The extraordinary natural spring on the Chitake River in the southern part of Mana Pools National Park, near the Zambezi escarpment mountains, is a life-giving source of water for hundreds of wild animals during the driest months of the year.
The small “exclusive” National Parks campsites at Chitake are popular with tour operators and self-drive visitors. However, since this area is exremely confined and remote and one of the truly wild places of the Park, it is important for visitors to be educated so that their behaviour and presence does not put anyone in danger, annoy other visitors or (most importantly) impinge on the wildlife and wilderness qualities of this wonderful place.
Sadly, there are all too often reports of visitor abuse at Chitake.
– Rubbish, toilet paper and campfire ash is left in the open, unburied
– illegal, off-road driving (especially in the riverbed in the vicinity of the spring itself) is evident from tell-tale vehicle tyre-tracks
– officially designated campsites are ignored by visitors who site themselves in areas which are dangerous and/or intrusive to wildlife accessing the spring.
In an effort to educate visitors about the National Parks regulations for this area, and to protect Chitake’s unique wilderness values, the group “Friends of Chitake”, through The Zambezi Society has created a list of Guidelines for Visitors in the form of a small A5 leaflet
We encourage readers to share these Guidelines widely via e-mail and Social Media.
Anyone who is interested in visiting Chitake Spring (or any wilderness area, for that matter) should be made aware of these regulations, and should also read the Zambezi Society’s RESPECT THE WILD Code Of Conduct for Visitors to Wild Areas, which can be found on our website on our Publications Page or on Wild Zambezi.