With its exceptionally beautiful location on the floodplains that sweep down to the broad Zambezi, and views onto the dazzling Rift Valley mountains beyond, Chikwenya is noted for exceptional sightings from ‘your armchair’ in camp – not only for the ever-present elephants and diverse bird species, but many plains game seen passing through – sometimes even followed by predators.
Tranquil and exquisite, Chikwenya’s seven elegant rooms (including two family units) are situated amongst shady albida trees – much loved by elephants, often seen feeding on tiptoe – and glorious Natal mahoganies.
The convivial lounge, dining and bar area offers a place of shared relaxation, while the sparkling pool, expansive deck and fireplace is an inviting space for quietly enjoying the scenery and passing wildlife.
Mana Pools National Park lies at the heart of the Lower Zambezi Valley, a remote, beautiful place with spectacular views. The area is a compact concentration of scenic habitats (woodlands, floodplains, pans, islands and two iconic rivers) teeming with thrilling and diverse wildlife, where guests can look forward to spotting iconic wildlife – large herds of buffalos and elephants, kudu, Burchell’s zebras, waterbuck, impala and warthogs, and their predators, including lions, wild dogs, leopards, and cheetahs. Hippos and Nile crocodiles are abundant in and along the river.
Birdlife is superb with some 350 species recorded, including western banded snake eagle, rufous-bellied heron, long-toed lapwing, and the enigmatic Pel’s fishing-owl.
Wilderness Chikwenya epitomises a true bush camp experience, with the personal service, intimacy and warmth our tented camps are renowned for. Elegant and spacious tents rest in the shade of a grove of towering indigenous trees, inviting elephants, stately eland, and an array of birds to the camp. Decorated in light tones of cream and beige, Chikwenya exudes serenity.
There are two spacious tented family units, each comprising one main bedroom with a king-sized bed and one twin-bedded room, both with their own en-suite facilities. Each unit has its own separate entrance with a shared outdoor deck and sunken seating area – the perfect space from which to soak in the magnificent views. Each unit has a shared private plunge pool to complete the picture-perfect setting.
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.
It’s all about experiencing Africa on foot: along the Zambezi River, amongst the riverine vegetation, and under the shady canopy of albida trees. Venture through the wilderness in the safe hands of a professional guide. Look out for animal tracks, stop to smell the plants, take the time to admire the smaller often unnoticed animals.
Boating offers a captivating and immersive experience, allowing you to witness the abundant waterbirds and diverse wildlife that flock to the river and flourish around the enchanting seasonal pans. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the waterways as you navigate through nature’s marvels, encountering an array of captivating sights and creating lasting memories.
For the adventurous souls seeking unforgettable experiences, embarking on a thrilling canoeing expedition down the untamed waters of one of Africa’s mightiest rivers is an absolute must-do.
Relax and immerse yourself in the spectacular beauty of this pristine stretch of the renowned Zambezi River, while savoring breathtaking sunsets that paint the African horizon with vibrant hues.