Day & Night Drives

A game drive tends to be the most popular Zambia safari activity and is conducted in an open 4x4 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. We eschew canopies as these interfere with the views of the trees and birds during the day, and at night the stars. 

 

Each vehicle has 3 bench seats with a back rest and a foot rest for each, so up to 6 guests can each travel comfortably with a ‘window seat’ however we typically restrict each game drive to 4 guests maximum. These leave camp in the morning and return before brunch, halting for a mid-morning coffee stop. Cooler boxes and a First aid kit are carried on each vehicle, which is also equipped with a VHF radio for safety and for our guides to share news of interesting sightings so that the likelihood of any of our guests missing out on a great sighting is minimized.

 

Your Zambian safari guide is an expert in the bush and will point out interesting subjects as if by magic: a flick of a tail here, a curve of an ear there, a movement wherever. If one opts for a game drive in the afternoon, this will depart after high tea and then stop at sunset for sundowners (snacks and a drink, usually a cocktail, of your choice) before an experienced tracker assisting the guide switches on a red filtered spotlight and looking for the nocturnal creatures on a “night drive”. The light will be handled sensitively, avoiding shining on the eyes of any animals but particularly the herbivores so as not to influence any behaviour or outcomes. Even the vehicle’s head lamps are covered with red filters, as the red light reduces discomfort and improves the viewing experience for all concerned.

 

Photographers are also well catered to on our night drives whereby Chiawa Camp & Old Mondoro are the only camps we know of in Africa that offer diffused white lights for photography which eliminates any "hot spot" and creates a more naturally lit subject without any disturbance whatsoever, however effective range is limited to about 15M. Our guides will help you set your camera for best results, and ensuring your flash is switched off. Night drives will return to camp before dinner.

 

View our Photography Policy for night games drives

Bush Walks
Bush Walks
 
Walks are an interesting way to get a “back stage pass” look at the wildlife and how the ecology of the Lower Zambezi works. Our guides are trained naturalists who can not only identify spoor, birds, plants and insects but also explain in interesting detail how these all interact with each other...
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Canoe Trips
Canoe Trips
 
Canoe trips always head downstream, eastwards, as the current of the Zambezi is deceptively powerful. The canoes take either 2 or 3 people. All trips are led by at least one pro guide with current experience of that stretch of the river...
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River Safaris
River Safaris
 
Boat Cruises or River Safaris 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...
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Catch & Release Angling
Catch & Release Angling
 
Fishing for tiger fish, for those who are keen, is one of the seaonal specialties of the Zambezi River. We say seasonal as definitely the best time to catch them is from late August to mid November during the hotter months although tiger fish...
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Hides
Hides
 
There are two photographic/viewing hides close to Chiawa Camp (not available at Old Mondoro), these are treated as a walking activity inasmuch...
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Guide Bio's
Guide Bio's
 
Private Guiding is available at a surcharge and by prior arrangement for Game Drives and Fishing however we only recommend this for those who do not wish to share their activities with others...
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Guide Bio's - Chiawa Camp
Guide Bio's - Old Mondoro

Chiawa Camp
Chiawa Camp
An iconic safari camp - 'Best in Africa', award winning hospitality and guiding
Lower Zambezi
Lower Zambezi
The Lower Zambezi National Park is unspoiled and well protected...
Old Mondoro
Old Mondoro
An iconic bush camp - intimate and closer to nature
Videos
Videos
Videos - Chiawa Camp & Old Mondoro
Chiawa Camp - Special Occasions
Chiawa Camp - Special Occasions
Ideal for special occasions, intimate weddings and honeymoons in the bush...
Cuisine
Cuisine
Chiawa Camp & Old Mondoro are renowned for its excellent cuisine...