Wilderness Safaris is returning to Chikwenya in Zimbabwe's Mana Pools National Park.
The new six-tented Chikwenya Camp, situated at the confluence of the Sapi and Zambezi rivers on the eastern boundary of the 4.2 million-acre park, will be opening for guests on Oct. 1. The canvas tents are erected on low wooden decks with pine walkways linking them to the raised main area. A lounge, dining and bar area offer a place of hospitality and relaxation, and a pool and deck and fireplace offer alternate spaces to enjoy the scenery and passing wildlife.
The camp is situated on a private concession, offering guests exclusive access to the lower reaches and mouth of the Sapi River as well as Chikwenya Island. The varied habitat, from verdant riverine forest to floodplain grasslands, attracts a range of wildlife, including buffaloes, elephants, kudus, zebras, waterbucks, hippos, lions, wild dogs, leopards and occasionally nyalas, while black-throated wattle-eyes, red-necked falcons, eastern nicators, Narina trogons and Livingstone flycatchers make this a favorite of bird-watchers.
Safari activities at Chikwenya include day and night game drives, guided nature walks, boating and catch-and-release fishing (canoeing will be available for the 2019 season, which will run from April 1 to Nov. 15).