Guests visiting Central African Wilderness Safaris’ Chelinda Camp and Lodge in Nyika National Park can now sign up for the Sangwala Trail – a three day, fully-catered trek, that spans across 43 km of montane grasslands and woodlands. The name of the trail, Sangwala is derived from a combination of the names of the two overnight camps; Sangule & Zungwala.
What guests can expect
Day 1- The hike starts from Chelinda Camp or Lodge (depending on where the guests are staying) and follows the road to dam 3 from where the trail cuts south west to Sangule which is the first overnight camp.
Day 2- The trail then follows the road to Lake Kaulime, from where it descends to the Zungwala River, which is the site for the next overnight camp. The distance covered on day two is 15km.
Day 3- The final day of the trail is the most strenuous part of the expedition and involves a steep ascent from Zungwala to the western edge of the air strip. Three streams are crossed during this sector of the trail and there is a choice of walking a distance of either 13 or 16 km on the final day.
There are many interesting features and sights on this trail and hikers can expect to see antelopes such as roan, eland, reedbuck, bushbuck and duiker. Zebras, warthogs and many species of birds could also be seen and if very lucky there is even the chance of seeing leopards, serval, porcupines and honey badgers.
What to bring
The Sangwala trail is fully catered with three substantial meals per day, as well as snacks and water etc available between meals. Tents, sleeping bags, ground mattresses and all camping equipment are provided. A hot water shower and eco (long drop) toilet are set up at each overnight camp. Guests are only required to carry a small day bag of personal essentials with them.
Cost of the trail per person: USD 350