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Why we love Chiawa Camp
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Chiawa Camp Tours

Chiawa Camp sits right in the heart of the Zambezi River. The longest standing camp in the park, it is still considered a favourite to many who visit and over the years has expanded and become a luxury haven. It blends beautifully into its surroundings and with the experience and expertise of the owners, staff and guides combined they make sure every visitor feels right at home – you won’t ever want to leave this little piece of paradise.

“Chiawa was great, from the constant wildlife in camp to their resident elephant! The guides were incredibly welcoming and Simon the host was the perfect dinner companion.”

– Last visted by Chloe McCormack, marketing & sales – November 2019

“As the first lodge to open in the Lower Zambezi Chiawa have set the bar high. They have prime location up the river and over time they go from strength to strength. Where rustic meets luxury this place is definitely a favourite spot.
Also great to note for a minor supplement you can upgrade to the stunning suite – highly worth it.”

– Mike Varndell, managing founder – November 2018

A Charming Camp

Although retaining a rustic feel, Chiawa Camp is luxurious yet natural, exuding charm. The safari tents are classic and cozy, and the décor takes creativeness from the home of the owners themselves. Settle yourself on the day beds on the decking of your tent and you won’t want to venture too far from your very own slice of heaven overlooking the Zambezi River. The camp has one suite available too and it is spectacular; tasteful, private and spacious with its very own pool – the perfect spot to enjoy the sightings of the wildlife nearby.

Delicious Food

The cuisine at Chiawa is outstanding. Their menus have been created and developed overtime and whether it is something simple or more intricate, each dish has had a lot of love, care and understanding go into it. It’s not easy getting supplies to the remote areas of the Lower Zambezi but the chefs ensure that they deliver the highest quality and standards. There is something for everyone and they are incredibly accommodating and inventive when it comes to those tricky dietary requirements. The setting of the dining area and the open camp fire nearby gives the ultimate dining experience, coupled with the delicious food on offer.

Top fishing

Chiawa Camp has been labeled as one of the world’s best fishing destinations around. The guides are the experts and will find the best spots about , if its tigerfish you are looking for they know all the secret locations to find the infamous fish. The river is free from netting so here you will be sure to find lots big fish – with a very strict catch and release policy. The camp is restricted to a maximum of 4-6 clients at a time, everything you require for a successful fishing trio is provided by the camp, however, they do recommend if you take fishing seriously to bring your own tackle.

LOW Season: 1 May – 30 Jun & 16 Oct – 14 Nov

HIGH Season: 1 Jul – 15 Oct

CLOSED: 1 Jan – 30 Apr & 15 Nov – 31 Dec



  • Lush green scenery and best sunsets
  • Flowers, birds and baby animals galore
  • Few tourists
  • Cheaper rates


  • Beautiful green scenery after rains
  • Fantastic photography opportunities
  • Dry weather
  • Mild temperatures


  • Dry scenery, best for spotting game
  • Abundant wildlife – fewer water sources
  • Warm/hot temperatures
  • Prime time for walking safaris

Category Ranges:
$: USD 0 – USD250/pppn
$$: USD 251 – USD600/pppn
$$$: USD 601 – USD1,000/pppn
$$$$: USD1,001+/pppn

The price categories give you an idea of the nightly cost per person for this accommodation.

  • Warm hospitality in a superb camp!

    The flight and the boattrip to Lower Zambezi and Chiawa Camp is already beautiful. What a splendid environment and what a warm welcome. The camp, with very luxerys beautifully furnished “tents”, is very good organised with excellent personal service. The food is incredible good, enjoyed the dining in a fairy like lighted bush, lunch on the river and early in the morning before breakfast a pot of tea in bed. The guides are superb and there is enough game. I also enjoyed the canoe trip very much.

    Sophia k
  • Chiawa – Fabulous

    We visited in August. We have been on Safari before but this was our first trip to Zambia. Chiawa certainly did not disappoint. The attention to detail and friendliness of all of the staff was excellent and the knowledge and passion of our guides made this camp really special.

    jenny c
  • Learned a lot about how to get the best from a Game Safari Park

    First let me say we saw so much wildlife I thought it was an organized animal parade…but it wasn’t – they were just there. What a treat. We drove from Lusaka and caught a (speed) boat from the Kafue R., a tributary of the Zambezi R. Two hours until we swapped into the Camp’s boat. On the way we saw Nile crocs sunning themselves and showing how big their teeth were, hippos – masses of them, elephants groups of 10, 20 etc. birds.


Fast Facts

  • Location: Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
  • Internet connection:WiFi
  • Fans/Air ConFans
  • Number of rooms:8 superior tents & 1 safari suite
  • Child policy:Children of all ages are welcome
  • Swimming poolYes

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