Chikwenya Lodge, Mana Pools, Zimbabwe

Chikwenya Lodge, Mana Pools, Zimbabwe

An hour’s plane ride north of Harare, seven luxury canvas tents provide a base from which to experience Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park’s diverse wildlife.

hour’s plane ride north of Harare, Chikwenya is ensconced within its own private
concession at the eastern edge of Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National
Park, right on the border with Zambia.

More precisely situated at the confluence of the Sapi and
Zambezi Rivers, the camp’s provides a base from which to experience
the region’s diverse wildlife through game drives, bush walks,
birdwatching and fishing. Beyond that, there is happily nothing
much more to do here other than nap, read a book or eat, all while
indulging in the glorious views of the surrounding plains –
particularly at sunset, when the sky turns a deep orange and the
animals come out to play.


Part of Wilderness Safaris’ Classic Camp collection, Chikwenya
comprises just seven luxury canvas tents that are generously spread
along a wooden boardwalk which runs the length of the floodplains
and river. Timber, canvas and mesh screens provide the structure of
the tents, which open onto private decks – two with their own

– with sunken seating and views of the surrounding
grasslands. Inside, a sleeping area with a four-poster king-size
bed and a sofa lead to an open-plan bathroom with a stand-alone tub
and an indoor and outdoor shower. The company has sustainability at
its core, so there are no hairdryers, in-room fridges, air
conditioning or heating, but if you leave the mesh screen
uncovered, the breeze that flows through the tent will be more than
enough to keep you cool. Of course, there is no television or WiFi
either, but the entertainment is in the spectacular wildlife-filled

What’s for breakfast?

Pre-game drive, a light continental breakfast with tea and
coffee is served under the trees as the sun rises. An impressive
brunch spread – that includes options from a full English breakfast
to homemade hamburgers or delicious spinach and feta filo pies – is
served after the morning drive, either back at the camp or on
Chikwenya Island.

How about lunch and dinner?

Dinner is a communal affair served promptly once all the guests
have returned from their activities. The menu changes daily but
expect a variety of dishes from roast duck to hearty stews, made
with local ingredients. Afternoon tea, snack sessions and
sundowners with canapés mean you certainly won’t go hungry between

Is there a bar?

Everything at Chikwenya Camp is customised to meet your needs.
Sundowner by the campfire? Sure. Cocktail while lounging by the
pool? Why not. Evening game drives end with an aperitif in the
bush, followed by more drinks on your private deck as you watch the
sunset behind the Rift Valley escarpment. End your evening with a
nightcap under a blanket of stars.


Take advantage of Wilderness Safaris’ “disconnect to reconnect”
philosophy and laze poolside or on your deck, watching elephants
meander along the floodplains as you listen to the sounds of

Things you should know

Chikwenya is a seasonal camp that is only open between April and
mid-late November. There is only one rate, which includes
accommodation, all meals (including local alcohol), twice daily
scheduled camp activities, park fees and laundry.

Within a short walk you can find…

A glorious flora and fauna-rich landscape peppered with varying
wildlife from antelopes to crocodiles, hippos, and – if you’re
lucky – a lion or two.

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