Overview of Chiawa Camp

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!

Rates

Competitive rates for unforgettable experiences
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Date Board Price
01/05/2024 - 30/06/2024 Fully Inclusive (All Meals, Selected Beverages) $1,255
01/07/2024 - 15/10/2024 Fully Inclusive (All Meals, Selected Beverages) $1,700
16/10/2024 - 14/11/2024 Fully Inclusive (All Meals, Selected Beverages) $1,255

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Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • 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
Boat excursions

Boat excursions

Canoeing

Canoeing

Fishing

Fishing

Game drives

Game drives

Guided walks

Guided walks

Night drives

Night drives

River cruises

River cruises

Specialist guides

Specialist guides

Star gazing

Star gazing

Rooms at Chiawa Camp

Unwind and relax, in your own private luxury
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    Safari Suite

    The Safari Suite is perfect for honeymooners, families, or couples seeking extra space, luxury, and privacy. Tucked away from the main camp, it features a king bedroom, a stylishly convertible lounge for families, and an interleading bathroom with a ball & claw bath, his and hers washbasins, a walk-in shower, and a toilet. The suite opens onto a spacious deck equipped with private dining facilities, lounge furniture, a private pool, and a gazebo with an outdoor shower.

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      Safari Tent

      The spacious Safari Tents offer a choice of a king bed or two large single beds, each equipped with mosquito nets. Set on wooden decks elevated above the ground, these tents feature inviso-screening to keep insects at bay. Enjoy the outdoor “bench wallow” plunge pool and waterfall shower, while en-suite facilities include a roll-top ball & claw slipper bath, indoor & outdoor shower, and his & hers washbasins. With two ceiling fans in each tent and 24/7 lighting/charging, your comfort is ensured. Relax on the comfortably furnished verandas and soak in the pristine surroundings.

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      • Book a sleep out on the star bed deck.

        Star Bed Tower

        Experience an enchanting and opulent sleep-out option at Chiawa’s newly unveiled Star Bed tower, soaring at least 4 metres above the ground. Available for advance booking, this romantic retreat promises an unforgettable experience.

        This is an incredible add-on for couples – planning to propose? Celebrating a special occasion? Elevate your stay with the Star Drift experience, which includes a floating dinner for the ultimate special occasion and an unparalleled romantic night. The Star Bed tower features a lavish Queen-size bed draped with mosquito netting, as well as a bathtub, toilet, washbasin, and mirror. Red-filtered flashlights and a 2-way radio are provided on the side tables for added convenience and peace of mind.

        For wildlife enthusiasts, the ground floor of the tower offers a superb photographic hide, providing the perfect vantage point to observe and capture images of the wildlife that frequents the area.

        General Facilities

        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.

        Bar

        Bar

        Swimming pool

        Swimming pool

        Wi-Fi available

        Wi-Fi available

        Dining

        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.

        Expert Opinion

        We know because we go
        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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        Traveller Reviews

        • GL

          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
        • SP

          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
        • GC

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

          Gilles Caruso
        • LS

          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
        • LS

          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

        Traveller Reviews

        • GL

          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
        • SP

          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
        • GC

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

          Gilles Caruso
        • LS

          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
        • LS

          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