Chikwenya Camp

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 is a six-tented camp, with seven tents (including two family units) available from April 2019. 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.

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

 

As of April 2019, Chikweyna will have a total of 10 tents, including 2 family tents. 

Each canvas tented accommodation is on low wooden decks with raised wooden walkways linking the tents to the main area. The tents have en-suite facilities with indoor and outdoor shower, separate toilet, single vanity basin and bath, canvas roll down blinds for all weather conditions, a writing desk and chair, luggage rack, indoor lounge area, mosquito net, tea and coffee making facilities (hot water will be provided in the mornings), charging station, and small veranda.

There is no air-conditioning, however, a ceiling fan is installed in each of the tents. Amenities include bathrobes, liquid soap, shampoo and conditioner, body lotion, insect repellent, shower caps, vanity kit with two cotton tipped swabs and cotton balls, tissue dispenser, washing powder (for smalls), umbrella, room spray and a mosquito coil are supplied in each tent. Individual canvas bags with padlocks (keys remain with guests) are supplied for valuables which are then stored in a central safe.

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.

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

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

LOCATION
Chikweyna is situated within the Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe on the eastern boundary

ACCESS – FLY IN BASIS
Airstrip Name: Chikwenya Airstrip
Duration to Camp: Approximately a 10 minute drive into camp, depending on sightings.

HABITAT AND WILDLIFE IN MANA POOLS NATIONAL PARK
Mana Pools National Park lies in the heart of the Lower Zambezi Valley, where the Zambezi River meanders for 300 km on its way to the Mozambican border. It is a remote, wildlife-rich trove offering spectacular views of the river, floodplains, the tree canopy and the mountains of the Rift Valley escarpment across the border in Zambia.

GAME VIEWING
Exclusive access to a spectacular stretch of the Zambezi River, including productive floodplain, permanent inland pans, the Sapi River and Chikwenya Island, typical mana pools ana tree woodland, ‘jesse’ (diospyros thicket) mopane woodland, other habitats and excellent concentrations of wildlife make this an exceptional area bordering the Mana Pools National Park. Key mammal species: large herds of buffalo, elephant, kudu, zebra, waterbuck, hippo, lion, wild dog, leopard and occasionally Nyala. Key bird species: black-throated wattleeye, red-necked falcon, eastern nicator, Red throated twinspots, livingstone flycatcher

ACTIVITIES
• Day and night drives in 05 x 7-seater open Toyota Hilux. Hot water bottles, blankets and lined ponchos are provided on game drives.
• Private activities available on request (subject to availability. Additional costs applicable).
• Water-based activities in 02 x 8-seater pontoons and 05 x 2-seater canoes.
• Whilst not predominantly a fishing camp, fishing is possible on a catch and release basis from the bank or by boat.
• Birding.
• Guided nature walks.
• Stargazing with a laser pointer.

CAMP DESIGN AND FACILITIES
• Lounge, dining and bar areas on raised decks, with raised wooden walkways leading to the guest tents.
• Pool in the main area with deck and loungers.
• Camp fire overlooking the Zambezi River.
• Guest toilets in main area.

ELECTRICITY AND WATER
• Camp operates on solar power with a 220V generator.
• 220V multi-plug adaptor charging facilities for mobile devices. Additional charging facilities (available on request) for the use of sleep apnoea machines (guests to provide own device, spare batteries, charging unit and adaptors).
• Water for showers are heated by solar geysers.

EXAMPLE OF A TYPICAL DAY
Morning wake-up and activity times vary according to the seasons, activities on offer and wildlife sightings.
• Early morning wake-up call.
• Light breakfast before departing on the morning activity.
• Return to camp for a meal and rest period.
• Meet for afternoon tea before departing on the activity.
• Return to camp – freshen up or meet for drinks, followed by dinner and thereafter, perhaps a nightcap.

CHILD POLICY
• Children aged 06 years and older are accommodated.
• For families travelling with children between 06 and 12 years of age, private activities need to be booked and paid for.
• Children under 16 years of age must share with an adult/s in the same tent.
• The minimum age for walking activities is 13 and for canoe activities it is 16.
• The minimum age for boating activities is 06 years.

LAUNDRY FACILITIES
Laundry services are provided on a daily basis (weather permitting) and included on the FI rate basis. However, as the laundry is done by hand, the camps do not wash any ‘smalls’. Washing detergent is supplied in the tent or available on request, for you to wash your own underwear.

 

For more information about Chikwenya click HERE.

Country: