Chete Safari Area is situated on the shores of Lake Kariba between Senkwe and Sengwa rivers in the Binga District of Matabeleland North. The place was named after Chete Island which is a Zambian island opposite the camp and the name was derived from the word “Chetu” which means cutting across sharply or suddenly. In this case, the Mighty Zambezi cuts across Chete Gorge.

The Safari Area which covers a total area of 1 581km 2 (land 1081km 2 , lake 500km 2 ) is a controlled hunting area with great fishing spots and boasts the reputation as one of Zimbabwe’s most rugged concessions. Because of the hilly terrain, the road network is not well developed meaning some areas are only accessible on foot. The vegetation is dominated by Miombo and mopane woodlands with sparse grasslands which allows steady population growth of elephants, buffaloes, eland and other plains game. Chete Safari Area falls under the Sebungwe administrative region and is part of the Kavango-Zambezi Trans Frontier Conservation Area (KAZA).


By Road

From Harare take a right onto the A5 towards Gokwe just before Kwekwe. At Gokwe take the Binga tarred road for 130km until you reach a T-junction indicating Binga to the left and take the dirt road via Siabuwa Business Centre until you reach a sign post indicating Chete Safari Area on your right and proceed for 53km to the park offices.

From Bulawayo along Bulawayo – Victoria falls road at 210km peg at Cross Dete turn off, turn right and proceed for 140km and turn right again at Siamuzuba turnoff and proceed for 55km and then take a left for 53km and reach park offices.

by air

Airstrip exists at Chete for private/charter aircraft. Prior permission to land must be obtained from Chete.

by boat

It takes an hour to cruise from Binga to Chete and approximately 6 hours from Kariba to Chete.


  • Wildlife
  • Hilly Terrain
  • Lake Kariba


  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Bird Watching
  • Game Viewing
  • Guided Walks
  • Boat Cruises
  • Beach Braai


Chete Safari Area is a hunting concession and as such accommodation is strictly for hunting clientele provided by Jimba Safaris

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Contact Details

Walter Kamujangwari (Area Manager)