Chiawa Camp

Reviews of Chiawa Camp

Excellent(97%) From 42 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 42 of our travellers who have visited Chiawa Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr M & Ms O from Kidderminster
Arrived on: 16-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Chiawa Camp review

The most luxurious of all the places we stayed further upmarket compared to sister camp Old Mondoro
Run exactly the same
Very nice indeed
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The K family - London
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Chiawa another nice camp

Both managers and staff of Chiawa are friendly and the food was excellent.

Guiding was good though we did not see much on our night drives as we did at Tafika and the red light used does mean that taking photographs was tricky, though we do understand why it was used.

The canoe trip was excellent and I highly recommend taking the longer canoe trip. Having a meal on the boat as it travelled down the river was also a lovely surprise, though I wish we had known a little in advance as we would have taken our binoculars and cameras with us.

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Mr & Mrs B from Essex
Arrived on: 30-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Chiawa Camp review

This was the largest of our camps and possibly a bit more luxurious. We did prefer the smaller more intimate camps but still enjoyed our stay here immensely.

Had a great walk which turned into an elephant dodge as there was so many elephants around including one that kept coming into the camp, especially at mealtimes.

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Mr & Mrs D from Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 24-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Chiawa Camp review

A magical place, loved every second from the muffins at breakfast to the sounds of the hippos at night.

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Mr & Mrs M - Northumberland
Arrived on: 31-Jul-2014 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Chiawa 2014

Excellent camp with wide choice of activities. Less intimate than other camps. Management excellent.

Lots of treats! Lunch on river and secluded dinner for two (50th wedding anniversary) on river at night. Everyone very friendly, helpful and flexible with activities. Felt quantity of food a bit too much for us with fairly heavy lunch and 4 courses at night.

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Ms G from Zurich
Arrived on: 9-Jul-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Chiawa Camp review

millionaires shortbread!!!
Surprise-Lunch and Surprise-Dinner were stunning.
Very luxury accommodation.
But still a lot of wildlife. Even a huge male elephant in the camp.

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Mr & Mrs VV- G from Belgium
Arrived on: 25-Jun-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Chiawa Camp review

Very welcoming and perfectly kept camp.
Good guiding , good food .... and perfect laundry service !

Surprise boatlunch ON the Zambezi.
Thanks to Anita and Peter

Going west we encountered more vehicles from lodges not within the park.

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Mr & Mrs H from Cardiff
Arrived on: 9-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Chiawa offers luxury in the bush!

Chiawa occupies a great location and overall the standards are very high. It is luxurious and is a great place to stay for two or three nights and the guiding is to a very good standard.

A great aspect of the Lower Zambezi is the opportunity to spend time on the river and adopt a leisurely pace to observing the birds and animals. The canoe trip is a wonderful experience.

Not something to dwell on but the camp sometimes felt "over managed" meaning that it was not always clear what roles the management were trying to fulfil!

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Mr & Mrs P - Derbyshire
Arrived on: 31-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Heaven on the Zambezi

On arrival at the river from Royal Airstrip, we were given a short presentation by 2 young people regarding the Educational Programme being undertaken. We had been given no warning of this and we were led to believe that it was to fill in the time before the boat would be ready to leave for Chiawa. We are afraid that this may have coloured the way we approached the matter; if this could be explained to the 2 people concerned and our appreciation expresses to them.

It was great to meet Grant Cumings and hear his views. Just for the record, our "carbon tax" was given to him to be used in his Education Project.

Like the others, it was an excellent place to stay with both Management & Staff wanting to make our stay memorable and succeeding.

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Ms K & Ms R from Florida
Arrived on: 13-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Gorgeous River Setting and Special Treats

I've been longing to go back to Chiawa Camp since I stayed there in 1998, and am pleased to have finally returned. The river is still as beautiful as I remembered, but Chiawa has "grown up," with more tents, larger tents, 24-7 hot water and electricity, and 12 hours of internet.

The service is superb, and the managers (Stuart and Maddy and Van and Esmerelda) and staff are eager to please. We appreciated having great flexibility in our activities and schedule. Taking advantage of the wonderful river setting, we mostly opted for boat trips and were pleased that they could be arranged whenever we wanted them. The boatmen were also excellent guides, and our most frequent guide, Ruben, will soon sit for his guide exam.

The food is spectacular--not surprising since Van is a chef by training. He planned several special surprises, such as lunch and dinner on the barge for the two of us. These events required extra time and preparation, and we appreciated his thoughtfulness.

The tents are spacious and well equipped (with a few minor oddities such as faucets that barely clear the lip of the sink, making simple hand-washing a challenge). Some have limited views of the river because of vegetation, but we were pleased with our tent (#7) which looked out on both the Zambezi and a dry river bed where elephants, bushbuck, impala, baboons and vervet monkeys came to drink.

In truth, I missed the smaller, more intimate Chiawa Camp of 1998, but I enjoyed getting to know the new incarnation. And I'm very glad to have also visited its sister camp, Old Mondoro, which is very reminiscent of the "Old" Chiawa.

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