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Chiawa Camp

Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

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© Chiawa It's clear that people are tolerated visitors in the Lower Zambezi
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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.

 

Accommodation:

9 vast tents on raised platforms, fully furnished

Experience:

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
Electricity:
12 volts dc all day power
Laundry:
yes
Rooms:
5 classic tents, 1 honeymoon tents and 3 superior tents.
Bathroom:
all ensuite with plenty of hot water and flushing loos. Indoor and out door showers and the roll top baths.
Open/Closed
15 nov - 15 April

About Lower Zambezi National Park and Zambia

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

Lower Zambezi National Park

Lower Zambezi National Park, in the south central part of Zambia, lies on the banks of the Zambezi River some way down stream from Kariba Dam and well below the Victoria Falls. The river is more than a mile wide at places and the current is generally languid as the river makes its way gradually towards Mozambique. Read more?

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Big game of a different sort - the vicious Tigerfish puts up quite a fight

Zambia

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.  Intimate (and often rustic) bushcamps, excellent local guides, beautiful riverine scenery and varied game and birdlife are the trademarks of a safari in Zambia. Recommended experiences in Zambia White water rafting the Zambezi Visit Victoria Falls on your safari to Zambia, Zimbabwe or Botswana to experience some of the best white water rafting and loads of other activities. See more and book Zambezi River island escapes These unusual lodges are all on islands in the mighty Zambezi River and are perfect for the start or end of a safari or while visiting the Victoria Falls. Find out more Bushcamping in Luangwa Valley Spoil yourself with a tailored walking safari in Zambia, walking from one small camp to the next through the game-rich Luangwa Valley. Find out more Family safari in Luangwa Valley A wildlife safari tailored to the needs of reasonably adventurous families in the South Luangwa, Zambia. Find out more Big game safari, lower Zambezi A safari to the Lower Zambezi that offers exceptional big game on drives, by boat or on foot. Camps and lodges range from luxury to simple bushcamps. Find out more Read more?

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