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Chiawa Camp

Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

3/5 It's clear that people are tolerated visitors in the Lower Zambezi
© Chiawa It's clear that people are tolerated visitors in the Lower Zambezi

Wildlife immersion, both on land and on the river

There can't be many places where you'll need to use your binoculars the wrong way round to see the elephants.  Along with buffalo and hippo, the camp's regular visitors include a number of elephant who have become such frequent guests that they are known by name.  It seems as though the wildlife of the Lower Zambezi merely tolerate the presence of people in their midst and carry on life regardless.  It's hard to argue, and it certainly provides unique mealtime entertainment.

Chiawa is a luxury camp which offers superb wildlife experiences.  It is plumb in the middle of one of Zambia's best pieces of game real-estate and all the resources are made available for you to enjoy the diversity literally on your doorstep.  Game and night drives are the best ways to encounter the big game and make for excellent photo opportunities.  Walks, sunset cruises on the Zambezi, canoing and fishing for tiger or bream are also among the destractions.

The guides at Chiawa have earned a reputation for excellence and the staff as a whole are professional and friendly.  The camp was one of the first in this area and the Cumings family who still own it have a long family history here.  From the exciting game drives to floating lunches on the pontoon, lazy indulgent baths and huge beds, this is an all-round luxury wildlife experience.

There is a great deal to do around the Lower Zambezi so it's wise to allow for at least 3-4 nights here.  Chiawa combines well with the South Luanga National Park and Livingstone or Kafue for those seeking a more remote experience.  For slightly more low-key Lower Zam experiences, have a look at Chongwe River Camp or Ol Mondoro.


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All those wonderful moments,,, from the early morning porridge bubbling on the fire, the animal sightings to mention some, from Wart Hogs to Civets, PuKus to Elans, Lions Leopards Giraffes, Elephants Zebras, mongoose, jackals, the Pell Owl, those many, many beautiful birds, the call of the Fish Eagle the croaking frogs, the cheeping crickets, the honking hippos and the night calls of the lion and the hyeana. That wonderful night sky and the noise of the night.

JL & RH, Oct 2011


9 vast tents on raised platforms, fully furnished


Wildlife immersion, both on land and on the river

Inclusions / Exclusions:

Includes full board accommodation, scheduled activities, soft drinks, beer, house wines and local spirits, park fees where applicable.  Does not include special activities, premium wines, champagne and spirits, gratuities, items of a personal nature.

Age Restrictions:
Minimum age is 8
12 volts dc all day power
5 classic tents, 1 honeymoon tents and 3 superior tents.
all ensuite with plenty of hot water and flushing loos. Indoor and out door showers and the roll top baths.
15 nov - 15 April

About Lower Zambezi National Park and Zambia

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4/5 Acacia pods are an irresistable treat for elephant
Acacia pods are an irresistable treat for elephant
5/5 Big game of a different sort - the vicious Tigerfish puts up quite a fight
Big game of a different sort - the vicious Tigerfish puts up quite a fight

Lower Zambezi National Park

The Lower Zambezi National Park is a late starter and a fast developer. Only gazetted in 1980 (all Zambia's other parks have a pre-independence history) it's perhaps precisely because the safari operators here don't feel the need to doff-their-caps to any bygone legacy that the camps have evolved independently from a standard model with a style and panache that has been making waves far beyond Zambia's borders. Read more?

3/5 The mighty Victoria Falls thunders over 100m down, sending spry hundreds of metres into the air
The mighty Victoria Falls thunders over 100m down, sending spry hundreds of metres into the air


Zambia has made a name for itself in the last ten years, as a high quality wildlife destination and one that is particularly good for walking safaris.  Simple, but outstanding bushcamps, excellent local guides, beautiful riverine scenery and varied game and birdlife are the trademarks of a safari in Zambia. Read more?

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Rod Tether

Born in Uganda and guiding since the age of 17, Rod is recognised as one of Africa’s leading safari guides. His spiritual home remains Zambia's North Luangwa where he and his wife Guz created and ran the fabulous Kutandala Camp. Since then he’s been...

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