A picture-perfect paradise Chikwenya Camp is situated on the eastern boundary of Mana Pools National Park. The camp consists of 7 tents, including 2 family units that stand on low wooden decks and are connected to the main camp by wooden walkways. Surrounded by dense albida and Natal mahogany trees that provide shade during the heat of the day the camp looks out over an open floodplain and the Zambezi River. The warm and welcoming main camp features a dining area, bar and lounge, whilst a pool and outdoor deck offer an alternate place to relax and enjoy watching passing wildlife.
Elephant among many species are regular visitors to the camp during the dry season when the albida trees shed their protein-rich pods, providing a vital source of food. Activities at this camp are varied and include walking safaris, boat and canoe excursions, day and night game drives and catch and release fishing.
Please note: A seasonal camp Chikwenya is open between 1 April and 15 November (2020).
How to get to Chikwenya Camp
Mana Pools can be accessed by scheduled flight from Victoria Falls. You are met and transferred by road from the airstrip to Chikwenya Camp.
Activities at Chikwenya Camp
- Game drives
- Guided walks
- Boat cruises
- Canoe excursions
- Catch and release fishing.
Chikwenya Camp Highlights
- Enjoy the luxuries of this legendary tented camp
- Set in an exclusive and productive area of Mana Pools National Park
- Explore the Zambezi River and the surrounding landscape on foot, by boat, canoe and vehicle
- Embark on exciting game drives after dark
Below are some of our preferred tented camps and lodges in the Mana Pools region. Please contact us to tailor accommodation options to suit the style of your trip and your budget.
Secluded Kanga Camp sits next to a pan that is the only source of water available all year round in a very untouched inland section of Mana Pools National Park.
Little Ruckomechi Camp
Downstream from its big sister, Little Ruckomechi Camp features just three very handsome tented suites - ideal for a small group or family safari.
Set on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, Ruckomechi Camp has been a favourite with visitors to the breathtaking Mana Pools National Park for many years.
The following tours are private, independent and can be easily customised to suit your personal travelling requirements. Please contact us to begin designing your personalised Zimbabwe experience.
Best of Zimbabwe
This safari explores three of Zimbabwe's greatest highlights: Hwange National Park, breathtaking Mana Pools National Park and Victoria Falls.
Jewels of Zimbabwe
Explore the jewels of Zimbabwe, including iconic Victoria Falls, spectacular Hwange National Park and Lake Kariba set against the Zambezi Escarpment.
Mana Pools Canoe and Walking Trail
This thrilling safari provides incredibly close encounters with wildlife either from your canoe or on foot in Zimbabwe's stunning Mana Pools National Park.
Zambezi Canoeing Safari
Experience the excitement of canoeing down Zimbabwe's mighty Zambezi River encountering magnificent wildlife set against a backdrop of stunning landscapes.
Zimbabwe & Botswana
This trip combines Zimbabwes's stunning Victoria Falls and iconic Hwange National Park with Botswana's magnificent Okavango and Linyanti regions.
Why Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe offers amazing wildlife experiences, from the safari parks and reserves along the mighty Zambezi River and Lake Kariba to the vast wilderness of Hwange National Park. The jewel in the country’s crown is the spectacular Victoria Falls. The country has a long history and the ancient stone city of Great Zimbabwe gave the country its name.
Best time to go: The dry season (May-Oct) is the best time for gameviewing as the bush dries out and game congregates at the precious remaining waterholes. Late in the dry season, there will be much less water going over the Victoria Falls, whilst at the height of summer there will be a lot of spray and it may be more difficult to see the falls.
Culture: Zimbabweans are known for their rich culture, dance and music traditions. They are also recognised for their fine art and craft including basketware, pottery and the famous Shona stone sculptures. The two main tribes are the Shona and the Matabele.
Climate: Moderate climate (22°-29°C) though hotter in the Zambezi Valley and around the Victoria Falls where temperatures can reach 40°C. The dry season is from May-Oct when almost no rain falls and the days are warm and sunny. Nights can be very cold with sub-zero temperatures from Jun-Aug. Oct is the hottest month. Rain falls regularly in the summer (Nov-Mar/Apr) turning the bush lush and green.
Combine With: Zambia, Botswana or South Africa. Chobe National Park in Botswana is just across the border and can be easily reached by road from Victoria Falls. Zambia and the town of Livingstone is across the river from Victoria Falls.
Getting There: Fly from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls. Alternatively you can easily take a road transfer from Livingstone in Zambia or from Botswana. For an Edwardian-style, luxury rail experience travel by Rovos Rail from Pretoria in South Africa to Victoria Falls.
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