Mana Pools National Game Park, Zimbabwe

Wilderness Chikwenya

A luxurious camp of wood and canvas

An exceptional safari camp in Mana Pools

Located in an exclusive, private wilderness area on Mana Pools’ eastern boundary, surrounded by wildlife-rich woodlands, floodplains, pans, islands and rivers, sits Wilderness Chikwenya. A tented camp, sustainably constructed that delivers a high level of luxury and comfort through its stunning design, facilities and incredible attention to detail. Chandeliers are created with cotton and wood or strung with stones, large four-poster beds are swathed in white fabric (also acting as mosquito protection) and old-style lanterns light up the alfresco dining areas come evening.

The seven-tented suites (including two family units) are surrounded by a dense forest of albida and Natal mahogany trees, which provide shade in the heat of the day. The tents stand on low decks with wooden walkways that link them to the raised main area. 

The lounge, dining and bar areas boast beautiful views and with comfortable furniture including large sofas, as well as dining chairs and tables, these areas are perfect for relaxation. A refreshing swimming pool, deck and fireplace complete the camp’s list of luxurious spaces guests can enjoy. 

The camp includes daily wildlife viewing activities including game drives, nature walks, seasonal boating, canoeing and river cruises. Huge amounts of elephants are known to roam close to camp along with high concentrations of buffalos, 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.


Swimming pool

Dining and bar areas

Daily game drives

Walking safaris

Seasonal boating activities

High concentrations of elephants

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