Chiawa Camp

Chiawa Camp: Information from the owner

All the information on this page is supplied to us directly from the lodge owner and reflects their view, not ours.
For Expert Africa's view, see our own report, which contains our own observations and views.

Type Safari Lodge
No. of rooms 9
Last updated 19-Nov-2015

Main description of Chiawa Camp

Chiawa Camp: Facilities

Property facilities Meal on Request
Room facilities Balcony / Deck, En-Suite, Outside Shower, Shower, Verandah, Fan, Complementary Wi-Fi, Dressing Gowns, Hair Dryer, Internet, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Tea / Coffee
Available services Airport Shuttle, Laundry Service, Room Service
Activities on site (some activities may be seasonal) Big 5, Bird Watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fine Dining, Game Drives, Game Walks, Kayaking, Safaris, Walks, Game Viewing, Catch-and-release Fishing, Gourmet Picnic, High Tea, River Cruises, Child Friendly Activities, Fly Fishing, Hiking, Historical Tours

Room types at Chiawa Camp

Superior Safari Tents

9 Superior Safari Tents each with a choice of one king bed or two large single beds. 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 mahoganey 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. - Insect screens and 24/7 lighting. - A day bed and arm chairs on verandas provide the opportunity to enjoy the pristine surroundings. - All tents overlook the Zambezi River. The furthest superior tent (tent IX) is ideal for honeymooners, slightly removed and secluded from the rest of camp and a larger deck for private dining. The bathroom is outdoor with bath and shower, whilst the other tents’ bathrooms are within the tent itself.

Units at Chiawa Camp

Tents I-VI

Tents I-VI

These 6 tents look directly onto the Zambezi River, are well shaded, with the bathrooms in the rear of the tents.

Tents VII-IX

Tents VII-IX

These are angled looking out over the Chowe River floodplain but also with views of the Zambezi.
The layout of these tents differ from TI-VI in that the bathrooms are on the side rather than at the rear of the room; they are also the furthest and most private tents although share the same level of lux and features as TI-VI.

Activities at Chiawa Camp

Bush walks

Pioneered in Zambia, bush walks are essentially a "micro-safari". An armed ranger and qualified and experienced pro guide will guide you through the wilderness on foot, interpreting spoor, identifying the various flora and fauna, and highlighting conservation issues. However elephants and buffalo are seen on most walks and sometimes the big cats, so expect anything at anytime. The pace is leisurely and the duration is determined by guests' requirements – and what is seen on the walk. Typically, a few hours are sufficient.


Although the Zambezi offers many activities, perhaps it is best known for canoeing.
No where else is there such a combination of breathtaking scenery, varied wildlife and such interesting channels to paddle through.
Six meter long Canadian canoes are used and these trips may last anywhere from 1 hour to 1 day.
Our most popular canoe safari is 90 minutes long where guests paddle (always downstream!) from the lodge to "Sunset Strip" for sundowners and then a night drive back to Chiawa Camp.
Tranquil yet exciting, these trips can be longer and may drift through the likes of the Waterbuck Island and Chifungulu Channels, an excellent way to enjoy another aspect of the Zambezi River.


Chiawa Camp is internationally acclaimed as one of the world’s leading fishing destinations. Recommended by authoritative anglers and in publications such as The Best Fly Fishing Trips Money Can Buy and Forbes Traveler, expert guides are on hand to assist you in finding the notorious tigerfish (camp record 10.1kg, average 2kg) which are caught on fly or conventional tackle.

Game drives

This is the safest and most effective way to view big game. Drives are conducted in open 4wd vehicles that have been specially adapted for safari use with comfy seats, pockets to stow your gear and bean bags to steady your camera for those all important photos. Usually departing in the early morning, drives can last anywhere from 2 to 4 hours depending on what's seen and the requirements of the guests. In the late afternoon drives set off for an hour or so before stopping at a scenic point for sundowners.
Once the sun has set, night drives commence. Zambia is one of the few countries that permit night drives, perhaps the most interesting of all safari activities.
Using filtered spotlights, which do not interfere with the wellbeing and behaviour of the subject and which make it much easier on your eyes too, this is an opportunity to see nocturnal creatures such as civet, porcupine, genet, and also to see some of the larger predators on the move. It is not uncommon to see a pride of lions on a kill or a leopard stalking through the bush. These drives last as long as they need to.

River safaris

One of the great aspects of a visit to Chiawa Camp and Old Mondoro is the variety of activities offered by virtue of our presence on the Zambezi river.
These are two of the few camps permitted to conduct waterborne safaris within the National Park, and our custom built, motorized pontoons are ideal to take advantage of this.
Enjoy morning or afternoon cruises exploring numerous channels, viewing hippo, buffalo, elephant and prolific bird life.
Also on offer are sunset and sundowner cruises, often completed with a night drive back to camp.