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Chiawa Camp

Classic A deluxe lodge or tented camp, almost all with swimming pools, excellent food and service, large nicely appointed rooms or tents with comfortable beds and tasteful decor; most of the lodges have air-conditioning and the tents are usually fan-cooled.

Built under a grove of mahogany and acacia trees on the banks of the Zambezi River, Chiawa Camp is one of Lower Zambezi National Park's premier camps. The camp’s main lounge and bar area has an observation platform built into its roof, providing one of the best views in the valley. The dining area also looks out onto the river and the animals which regularly come to drink and feed at and near the lodge. There is a swimming pool for the hotter months.

Eight Superior safari tents are under shade, each on a raised timber deck with private veranda, have en suite facilities with flush toilets, hot & cold running water, twin or double beds, insect screens and solar powered lighting. Access paths to the tents run through a grove of mahogany trees, maximizing privacy. The exclusive Safari Suite is ideal for Honeymooners or families who want a bit more luxury and privacy. The expansive tent has a beautiful private view of the Zambezi, the escarpment and the Chiawa River bed. It features a king bedroom, lounge area (which can be converted into a second bedroom for families), inter-leading bathroom with indoor shower, flush toilet and dual wash basins. The rooms open onto a shaded deck with outdoor dining, gazebo, fireplace and private swimming pool.

Activities include day and night game drives (maximum of 4 people per vehicle), game viewing hides, safaris by boat, canoeing down the Lower Zambezi, catch and release fishing and bush walks. Night game drives are enhanced by non-invasive red lights on the spotlight and headlights. For stays of four nights or more, a visit to a local village is available (additional fee applies).

Traveler Feedback

Chiawa’s Accommodations: Slightly rustic, elevated tents but with full time electricity and hot water. Our tent (#7) had a great location for animal viewing. Meals: Outstanding and maybe the best food preparation of the trip. Their “Boma night” has to be one of the best.  The night included choir singing from the staff that is so good that my understanding is that they may make a recording. Most evening meals were made special with private dinners in a boat on the river, or in the elevated animal observatory. Guide: Guides are rotated here and all were great with special stars for Spensor and Daniel. Many of the staff have been here for years with one, Joshua, having his son Spensor on staff. Animal activity: Great activity here. We saw the big five soon, and many nocturnal animals we had not seen before. There were many animals within the camp with an absolute need for night escort because of elephant and lion activity. Every day 1-2 elephants cleared us out of the fire pit area where we had snacks and breakfast. Tiger fishing was so-so with high winds for the two days I went out with only a few brought to the boat. Note: All equipment for fishing, canoeing and safari trucks were all new or nearly new and in excellent condition.

Ken Spint

Chiawa Camp was excellent.  The staff was wonderful and made the time there all the more memorable with all their creative mealtime arrangements such as a private dinner on the river.  We had one of the nicer tents with a view of the lagoon from our back deck.  In the afternoons, we saw herds of elephant, impalas and a variety of birds go by.  For our safari drives, they switched safari guides which we thought was a good idea so we got to go out with different guides.  We particularly liked their docking station to get on and off the vehicle!  and that they had a maximum of 4 in a vehicle.  We had fantastic wildlife viewing with my favorite being the leopard mom and her two cubs.  One was very curious and would come up to the vehicle till mom called him back and he bounded back to her.  We also saw several lions, several other leopards, beautiful kingfishers and so many safari animals and birds.

Tafika was very good.  The staff and owners were also wonderful as well as the safari guides.  Again, we like that there was a maximum of 4 in a vehicle.  We were not interested in doing a walking safari or riding bicycles although others in the camp did and enjoyed it…We particularly enjoyed seeing the large numbers of cranes fly in.

Patti Rhymer

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