This delightful Camp beside the Zambezi River has been owned by the Cumings family for over 20 years. From the deck of your tented suite watch families of elephants drink, cavort and swim in the refreshing waters. Expert guides take you exploring this game-rich area by open vehicle, on foot and on the river. Enjoy a ride on the pontoon among hippopotamus as chef cooks sizzling breakfast on the Zambezi. We’ll arrange three or four days at Chiawa as a centrepiece of a superb tailormade holiday. Contact us now.
Situated in the Lower Zambezi National Park, this remote camp is family owned and run by the Cumings family. Chiawa translates to ‘place of rest’ and the fantastic staff are all skilled in faultless customer service making each guest feel special.
Chiawa serves excellent food, which includes champagne bush breakfasts, outdoor barbecues under the stars and lunch or private dinners on a specially adapted riverboat. There is a pool and spacious lounge with upstairs viewing deck, complete with astronomy telescopes and wildlife spotting scopes and the environment in camp is always sociable. The campfire, the bar and relaxation area are perfect places to regale guests and staff alike with stories of the day’s activities.
Chiawa Camp consists of nine superior tented suites, each set on its own split level elevated timber platform each either with panoramic views of the wide, slow moving Zambezi River or the dry riverbed that feeds down to the Zambezi and where animals are regularly seen. The tents are insect proof and have twin or super king size beds, luxurious furnishings and 24hr electricity and complimentary wifi, which to maintain the peace in camp can only be used in the privacy of guest rooms. The magnificent en suite bathrooms which include an indoor and outdoor shower and wc are partially open to the river which can be seen from the comfort of the beautiful ball and claw Victorian bath.
The Lower Zambezi National Park is set on a vast area of floodplains alongside the half mile wide Zambezi River, an area with a wide range of beautiful trees including baobab, sausage and acacia. While parts of the floodplain are flat there are also hills and river valleys leading down to the Zambezi and on the edge of the plain is a shimmering escarpment.
The wildlife is prolific with excellent herds of elephant, large herds of buffalo sometimes numbering 300, around ten types of antelope and a range of other plains game including zebra and wildebeest. The Lower Zambezi is also a very good for predator spotting and there are great prides of lion, the more elusive leopard and packs of wild dog. The birdlife too, is rich and rewarding with over 300 species including fish eagles, storks, herons and kingfishers.
Due to the camp’s location on the banks of the Zambezi River it is not uncommon for animals, particularly elephant to wander through on their way down to the river, feeding on trees ensuring that guests enjoy an incredible sense that they really are in the heart of Africa.
One of the principal attractions of the Lower Zambezi is the wide range of game viewing activities that can be enjoyed. The highly expert guides will take you walking with an armed scout and tracking animals on foot through the bush learning a huge amount about the flora and fauna as you go. You might like to spend the latter part of the afternoon paddling a stable canoe on the Zambezi watching animals coming down to drink and interact by the water’s edge.
Wonderful open-topped vehicles would also take you further afield and at night a spotlight is used to see nocturnal creatures such as civet, porcupine and leopard on the prowl. Anyone who wants to try their hands at tiger fishing might catch a fish up to 20lbs and be assured of a good fight! A strict catch-and-release policy is observed.
We specialise in creating unique safaris individually tailored to the interests and convenience of each client. You may wish to spend a few days at Chiawa Camp as part of a safari encompassing several contrasting regions of Zambia. Alternatively, you may decide that three or four days at Chiawa Camp should be followed by a visit to Cape Town, a remote Indian Ocean island or another part of Africa. Our service is outstanding and we know these areas intimately. Contact us now by telephone or email and we will create a superb holiday perfectly tailored to your requirements.
Every day brought new adventures and we learnt so much about every aspect of Kenya, its people and the wildlife. Within 24 hours of leaving home we were sitting overlooking Samburu, eating a bush picnic lunch while watching elephants and getting to know our two Samburu guides. How amazing is that?!
Africa Exclusive provided me and my family with an unforgettable, life changing adventure. It was an ethical and authentic African experience and the treatment and service was first class. We felt like participants rather than merely tourists. Amazing.
You have given us so much more than we ever had the right to expect. This was the perfect holiday in every sense – exciting, comfortable, educational, brilliant fun, a wonderful itinerary and every last detail organised and delivered to perfection. I do hope you all have the time and the opportunity to enjoy the sort of life enriching experience you have just given to us.
As regular visitors to Africa with Africa Exclusive, we’ve been constantly drawn back to the varied animal and bird watching, the landscapes and the ways of life.
We got back home yesterday after the most fantastic trip to Botswana that one could imagine. Everything worked well and the various organisations looking after us were extremely efficient so that our travel and accommodation arrangements could not have been better organised – and the people of Botswana are lovely. For us it really was the holiday of a lifetime. Worth every penny.
We have now returned home from our African adventure and would like to send a big THANK YOU to Africa Exclusive. We had the most amazing holiday, far beyond our wildest dreams and will remember it as a trip of a lifetime.
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There is a world of difference between one of our tailormade safaris and most package holidays printed in a brochure. Package holidays are usually designed to be as cheap as possible and of course involve large numbers of people doing the same thing. Our safaris use small, more exclusive and remote camps usually with guests flying in, and often virtually everything is included in the price. The experience is completely different.
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