River Safaris

Boat Cruises, or Zambezi River Safaris are 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. Thus, each river safari gives guests the opportunity to see more of the river and perhaps more Zambian wildlife by being able to cover more area – and in more comfort and safety than a canoe. Each boat carries a first aid kit, flares, VHF radio, sufficient life vests, fire extinguisher, and of course the obligatory cool box.

 

Guided by one of our expert river guides who will have grown up on the Zambezi, explore the main bank, islands and channels coming across fish eagles, herons, perhaps a buffalo lurking in the reeds, a crocs and hippos sunning themselves, or elephants crossing the river – these are a relaxing way to enjoy wildlife viewing all the while in awe of the scenery. As the sun sets, your guide will pour your cocktails of choice and serve you snacks before gently motoring back to camp or dropping you off at a waiting 4x4 to take you on a night drive. Sometimes we use the boats to drop off our walks on the mainland or – for those wanting a walk on a totally pristine habitat with no vehicles - on the permanent islands.

Day & Night Drives
Day & Night Drives
 
A “game drive” is a safari activity conducted in an open 4x4 safari vehicle. This is the most effective way to see wildlife as these cover much ground and can get close sightings...
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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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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...