No visit to Zambia is complete without a visit to Chiawa Camp & Old Mondoro which will complement any customized safari perfectly, including those stopping at other nearby African countries.
Zambia's three stunning premier National Parks are all different. The escarpment and river experience of the Lower Zambezi, the lagoons and riverine woodland of the South Luangwa, the miombo woodland and vast open plains of the north Kafue are contrasting and all host exceptional game. The camps we would recommend are personalised, sometimes owner-run, offering spectacular safaris in the most remote areas with dedicated guides and excellent wildlife.
There are also more off the beaten track safaris we can recommend, such as to the remote Liuwa Plains National Park, which has some of the best hyena and wild dog viewing in the country, and the 2nd largest wildebeest migration after the Serengeti/Mara. There is also the Kasanka National Park famous for its spectacular bat migration - both these trips can be undertaken in November just at the end of the typical safari season in Zambia.
Naturally, side trips such as to the world-famous Victoria Falls, with visits to authentic local villages where diverse cultures and ceremonies can be experienced, are available and encouraged.
Your expert travel agent is well placed to assist you in booking the African safari of your dreams, however, we are on hand to offer our experience and advice if need be, even if you are considering visiting other parts of Zambia. As a guideline fully inclusive prices range from $500 per person per night to well in excess of $1000 per person per night depending on seasonality, length of stay, combination of camps and duration at each, time of booking and group size among others.
Please note that simply staying in the Lower Zambezi NP at our two camps is a safari in itself, one does not necessarily have to travel around the country when an abundance of variable Zambian wildlife, and adventure can be had between our two camps.
Why visit Chiawa Camp, or Old Mondoro, or both?
Visit either or both depending on time, interest and budget as both offer contrasting yet complementary safari experiences with the highest of standards!
Chiawa Camp is the larger, more luxurious and slightly more expensive of the two camps. Located 10km into the Park it is well placed in perhaps the best game viewing area and far enough away from the crowded GMA to its west. It excels at special occasions, and despite its 16 beds offers multi-award-winning, world-renowned flexibility, quality of guiding and quantity of guides (private guide requests for photography or fishing easily managed), hospitality and service. The terrain is more varied and arguably more interesting than at Old Mondoro, and with regular access to three different lion prides, lion sightings are generally excellent and reliable, with lions often seen in and around camp! Single travellers love the ambience of Chiawa Camp which never charges a single supplement!
Old Mondoro is a further 35km into the Park, more intimate and by design closer to nature, but with the necessary comforts and conveniences. Elephants seem to be in camp all the time. Old Mondoro offers the same Lower Zambezi safari activities as at Chiawa Camp, with great flexibility & great guiding. Lion viewing at Old Mondoro is erratic, but this is made up for by its prolific, wild but relaxed leopards, where guests are generally treated to multiple leopard sightings each day/night. The habitat is more open with towering winter thorn trees, great for walking in any direction, and this habitat means more kudu and zebra are seen than at Chiawa Camp. This is a great place to find aardvark and sometimes, pangolin.
Ideally visit both to get the Best of Both Worlds (see our Stay 7 pay 5, or Stay 5 pay 4) BOBW Combo’s which offer incredible value and truly the only way to get the very best that the Lower Zambezi has to offer.
Start at Chiawa Camp and then end with Old Mondoro if you can - it seems to work better that way.