Chula Island Camp

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Overview

Set under riverside mahogany trees, Chula Island Camp lies in a wild and remote area of Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia. Step out of your tented suite and you see sandy beaches running down to the swirling channels that feed the nearby Zambezi River. The air rings with bird calls and the snort of hippos. It is a park famous for its big game – lion, elephant, buffalo and leopard – and at stay at Chula puts you at the epicentre of the experience.

Chula Island Camp has been designed for safari travellers looking to explore the wilderness by foot and on the water as well as by game-drive vehicle. Expert guides and armed rangers accompany you on exciting bush walks while canoe safaris and boat cruises take in the smaller details like frogs (for which the camp is named), water lilies and kingfishers. The Lower Zambezi is an area of especially high biodiversity and boasts abundant wildlife: antelope, baboons and monkeys, warthogs and small carnivores like jackals are all commonly seen and the birdwatching is excellent year-round.

Chula is open from mid-May to November, taking in Zambia’s dry season and most of the year’s mildest weather, which is also the best time for game viewing. With four tented suites on offer, it is a small, intimate and relaxed camp – perfect for adventurous couples, nature photographers, and solo travellers. Because Chula can be booked as a private camp it is ideal for groups of friends or families with older children.

Highlights

  • Unspoilt island setting in Lower Zambezi National Park
  • Open during the most rewarding and comfortable time of year
  • Highly experienced safari guides and camp hosts
  • Explore the river by canoe or enjoy a leisurely boat cruise
  • Great birdwatching for both beginners and experts
  • Four en suite tents only – intimate, relaxed and peaceful atmosphere
  • A low environmental impact, solar-powered accommodation

Activities

  • Bird watching
  • Boat-based safaris
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Game drives
  • Guided walking safaris
  • Night drives
  • Sundowners

Rooms

Facilities

A large, open-sided canvas tent makes up Chula’s main meeting and socialising area. Step inside and you will find a dining table with director’s chairs, a small but well-stocked bar and a drinking water dispenser to refill your personal supply.

If you would like to read about the Zambezi and its wildlife then the camp has a small reference library to browse through. A nice touch is the free laundry service provided by the camp and there is also a battery recharging station in the main tent for your electrical devices.

Dining

Three meals a day are served a day at Chula Island Camp, with most dietary requirements catered for with advance notice. You sit down with your fellow guests at a communal table either outside or in the communal tent depending on the weather. Local soft and alcoholic drinks are included and filtered drinking water is always available in your suite and at main camp.

An early start on safari is always best and so the day begins at dawn with a friendly wake-up call and a light breakfast by the camp fire that consists of toast, cereals, fruit and porridge with tea, coffee and fruit juice. After your morning activity you return to a lunch buffet with meat and vegetable dishes plus salads and desserts. The timing of lunch is flexible to accommodate sightings on game drives. In the evening you can look forward to a lantern-lit table with a set 3-course meal.

General facilities

  • Bucket showers
  • Laundry service
  • Safe

Rates

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Dates Board Price
2019-07-01 — 2019-10-31 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $650
2019-11-01 — 2019-11-30 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $450

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

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