restoring Africa’s wilderness and wildlife. We do this by creating life-changing journeys for our guests in some of the most remote and pristine areas in Africa – and in so doing help conserve Africa’s spectacular biodiversity and share ecotourism’s benefits with the communities that live alongside these areas.

Behind everything we do there is a purpose; indeed, we have always been driven by purpose. Everything we do is aimed at conserving Africa’s wilderness and wildlife and including local communities in this process. Everything we do is aimed at creating journeys that change lives and inspire positive action.


Related articles:-

A slow and soulful Chikwenya Safari (Travel Blog Nov 2019)

Wild dogs settle into new home at Chikwenya (Travel Blog Oct 2019)

Unmatched Mana:  A journey of complimentary experiences (Aug 2019)

Zimbabwe's Wild Dogs/Painted Wolves:  a focus of tourism & conservation (Feb 2019)


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