The flight in from Harare allowed us to get a feel of the Mana Pools national park before circling over Chikwenya seeing the hippos and crocodile in the river directly in front of the lodge before landing at the airstrip nearly. It gave us a good idea of what we were in for - relaxing informative walks and night drives, relaxing by the bar and pool or on our cabin balconies overlooking the river full of hippos. Chikwenya caters for both wildlife watching on land and from the Zambezi, and also has excellent fishing with three different boats with guides. We saw most of the game that are found in the adjoining Mana Pools national park.
The cabins are very well presented and fitted out with minor work underway to bring them back to excellent condition. The rooms are air-conditioned to cater for the hotter parts of the year in the Zambezi valley.
The meals were simple but filling and included a generous bbq on the lawn. Each night guests gathered at the bar overlooking the river to swap game and fishing stories. One night, sundowners with a range of prepared snacks were organised at a quiet part of the river down stream for the lodge for all the quests.
Overall Clint and Kaz, our very knowledgeable guide, made the stay memorable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chikwenya Safari’s manages a private concession on the eastern border of the World Heritage Site, Mana Pools National Park. In this way, we can offer access to 12000 acres of pristine wilderness and wildlife in Zimbabwe.Located at the confluence of the Sapi River and the mystical Zambezi River, Chikwenya Safari Lodge is a Luxurious yet homely destination surrounded by open floodplains, riverine forests, jesse bush and mopane woodlands with the Zambian escarpment forming the mountainous backdrop . ... more less