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Chiawa Camp

Our rating

9/10

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Highlights

- Beautiful riverside setting
- Excellent guiding
- Day and night game drives

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Overview

Chiawa is a family run, high-end safari camp situated in the prime wildlife region of Lower Zambezi National Park, southern Zambia. Occupying a beautiful woodland setting on the banks of the Zambezi River, the camp is renowned for its quality hosting, superb guiding and exciting mix of land and water based activities. The scenic wilderness of the Lower Zambezi is home to an impressive range of wildlife including lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, waterbuck, crocodile, and hippo.

The camp's main area is a two-storey wood and thatched building with panoramic river views. There's a spacious lounge and bar area with comfortable seating, a library area, and a first floor viewing deck with telescope. Outside is a decked terrace and lovely swimming pool, plus a peaceful campfire area, perfect for sundowners. The camp has a well-equipped fitness facility with riverside views, and two viewing hides for observing and photographing the resident wildlife. An al fresco dining area with both individual and communal tables overlooks the water, and the cuisine is high quality, seasonal and delicious. Guests enjoy generous, buffet style breakfasts, whilst the evening meal, usually served by candlelight, includes several courses, and special diets can be accommodated.

One of the camp's highlights is its wide range of contrasting activities, including day and night game drives, guided walks, canoeing excursions, day and evening river safaris on the Zambezi, and catch and release fishing.

The accommodation comprises nine well-appointed tents, built on raised decking, with spectacular riverside views and complimentary Wi-Fi. Spacious and extremely comfortable, the tents have ensuite bathrooms with freestanding claw-foot baths, twin washbasins, and both indoor and outdoor showers. Each unit comprises one king or two large single four-poster beds, draped with mosquito nets. Outside is a private decked veranda with comfortable sofas and a day bed, perfect for enjoying the beautiful surroundings.

Families with children over the age of 8 years are welcome at Chiawa Camp, although there is no child specific itinerary at present. One of the tents is currently undergoing refurbishment to provide a larger, two bedroom unit, perfect for families. Due to open in June 2017, facilities will include an ensuite bathroom with freestanding bath, twin washbasins, flush toilet, and both indoor and outdoor showers. Outside will be a large, private veranda with a pool, and alfresco lounge and dining areas. Note that there is a minimum age restriction of 12 years for guided walks and canoe excursions. As the camp is unfenced, and wild animals do wander through, parents are reminded that children should be supervised at all times.

Chiawa Camp provides a welcoming and authentic safari experience in an idyllic waterside setting.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 500 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

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