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Wilderness Chikwenya

Place: Situated on the eastern boundary of Mana Pools National Park, Wilderness 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 combination of being a private wilderness reserve and offering river frontage means that our concession offers guests the finest safari experience in the Mana Pools area. 

Wildlife: 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 buffalos and elephants, while predators such as lions, wild dogs, 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, racket-tailed roller, western banded snake eagel, rufous-bellied heron, long-toed lapwing, and the enigmatic Pel's fishing owl

Accommodation: The seven-tented camp (including two family units) is surrounded by a dense forest of albida and Natal mahogany trees, which provide deep shade in the heat of the day. The tents stand on low decks, and wooden walkways link them to the raised main area. The lounge, dining and bar area are places of hospitality and relaxation, and a pool, deck and fireplace offer alternate spaces to enjoy the scenery and passing wildlife.

Purpose: As a private-access area neighbouring Mana Pools National Park, Wilderness Chikwenya plays an important role in protecting what is considered to be one of the great wildlife spectacles on the continent and in preserving a feel of real wilderness – a function that is recognised in its World Heritage Site status. 

NOTE: Wilderness Chikwenya is open seasonally between April and mid-November.

Unique selling points:

  • Located at the confluence of the Sapi and Zambezi rivers in an exclusive, private wilderness area on Mana Pools’ eastern boundary, the exceptionally photogenic Wilderness Chikwenya epitomises the national park’s UNESCO World Heritage status, earned through the purity of its wilderness, beauty and wildlife sightings
  • The area is a compact concentration of scenic habitats (woodlands, floodplains, pans, islands and two iconic rivers) teeming with thrilling and diverse wildlife
  • Particularly noted for its walking safaris, Wilderness Chikwenya offers a range of other exciting adventures: on land – walking, day and night game drives; on the river – boating, catch and release fishing; and sensational picnics on Chikwenya Island in the river
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