Chiawa Camp


Chiawa Camp blends in effortlessly with its idyllic surroundings and provides a retreat which guests are invited to make their home away from home, where guests receive the friendliest of welcomes, the biggest of smiles and where guests, who leave as friends to return time and again, experience the very best in Africa.


On the banks of the Zambezi River, under a grove of evergreen Mahogany trees, Chiawa Camp holds the prime position in the heart of Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park.


It is at this very spot where the Cumings Family first explored this area for themselves decades ago, where David Livingstone had ventured through nearly 150 years previously, and where in 1989 they created the very first photo safari operation in the Lower Zambezi National Park - and through their efforts what has since become one of Africa’s most desirable, sought after safari destinations.


A stunning thatched lounge/bar area with upstairs viewing deck provides one of the best views of the Zambezi whilst after enjoying Chiawa’s renowned cuisine on the al-fresco dining veranda, one can relax by the open camp fire with a cocktail in hand to reminisce of the day's adventures before retiring to the tents, each a sanctuary of luxury and peace to dream about what tomorrow may bring. Also available for guests' enjoyment and relaxation are two perfectly positioned game viewing hides and a plunge pool with timber sun deck overlooking the Zambezi.


Tents at Chiawa Camp


The tents all have timber floors and verandas with excellent views and are accessed by paths running behind them to maximize privacy. All share ample comforts, conveniences and unexpected luxuries such as free WiFi, 24/7 lighting and charging facilities (220v UK plugs), 24/7 hot & cold running water, king size beds, Egyptian cotton linens, his & hers washbasins, indoor and outdoor showers and ball & claw baths complemented by high quality, eco friendly amenities.


Completed in April 2009 these fabulous new safari "tents" take Chiawa Camp's accommodation to new heights, offering plenty of space and classic luxury yet utterly appropriate to the ethos of Chiawa Camp and the environment it strives to protect.


Taking inspiration from Grant & Lynsey's own bush home and from Chiawa's existing superior tents we are confident they provide the perfect balance of form and function, offering guests privacy, comfort, convenience and the finest tented accommodation in Zambia.


Views of the Zambezi River, a gorgeous split level timber deck with daybed and comfy locally made furniture make for an ideal mix of modern and timeless Africa.


All feature super-king size beds with Egyptian cotton linens and huge mosquito net, en-suite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers, a ball & claw bath and his & hers washbasins complete with Molton Brown amenities.


Activties at Chiawa Camp


The Lower Zambezi National Park, by virtue of the Zambezi River and its parallel escarpment, is one of Africa’s most scenic wildernesses, home to an impressive quantity and variety of wildlife that can be viewed not only on the more usual land based safari activities but also on a variety of water based activities and in the camps themselves.


Chiawa Camp is located in the middle of the prime wildlife and habitat zones of the Lower Zambezi National Park, allowing them to not have to travel far to see wildlife (which often visits in camp!) and you are usually headed back to camp by the time any other vehicles start finding out what’s going on.


Chiawa Camp offers activities including morning and evening game drives into the Lower Zambezi National Park, canoeing, boat safaris, catch and release fishing and the opportunity to feel Africa under foot on a guided walking safari.


Lower Zambezi


The rich and diverse habitat of the Lower Zambezi is home to a spectacular array of wildlife. Abundant water, food and shelter give rise to one of Africa's healthiest elephant populations, vast herds of buffalo, prides of lion, leopards, hyenas, jackals, hippos, crocodile, zebra, various small carnivores and omnivores, antelope and over 400 species of birds.


Although Africa is no stranger to conservation challenges such as encroachment and poaching, the Lower Zambezi National Park is one of Africa's best protected sanctuaries thanks to cooperation between the safari operators and Zambia Wildlife Authority through the charity Conservation Lower Zambezi which Grant co-founded in 1994 and of which Chiawa Camp and Old Mondoro are anchor donors.


As a consequence the Lower Zambezi will nearly always produce a first rate game viewing and birding experience, most especially when measured in the context of the scenery, habitat and variety of safari activities available.


Absent from the Lower Zambezi are giraffe and wildebeest which never occurred here, occasional wild dog sightings as these come and go (April/May and Sept/Oct are the best times to see them if you will see them) and no rhinos which were poached out in the 1970's.


What makes wildlife viewing extra special in the Lower Zambezi is the opportunity to watch many of these creatures often at close quarters from, in and around the river.


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