Chikwenya Camp is 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.
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’s seven tents (including two family units) 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 and deck offer alternate spaces to enjoy the scenery and passing wildlife.
Our partnership (both financially and logistically) with renowned NGO, Painted Dog Conservation (PDC), helps to drive the conservation of this Endangered species in the Mana Pools National Park and surrounds. As part of the initiative, Chikwenya has built bomas to host wild dogs that have been relocated from Hwange National Park in order to boost the population in Mana Pools.
Wildlife At Chikwenya Camp
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.
NOTE: Chikwenya is open seasonally between April and mid/late November