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.