Chiawa Camp

Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

On the banks of the Zambezi River, under a grove of towering mahogany trees, Chiawa Camp holds the prime position in the heart of Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park, overlooking a sweeping bend in the river and perfectly situated for exploring the park.

At a Glance

  • Enjoy Chiawa's legendary cuisine, dining on the banks of the river under the stars

  • Chiawa's choir will serenade you as you meet at the fireside for evening drinks

  • Take a walk in the flat plains behind Chiawa to find elephant and buffalo

  • Enjoy one of Chiawa's famous "floating lunches" on their large boat drifting down the river

  • Try your hand at fishing in the Zambezi - and maybe even land yourself a Tiger

Adventure, Fishing, Honeymoon, Wildlife

Insider's View

Enjoy a romantic private dinner floating in the middle of the Zambezi.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Insider's View

Take a walk with one of Chiawa's expert guides through vast groves of Winterthorn.

Anna Hearn

Insider's View

Chiawa have developed diffuse filters which have been designed for night drive photography which don’t disturb the wildlife - with fabulous results.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Insider's View

Bush walk with Paul, who is a fountain of knowledge about the plants birds and insects

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Insider's View

Fish for tiger fish on the Zambezi towards the end of the dry season (Best in October and November)

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Insider's View

Sit in the hide and wait for the elephant to come down to drink

Louisa Ross-Taylor

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Located deep inside the Lower Zambezi National Park on the banks of the Zambezi River, Chiawa is an outstanding family owned and managed safari camp, which offers superb accommodation and personal service, fantastic game viewing and a large variety of activities in a magnificent setting.

A stunning thatched lounge and bar area with an upstairs viewing deck provides an outstanding view of the Zambezi. Chiawa’s renowned cuisine can be enjoyed on the al-fresco dining veranda where guests share the delights of the day. The camp rests peacefully on the riverbank, in a grove of mahogany and acacia trees and is constructed essentially of natural materials to ensure its idyllic setting can be fully appreciated.

The Cumings Family first explored this area for themselves decades ago, where David Livingstone had ventured through nearly 150 years previously, and where in 1989 they created the very first photo safari operation in the Lower Zambezi National Park. Through their efforts, the Lower Zambezi has since become one of Africa’s most desirable, sought after safari destinations. The camp is totally unfenced so game can wander freely through and elephants are regular visitors.

The nine luxury safari tents, including one safari suite, are built under thatch and provide guests with total privacy on their own elevated shady wooden platforms, with gorgeous views of the Zambezi River. As a family run operation, no effort is spared to ensure that every guest receives personal attention and a truly first class African safari.


Accommodation is in nine tented rooms including a Safari Suite. The tents all have timber floors and verandas with excellent views and are accessed by paths running behind them to maximize privacy. All share ample comforts, conveniences and unexpected luxuries such as 24/7 lighting and charging facilities (220v UK plugs), hot and cold running water, king size beds, Egyptian cotton linens, his and hers washbasins, indoor and outdoor showers and ball and claw baths.

Luxury Tented Room

There are 8 luxurious tented rooms built on beautiful wooden decks, there is 24 hour power, en-suite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers and ball and claw baths.

Safari Suite

The one spacious safari suite boasts some of the best views in camp perched high up on a ridge. With thatched roof, canvas walls and screen windows this spacious suite has a king bedroom and separate lounge area which can easily be converted to a second bedroom, ideal for children. Screen doors open onto a private deck revealing a swimming pool, outdoor lounge, dinning area and fireplace.

The minimum age for the Safari Suite has been reduced to 5 years old although, because the minimum age for children at Chiawa Camp remains at 8 years, children younger than 8 years will kindly be refrained from the social areas of camp except when camp is booked on an exclusive use basis.


As Chiawa is in an area with high wildlife densities, and the rooms are relatively open, children below the age of 8 years are not accepted unless staying in the safari suite or camp is taken on an exclusive basis. Children aged 8 and over are allowed to accompany game drives and motor boat cruises with their parent or guardian. For children aged 12 to 16 wishing to accompany walks and canoeing, this is solely at the guide's discretion.


Chiawa Camp is renowned for its excellent cuisine, often described as an Afro/Euro fusion. Chiawa’s imaginative Executive Chefs ensure meals are of the highest standard and that they are prepared with the freshest of ingredients. The camp also has a viewing hide.

Personal attention is the name of the game at Chiawa Camp. The friendly, well-trained staff are always on hand to ensure that your comfort and convenience are well catered for.


At Chiawa Camp activities revolve around the wildlife, the bush and the river, guests can chose to go on morning or evening game drives, river safaris, canoeing, guided walks or fishing, all led by an award winning team of Africa-born guides, with an unmatched fleet of vehicles, boats and canoes at their disposal. Activities are usually on a shared but to celebrate Chiawa being voted 'Best Guiding Team in Africa 2017' all guests will be offered at least one private activity per full day throughout their stay when possible - this will be at the discretion of the camp manager.

Location & Directions

Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

Chiawa camp is situated on the banks of the Zambezi River in the Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia. With the mountains of the Zambian Escarpment as backdrop and across the River from the Mana Pools National Park.

When to go

December to March is rainy season and the camp is closed.

The Lower Zambezi has a moderate to sub-tropical climate with three distinct seasons: from November to March is the Emerald, or the rainy season, April to July is Zambia's winter, when the weather is cool and dry, and August to October is summer, when the weather is hot and dry. In terms of game viewing, the drier months, meaning a higher concentration of game at the permanent water sources, are a superb time to visit. Alternatively come for some superb birdwatching at the end of the rains.

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