The family owned and operated, multi-award-winning Chiawa Camp, is the pioneer of the Lower Zambezi National Park, the first camp to settle along the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. Zambia’s premier luxury safari camp, Chiawa is a gentle and unhurried experience for both wildlife and guests, while still offering up a diverse range of activities. From game drives to heart-stopping game walks as well as canoeing, boating and angling – all in the company of Africa’s finest guides.

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  • Location

    Located in the heart of the Lower Zambezi National Park .The game here enjoys free access between the Lower Zambezi National Park and Mana Pools National Park on the Zimbabwean banks of the river. Wildlife, from elephants to lion, commute across the Zambezi, often through camp, and the area boasts a tremendous cross-section of mammals, reptiles and birds

  • Accommodation


    The family owned and operated, multi-award-winning Chiawa Camp, is the pioneer of the Lower Zambezi National Park, the first camp to settle along the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. Zambia’s premier luxury safari camp, Chiawa is a gentle and unhurried experience for both wildlife and guests, while still offering up a diverse range of activities. From game drives to heart-stopping game walks as well as canoeing, boating and angling – all in the company of Africa’s finest guides.


    Each of the luxury tents boast spectacular views over the Zambezi River and its vast array of resident wildlife. Elephant, lion, leopard, hippo and much more, occupy this gorgeous region of Zambia.



    The creative culinary team at the Chiawa Camp ensure meals are of the highest standard, from seasonal menus developed and enhanced over time.


    Along with Chiawa’s renowned dedication to its guests, staff, local communities and conservation, allow yourself to share in Chiawa’s passion, so that you can enjoy one of Africa’s finest safari camps and the wildlife adventure of a lifetime.


    In the Soli language, Chiawa means ‘The one who shares’ – an appropriate name for such a camp that honours the local people and their traiditions. Read more about Chiawa Camp, its range of luxury Lower Zambezi lodges, and its rich history.












  • Facilities


    24/7 lighting and charging facilities (220v, multi-national plugs and USB outlets)
    24/7 hot & cold running water
    Super-King size bed with overhead fan inside the mosquito net
    Egyptian cotton linen
    His & Hers washbasin
    Ball & Claw Bath
    Indoor and outdoor shower
    Indoor and outdoor seating
    Spacious, shaded veranda
    Private dining on the veranda by special request
    Bench-wallow -a refreshing plunge pool / relaxation area (TI-VIII only); large private plunge pool for the Safari Suite
    Ample luggage storage and charging facilities
    Dressing table and hair dryer
    Tea/Coffee facilities
    Free WiFi

  • Activities

    Game Drives

    Often the most popular Zambian safari activity, the game drive is conducted in an open 4×4 safari vehicle. This is the most effective way to see Zambian wildlife, as these cover much ground and can get close sightings without placing our guests in harms way or disturbing the wildlife.


    Walking safari

    Bush walks are an interesting way to get a backstage pass look at the Zambian wildlife, and how the ecology of the Lower Zambezi works.



    Our Lower Zambezi River Canoe trips always head downstream, eastwards, as the current of the Zambezi is deceptively powerful. The canoes take either 2 or 3 people.


    River Safaris

    Boat Cruises, or Zambezi River Safaris are conducted on custom built, stable pontoon boats with a canopy that can be raised or lowered according to circumstance and powered by near-silent, environmentally sensitive 4-stroke outboard motors.


  • Safari Experiences



  • Food & Dinning


    Chiawa Camp
    Lower Zambezi National Park



    Chiawa Camp is renowned for its excellent cuisine, oft described as an Afro/Euro fusion, in which most palates, from simple to complex, are catered for with aplomb. Menus and recipes have been developed and enhanced over time with a view to balance health, variety and some indulgence – you are on holiday after all!


    Our imaginative camp chefs ensure meals are of the highest standard despite the remote and basic conditions in the bush, that meals are prepared with the freshest of ingredients and with the utmost care. Vegetarians, vegans, gluten free, and lactose intolerant diets are all well catered to with advance notice. Some of our gluten free breads are world class, and said to be better than you would find in many specialist delis overseas.


    Depending on the time of year and the day’s activities, breakfasts, brunches and lunches are served plated, or hot and cold buffet style, usually al-fresco, sometimes in the bush, and even on a boat in the middle of the Zambezi!

    Afternoon tea with sweet and savoury snacks is usually served overlooking the river and just prior to the afternoon safari activities.

    Dinners are multiple courses at this exclusive “Zambian Restaurant”, table d’hote, always offered with a choice of main course, and usually served under the stars or by the camp fire.



  • Lower Zameezi National Park

    Situated on the banks of the Zambezi River in the south-eastern part of Zambia, opposite Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park, the Lower Zambezi National Park occupies 4092 sq. kms, with 120 kms of river frontage. Its distinguishing features are the rugged escarpment to the north, the river itself, and its numerous islands, lagoons and floodplains which attract most of the Zambian wildlife. There are approximately 50 mammal species and 400 bird species, which thrive in the Park, as well as a wide variety of spectacular trees, grasses and flowers.

    This area is still unspoiled as it is new to tourism and is afforded a high level of protection from the Zambian Government and the local tour operators. It was only declared a National Park in 1983, and the Cumings Family, who own and operate Chiawa Camp, brought the first tourists to the Park in 1990, creating one of the finest African safari experiences, opening access and all the game viewing loops enjoyed within the Park today.


    Only licensed operators may conduct safaris in the area, and only the few lodges situated within the Park may conduct river and canoeing trips there on a daily basis, with strict regulations governing the number of boats on the water. Visitors to the Park are thus assured of seeing very little human activity. This has led to the Lower Zambezi National Park providing one of Africa’s finest wilderness experiences.

    The legendary Zambezi River is, in itself, a spectacle and is the namesake of this pristine wilderness. Along its 2700 km course, the Zambezi fertilises the Barotse floodplains, plunges over the Victoria Falls and replenishes the massive Lake Kariba before reaching the Lower Zambezi. Here, a myriad of islands have formed, creating a home and feeding ground for an incredible amount of diverse Zambezi wildlife. Together this creates one of the most diverse and interesting eco-systems on the planet, providing the opportunity to explore these habitats in an unmatched variety of activities on a Lower Zambezi safari.

  • Animals


    Some of the Animals found in this area. 
    Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia




  • Birding


    Some of the birds found in this area. 
    Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia


    Abundant water, food and shelter give rise to a spectacular array of wildlife in the Lower Zambezi. The rich and diverse habitat of this small national park is home to one of Africa’s healthiest elephant populations, along with vast herds of buffalo, prides of lion, and elusive leopards. Various small carnivores and omnivores abound, as do nocturnal hyenas, secretive jackals, zebra and antelope.


    Although Africa is no stranger to conservation challenges such as encroachment and poaching, the Lower Zambezi National Park is one of Africa’s best protected sanctuaries thanks to cooperation between the safari operators and Zambia Wildlife Authority through the charity Conservation Lower Zambezi (which Grant co-founded in 1994) and of which Chiawa Camp and Old Mondoro are anchor donors.



  • Best Time To Visit The Lower Zambezi


    Zambia, like many African safari destinations, has a wet season and a dry season. The best time to visit the Lower Zambezi National Park is during the dry season from May to November. Opportunities for game viewing and Zambezi wildlife photography are plentiful when water supplies dwindle between June and October, as animals are out more often searching for their next drink. If you can bear higher temperatures, September and October are best for ultimate wildlife sightings.


    However, if you’re planning to see Victoria Falls before or after your Lower Zambezi safari with Chiawa, then March to May are ideal for the powerful waters of the Mosi-oa-Tunya to be flowing freely.


    The rainy months of the Lower Zambezi, also called the green season, transforms the landscape into a lush and verdant oasis. But it also means wildlife viewing is lacking, while humidity increases the mosquito population. Many lodges, including our two Zambezi camps Old Mondoro and Chiawa Camp, are closed during this time.

  • Getting there


    Our camps are most easily accessed by air. Chiawa Camp and Old Mondoro are serviced by Jeki Airstrip (JEK), whereas Puku Ridge is serviced by Mfuwe Airport (MFU).


    Check with Proflight for details – although Lusaka (LUN) services JEK (35 minute flight),  MFU (70 minute flight) and LVI (60 minute flight – Livingstone) there are usually non-stop flights available for the period June-Oct between MFU & JEK (90 minute flight) and LVI & JEK (100 minute flight) making for convenient and seamless travel.


    Proflight currently handles all domestic air travel within Zambia and offers cost effective and convenient flights around the country. Private aircraft are also available for hire on a charter basis from Proflight and other reputable Zambian charter companies.


    Lusaka is easily accessed on the following flights from Johannesburg on South African Airways, Amsterdam on KLM , Dubai on Emirates , Nairobi on Kenya Airways and Windhoek on Air Namibia. Domestic departure tax is ZMW42, Domestic security tax is ZMW16 per passenger and Infrastructure & Development charge ZMW27 per passenger (figure on roughly US$1 : ZMW5). Please check with your agent or carrier to ensure these are included in your tickets, if not then you will need to pay at the desk at the relevant airports (Lusaka, Livingstone, Mfuwe)


    Airfields of the Lower Zambezi
    warning – please refer to official aviation sources for pilot information – this is for general reference only!

  • Why Zambia For A Safari?

    Many African safari destinations are overcrowded, where the experience is overpromised and underdelivered. A safari in Zambia is none of these things. Only declared as a national park in 1983, it previously served as the private park of the Zambian President. This private use kept the masses of tourists away from Zambia for far longer than many other African safari destinations. Long-standing ivory trade bans and anti-poaching teams have allowed for Zambian wildlife to flourish, leaving Zambia and its unfenced safari lodges open to a pristine and raw wilderness unlike any other in Africa.


    Zambia is also one of the safest nations in Africa, as rated by the World Economic Forum (WEF), coming ahead of Botswana (84 of 141), South Africa (119 of 141) and Kenya (131 of 141) on the Safety & Security index. Rated at 68 of 141 nations, Zambia is just a few spots behind the United Kingdom (63 of 141) and travelers can rest easy with this knowledge.

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Google Map for Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia


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