Chiawa Camp is located on the banks of the Zambezi River, in the heart of the Lower Zambezi National Park. The thatched and tented camp is shaded by a forest of mahogany and acacia trees and enjoys marvellous views over the Zambezi River Valley. Set out on day and night game drives, and guided walks to view lion, leopard and buffalo.

Embark on river cruises or canoeing excursions to view elephant and hippo at close quarters. Anglers will have the opportunity to experience the thrill of catching (and releasing) the famous tiger fish. Alternatively, relax on the deck of your tent or in the camp's observation deck to observe the wildlife.

Chiawa has a fantastic postion from which to enjoying kayaking along the Zambezi's easy-going canals; your guide will paddle you along as you enjoy watching elephants, water monitors, vervet monkeys and an endless parade of birds go about life on the riverbank. Chiawa also has a sizable swimming pool and an open-air gym with river views where you can spin off the delicious meals and treats!


  • Situated on the banks of the Zambezi River
  • Located in Lower Zambezi National Park, the world's first carbon neutral national park
  • Offering warm hospitality & very friendly staff
  • Numerous land- & water-based safari activities
  • Ideal for romantic getaways & honeymoons
  • Great for ellies & night drives
  • Swimming pool & outdoor gym

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Spend an afternoon beside the pool on the upstairs deck where you can enjoy a refreshing drink and the view over the river. Head to the swimming pool to pass the heat of the afternoon or work up an appetite in the open-air gym, which has free weights and a stationary bike.

General Facilities

    Swimming Pool
    Wi-fi available


The chefs at Chiawa Camp take immense pride in preparing delicious cuisine, be it a scrumptious bush breakfast, a secluded picnic lunch, or a romantic dinner on an island in the Zambezi.

Breakfast and lunch are usually served in the open, and vary from a plated meal or a delicious buffet, depending on the day's activities. Dinner is a more formal affair and consists of a 4-course meal served under the stars at the boma or on a sand bank in the Zambezi River.

Superior Tent

Accommodation at Chiawa Camp is in nine spacious safari tents, which are set on elevated timber decks with large viewing terraces. Each tent has a king-sized bed and an en suite bathroom with dual vanities, indoor and outdoor hot showers, and a clawfoot bath.

The design of the camp is based on the camp owner's bush home, and the six Standard Tents offer privacy, comfort and attention to detail with views of the Zambezi River.

Superior Tent AMENITIES

    Mosquito net
    Outdoor shower
    En-suite bath and shower
    Outdoor area
    International adaptors
    Wi-fi available in room
    Twin bed available

Other Room Types

The two Superior Tents are also built on raised timber platforms, but offer views of the dry Chowe floodplain which is frequently visited by wildlife.

Located in a private area of the camp, the large Honeymoon Tent is a spacious tent set above the Zambezi River and floodplain to offer commanding views of the landscape. The spacious deck has comfortable furniture, a daybed and a plunge pool, as well a private dining area.


  • Boat excursions
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Night drives
  • River cruises
  • Specialist guides
  • Star gazing
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 16 Jul 2017 - 16 Oct 2017 $1200 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 17 Oct 2017 - 21 Nov 2017 $875 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 May 2018 - 30 Jun 2018 $915 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Jul 2018 - 15 Oct 2018 $1260 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 16 Oct 2018 - 21 Nov 2018 $915 Fully Inclusive Plus

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • Because I like fishing, my personal favourite would be Chiawa, even without catching a tigerfish. But I had my hands full with the strong catfish, which gave me quite a battle. Jake and Shelley were excellent hosts,

    Gordon Ludt, May 2016
  • All the reasons we chose Chiawa were proven true. The staff, the rooms, the atmosphere, and the safaris were exceptional. Guides, Boaz and Daniel are true lion hunters. It was a true learning experience watching them track, anticipate the location, watch the other animal reactions, and find the lions I had hoped to see. Managers, Es and Van, are hands on managers and always available and of course Joshua quietly doing all the unseen things that make it a great place. One can tell Es and Van enjoy their job, the way they are excited to be involved in all aspects of your stay. Sitting on our deck and watching 3 elephants, one a youngster still figuring out the workings of his truck and flailing it in frustration was a moment that will stay with us forever. That's just one example of the animal interaction in the area. The rooms are big, well decorated, the king size beds are great with perfect firmness, and the outdoor shower is a nice touch. We slept very well our three nights there.

    Steve Peterson, May 2013
  • We really enjoyed our stay at Chiawa Camp. We want to thank you for this amazing trip.

    Gilles Caruso, June 2011
  • The transfer by car to the camp was almost 2 hours and by the time we got there we were pleased to find a wonderful camp with its location right by the Zambezi. We were lucky Grant Cummings himself was spending a few days so we were privileged to talk to him and experience his impact on the region. The program at Chiawa is very broad and full of surprises, incl. surprise lunch in the bush and breakfast on the river. The animal sightings were less good here than in Nsefu, due to different landscape, however guide knowledge was as good as Nsefu. The tents are more rustic than at Nsefu but with a very colonial safari style charm. The food was equally good. The highlight was a canoeing trip down the river, followed by sundowners on the river bank.

    Lisa Sloeoer, August 2008

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Lauren Johansson

Lauren Johansson

Africa Safari Expert

"On the banks of the Zambezi under shaded trees this camp offers an idyllic stay in the Lower Zambezi. The activities range from night game drives to guided walks, canoe safaris to lunches floating on the river. During the heat of the day find a quiet spot whether that is the pool or hide to relax before your next adventure begins. The perfect camp for any intrepid traveller who want to explore this little known region - fantastic wildlife encounters are guaranteed."



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We really enjoyed our stay at Chiawa Camp. We want to thank you for this amazing trip.

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