"The Cumings family is to Lower Zambezi what the Carrs are to Luangwa: bush dynasties whose passion for their environment has extended far beyond their own livelihoods into conservation and community outreach."
The Sunday Telegraph October 2004
"I don't think there's anything exceptional or noble in being philanthropic. It's the other attitude that confuses me."
Paul Newman 1925-2008
The Cumings Family and Chiawa Camp have been doing their best for the Zambian wildlife and people of the Lower Zambezi since Chiawa Camp was established in 1989, bringing conservation, tourism and an economy - and a future with hope - to wildlife that was under siege to poachers, and to people that had few options.
Chiawa Camp & Old Mondoro employ over 60 local Zambians from nearby areas plus others from further afield, are the first camps to employ non-management female workers, pay fair wages and apply strict policies on HIV, Safety and Discrimination.
They also ensure that their guides guide responsibly, ensuring every Zambian wildlife sighting is left much as it was found, that our footprint is as light as possible, and that guests leave enriched with new life-experiences, knowing that they have made a meaningful contribution to the long term sustainability of the Lower Zambezi.
Their business abides by their own "SEE 3 bottom lines" policy, namely our business approach is a holistic one, endeavouring to profit in ALL the following areas: Social, Environment & Economic
These pages, now, attempt to illustrate that at Chiawa Camp ‘conservation’ is not just a word but a way of life.