Chiawa Camp

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Premier luxury at Chiawa Camp Lower Zambezi

If you want value for money, quality, warmth, family feelings, holiday magic and the best game viewing in Zambia, choose Chiawa Camp, one of the pioneering camps in the stunning Lower Zambezi National Park where premium luxury safaris and accommodation take your breath away.

Meet the legendary Cummings family who started the idea of Chiawa and now have several top class camps in Zambia, offering first class safaris for clients who really care about wildlife and the environment. 

Chiawa is a multi-award winning destination on the magic Zambezi River where elephant herds, hippos, crocs, Tigerfish, rare antelope, wild dog, leopards and lions continue their existence in harmony with the wilderness setting. Lush riverine trees and reeds line the banks of the river and inland wetlands where guest explore on game drives, boat cruises, canoe trips and walking safaris. In fact, Chiawa is renowned for its world class walking safaris in pristine game reserve surroundings of the Lower Zambezi National Park.

Meet warm Zambian staff who care about your every need in a camp that has been upgraded to a five star, relaxed experience in nature.  Feel the history here, of explorer David Livingstone who walked these wooded areas, in awe of what he saw, such rich biodiversity and heritage of the African continent. The Cumings family felt it too and started the first photo safari business into the Lower Zambezi with Chiawa as their rustic base. The camp was created from wood and reeds, thatch and rocks in those days, and today it rates as a five star luxury camp offering various packages and activities.

Relax in the inviting thatched and wood bar-lounge area and wander upstairs at sunset to view the panorama from there, across the river into Zimbabwe‘s Mana Pools National Park. Then sample nouvelle bush cuisine from a highly talented chef who blends African and European tastes in a smorgasbord of delights. Dine around the blazing African fire and learn more about wildlife than you ever thought possible. Dip into the swimming pool at dawn to herald the sunrise and start another day in paradise!

There is also a very convenient exercise area for those who like to move after a game drive, outside in nature, overlooking the Zambezi valley. How glorious to exercise like this! Tented chalets await your sleep, and guests will love the upgraded design and décor since 2020 – the classic safari tent on a raised deck on the river where elephants wander constantly, at home here in this camp that has been here for decades.

The ultimate bush chalet contains king size beds, luxury linens, electric fans, lounge areas, mosquito nets, room for a child or third member of the party, open air ball and claw bath with bush vistas, double basins, indoor shower, a desk and plenty of golden lighting. 

Each tent opens pout onto solid neat decks through vast sliding doors where guests can chill on leather chairs before plunging into private splash pools off this sunken outside lounge with a mind blowing view.  

Chiawa means ‘the one who shares’ and here, you will share your space with animals and with wonderful staff who go out of their way to satisfy your relaxation needs in the wilds of Zambia. Enjoy the shade of the ancient mahogany trees as you indulge in continual game viewing and dining in style.



Chiawa Camp is one of the pioneering safari destinations in the Lower Zambezi National Park and is owned by a renowned family from Lusaka, the Cummings family. Their dedication to the conservation of all species is inherent in their camps and destination choices for their guests. 

Chiawa started out as a rustic seasonal camp on the Zambezi River and is now an organised operation with a sister camp downstream and other fancy camps in the South Luangwa National Park. 

Today Chiawa Camp in the Lower Zambezi National Park of Zambia is a famous canoeing and boating safari destination where game drives and walks into the wilderness are top class too. Guests are treated to five star tented accommodation on solid wooden platforms with private plunge pools, outside bathtubs and hot showers, fans, Wi-Fi and delightful beds with extensive views over the entire river valley into Zimbabwe beyond. Elephants wander into camp daily and swim across the river for variety. Leopards haunt this beautiful place and the Chiawa game rangers are adept at finding them and tracking them with guests in tow.

Welcome to one of the finest safari experiences you will ever have in Africa when you get the best of both worlds – adventure into the wilds of Africa and accommodation that reeks of luxury and hands-on hospitality. Chiawa Camp has been built by hand by local people who are dedicated tourism and conservation, sustainability ethics for all. They will show you your tent and be on hand to ensure your needs are met daily. Tuck into nouvelle bush cuisine and traditional Zambian foods as you flit about on game drives, fishing trips, canoeing excursions and some of the best bush walks ever guided in Zambia.

Chiawa Camp is fast becoming the wedding venue of choice with couples in love who also want a dream honeymoon on the Zambezi River game viewing in luxury and tranquility. They can stay in one of the luxury tented chalets overlooking the dry river bed or the flowing river, marvelling at the lavish facilities and views of wildlife and tall mahogany trees that seem to go on forever. 

Ask Voyage2Africa about special package rates to Chiawa Camp and book your own romantic escape for a few days to the Lower Zambezi National Park to find the solitude, the wildlife and special people who care about your needs in nature.

What do past clients say about this destination?


It was my dream destination and when my husband booked us a week away at Chiawa Camp in the Lower Zambezi Valley, I was in seventh heaven. the Cumings family has been operating here for decades so we were part of a very slick, very eco-conscious set-up. The bush walks were the best part of my day, getting out into the park and seeing animal tracks, birds, insects and huge old trees. We established a genuine rapport with our game ranger and tracker! The leopard sighting at dusk just near the river was amazing too! Five-star food and a tent with an outside bathtub!

Jenna May

Amazing Holiday Packages including Chiawa Camp

From $1,116



  • Game drives
  • Walking safaris
  • Birding
  • Canoeing
  • Boat safaris
  • Tiger fishing


  • Transfers between Chiawa Camp/Old Mondoro and Jeki/Royal airstrips
  • Luxury accommodation
  • All meals 
  • All beverages
  • Professionally guided game viewing drives (day and night), canoe trips, bush walks, boat trips, angling 
  • Daily laundry

Relaxing spot on the wooden deck area at Chiawa Camp in Zambia
that include this property


  • Super-King size bed with overhead fan inside the mosquito net
  • Ball & Claw Bath
  • Indoor and outdoor shower
  • Indoor and outdoor seating
  • Spacious, shaded veranda
  • Bench-wallow -a refreshing plunge pool / relaxation area
  • Dressing table and hair dryer
  • Tea/Coffee facilities
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Airport transfer
  • Laundry 
  • Swimming Pool
  • Indoor Fireplace


  • Personalised family run safari business with hands on bush walking tours into the Lower Zambezi National Park, Tiger fishing boating outings, stimulating game drives and amazing canoeing
  • Tented suites with outside bath tubs and extensive views over the Zambezi River into Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park
  • Fine foods and wines delivered to your plate every day, traditional Zambian fare infused with international flavours and flair – enjoy boma fires every evening
  • Delightful elephant herd visits every day and plenty of birds around the tall old mahogany trees that shade the camp – sit on your private deck and chill out.

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