Overview of Chula Island Camp

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 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.

Rates

Competitive rates for unforgettable experiences
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Date Board Price
01/05/2024 - 30/06/2024 Fully Inclusive Plus (All Meals, Selected Beverages, Selected Extras) $580
31/07/2024 - 31/10/2024 Fully Inclusive Plus (All Meals, Selected Beverages, Selected Extras) $780

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Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • 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
Bird watching

Bird watching

Boat-based safaris

Boat-based safaris

Canoeing

Canoeing

Fishing

Fishing

Game drives

Game drives

Guided walking safaris

Guided walking safaris

Night drives

Night drives

Sundowners

Sundowners

General 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.

Bucket showers

Bucket showers

Laundry service

Laundry service

Safe

Safe

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.

Expert Opinion

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Kate McIntosh

Kate McIntosh

Africa Safari Expert

If you are looking for an authentic wilderness safari with game drives, bush walks, and boat and canoe excursions accompanied by excellent guides, look no further than Chula Island. This intimate camp is situated within the rewarding Lower Zambezi National Park and offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience far away from other travellers.

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