Wilderness Chikwenya

Mana Pools

Rates Available on Request

Fast facts

  • Eco-friendly
  • No WiFi
  • Pool
  • Fan
  • Bush Walks
  • Child Friendly(6+)


  • Luxury tented accommodation
  • All meals
  • Twice daily scheduled camp activities
  • Local drinks
  • Laundry
  • Park fees

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.

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

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.

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.

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


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