Wilderness Safaris - Chikwenya

Mana Pools

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.

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.

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Wilderness Safaris - Chikwenya
Location

Bordering Mana Pools National Park in a Private Concession. 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.

Scheduled flights with Wilderness Air or private charters from Victoria Falls, Harare, Hwange, Kariba and other parts of Zimbabwe into Chikwenya Airstrip and then a short 10 minute drive into camp. Road transfers from Harare can also be organised but it is a long drive.

Information

There are 7 LuxuryTents comprising 5 x twin-bedded canvas tents each with two three quarter beds and 2 x family tents (two tents each with their own en-suite bathrooms with a shared deck with a plunge pool).  The tents perch on low wooden decks and pine walkways link them to the raised main area. Tent features include:

En-suite bathroom with indoor shower, outdoor shower, indoor bath, single basin vanity and separate toilet
Canvas roll down blinds for all weather conditions
Mosquito net
Electronic safe
Tea and coffee making facilities (hot water will be provided in the mornings and on request)
Indoor lounge area
Veranda with a private outdoor sunken deck/seating area
Complimentary in-tent Wi-Fi
No air-conditioning, however, a ceiling fan is installed in each tent

Swimming Pool in the main area
Lounge, Dining area and Bar
Camp fire

Day and night game drives - a pair of Olympus binoculars is available in each of the game drive vehicles for guests to share amongst themselves whilst game viewing and may be requested from the guides
Boat Cruises, Canoe Safaris and Catch and release fishing
Guided nature walks
Birding
Stargazing with a laser pointer

Children 06 years and older are accommodated and there are two family tents
Families travelling with children between the ages of 06 and 12 years, private activities need to be booked and paid for
Children between 06 and 16 years of age must share with at least one adult in the same tent
The minimum age for boating activities is 06 years and for canoeing activities it is 16 years 
The minimum age for walking activities is 13 years

Chikwenya is open seasonally between April and mid November

 

Wilderness Safaris, Children in the Wilderness and many donors work closely with the schools and communities that lie on the boundaries of Hwange. Over the years they have provided everything from classrooms, clinics and libraries to stationary and equipment. Teacher training and establishing and supporting community initiatives are also part of this uplifting programme
In 2008, it was found that many children were getting so little to eat they could not even walk to school. Wilderness Safaris, its guests and Children in the Wilderness have since provided one meal on every school day of the year to the children of five schools on the outskirts of Hwange.
Wilderness Safaris also supports the Painted Dog Conservation Project. This initiative looks into the population status of wild dog in Zimbabwe as well as the human to wild dog conflict. Its mission is to protect and increase the range and number of wild dog through research, relocation, education and community involvement
 

Power Source is a combination of generator and solar
Wi-Fi in guest tents

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