we were right on the river, there is nothing like looking out over the camp while elephants quietly walked all around.

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Mana Pools, Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe

Chikwenya Camp

  • Chikwenya is a photographer’s paradise as it looks out over an open floodplain and the broad Zambezi River.
  • Surrounded by lush Mahogany trees the camp is shrouded in shade during the peak heat of the African sun.
  • 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.

Facilities include

Deck Pool Laundry Daily Excellent Bush Restaurant Bush Bar Extensive Library

Activities include

  • Sunset Cruise
  • Guided Birding
  • Day/Night Drives
  • River Boat Safari
  • Stargazing Safari
  • Guided Walking Safari
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About Chikwenya Camp

Chikwenya Camp is situated on the eastern boundary of Mana Pools National Park. The Camp looks over the floodplain and borders the Zambizi River making this a photographer's paradise with an idyllic backdrop of Rift Valley mountainous escarpment.

Surrounding the camp is a dense forest of Albida and Natal mahogany trees which provide a deep shade during the peak of the African heat, the Albida trees shed their protein-rich pods during the dry season which attract a variety of species providing them with sustenance.

The seven tents that make up the Chikwenya Camp are situated on low wooden decks with wooden walkways linking them to the camps main areas. Each section of the decking is positioned to optimize the camps prime location and give guests the ideal position to enjoy the passing wildlife.

Practical info

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Location

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.

How to get there

The remote Mana Pools National Park is located in the northern tip of the country, 388km/241mi from Harare and far from any human settlement. The park is mostly off limits to vehicles from November to April. Travel by 4WD is essential.
Most people fly into Mana Pools airstrip from Kariba, although charters can be booked from other destinations in Zimbabwe.
You will most likely enter the country via Victoria Falls Airport (VFA), a short distance from the town of Victoria Falls. Alternatively, you can fly to Harare International Airport (HRE) and drive from there. Your tour package likely provides for further transportation throughout Zimbabwe as arranged by your tour operator.

When to go

We recommend May to September for both canoeing and walking, before the heat really sets in around October. However, if you are able to tolerate temperatures over 38 degrees, you will be richly rewarded with the very best game viewing.

Important Information

Chikwenya is open seasonally between April and mid/late November

Children

Travelling with children

Children are welcome, family tents available as well as a children's menu can be provided.

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