Reviews of Chiawa Camp
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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.Read more about the whole safari
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.
Chiawa Camp review
Surprise-Lunch and Surprise-Dinner were stunning.
Very luxury accommodation.
But still a lot of wildlife. Even a huge male elephant in the camp.
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.
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!
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.
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.
We didn't even need to leave our spacious, beautifully appointed luxury tent to see game at Chiawa, as they were right outside our door! But the excellent guides showed us even more on game drives, like an unforgettable Honey Badger-Lion encounter (the Honey Badgers got away!), and lots of leopards.
Stewart was helpful when I discovered a mistake with my Zambian visa (later corrected), and the rest of the staff were delightful. The surprise dinner at Bedrock was a real treat. I can't say enough about this piece of paradise!
Chiawa - Just like the brochure
Chiawa is one of the prime camps in Zambia and it was a very comfortable and pleasant place to stay. However, although there were plenty of birds to photograph on the boat trip (thanks to Douglas the boatman) we found rather less animals than expected.
The guides were very helpful and did their best but the animals were just not around for us.
My fourth visit to Chiawa
The fact that this was my fourth visit to Chiawa says it all. Perhaps moved a little up market since my last visit!! Please leave Old M as it is, Can't wait for the 5th visit.Read more about the whole safari