Luxury and authentic bush experience meet at Chiawa, the award-winning safari camp on the banks of the Zambezi River in Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park. Owned and run by the Cumings family since 1989, with a smaller sister camp at Old Mondoro, it has been built up over the years to the highest standards of comfort, hospitality and guiding. Shaded by a forest of mahogany the thatched buildings and tents look out over pristine river and lagoons where wildlife feed and drink, so that you can view hippos, elephant, warthogs, waterbuck and more from your private deck.

The heart of the camp is a thatched lounge and bar area with an upstairs viewing deck, ideal for lounging with a cocktail with a birds-eye view of the game activity on the river. Delicious Afro-European fusion food is served to the highest of standards in the comfortable dining area but there may also be romantic dinners under the stars, in the bush or floating on a river pontoon.

Nine luxurious tents with wood floors and spacious verandahs have all the creature comforts (including wifi) and appealing decor you’d expect from a first class safari without ever becoming pretentious. Bathrooms in all but the honeymoon suite are inside the tent with efficient showers, freestanding bath-tubs, a second outdoor shower and 24/7 hot and cold water. The honeymoon suite is set slightly apart for extra privacy on a lofty 20m platform which commands stunning views over the river and flood plains with its own dining area and outdoor bathroom with a view on the deck.

Chiawa is renowned for its excellent guides and the plethora of game-viewing activities to choose from. As well as the legendary game walks and 4×4 safaris, you might choose a canoe safari, sunset cruise, night game drive, tiger-fishing or fly-fishing, or even star-gazing . The wildlife viewing is superb here with lions, leopards, elephants, hippos, prolific bird life and many more animals in plenty.

The guides are flexible and spontaneous making opportunities for spectacular sightings that make a stay at Chia

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Safari Tents

9 Superior Safari Tents, 3 styles, each with a choice of one king bed or two large single beds with mosquito net/s. Inviso-screening insect-proof safari tents on wooden decks raised above the ground.- wifi in all tents but not social areas- Canvas flysheets on Tents I-VI which are under mahogany trees- Thatched roofs over Tents VII-IX which are less shaded.- En-suite facilities including roll top ball & claw slipper bath, indoor & outdoor shower and his & hers washbasins.- Fans and 24/7 lighting/charging (220v with multinational plug points).- A day bed and arm chairs on verandas provide the opportunity to enjoy the pristine surroundings.Tents I – VI have the bathrooms at the back of the tent with “through-room” views to the ZambeziTents VII & VIII have their bathrooms on the side with views to the Chowe dry river bed and ZambeziTent IX, the Safari Suite, opened in June 2017, and is ideal for honeymooners, families or any couple looking for more space, luxury and privacy. Slightly removed and secluded from the rest of camp with a king bedroom, a lounge (that converts attractively into a second bedroom for families), interleading bathroom with ball & claw bath, his and hers washbasins, loo, walk-in shower, all opening onto a massive deck with private dining facilities, more lounge furniture, private pool and gazebo with outdoor shower.Chiawa Camp also has a gorgeous pool and fitness shack both overlooking the Zambezi, 2 viewing hides and 2 viewing platforms for the use of all guests.For more detail & images of the rooms go to Unit / Villa Types.