Together with local Zimbabweans, including John Mapondera and Joe Wright from Capmount Lodges, Wilderness Safaris has opened Chikwenya Camp in a private concession in Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park.
The camp comprises six canvas tents, erected on low wooden decks linked by pine walkways stretching along the Sapi River. Each deck offers sunken seating, gauze doors and outdoor showers to take advantage of the outdoors. A lounge, dining and bar area are available for guests as well as a pool and fireplace. The camp’s décor celebrates local art and culture by using handcrafted timber daybeds and beaded chandeliers for the lounge, made up of 15 000 individually rolled clay beads. Local women were contracted to crochet the beadwork used in the bedside lights and a local textile artist helped print the guest gowns.
Overlooking the Zambezi River and the Rift Valley Escarpment, the camp offers views for wonderful photography opportunities. Ron Goatley, Wilderness Safaris Zambezi MD says: “We are delighted to be working with Capmount Lodges to jointly manage and market this exceptionally photogenic area which we believe is one of the most productive and beautiful concessions in Zimbabwe.”