The Lower Zambezi National Park, by virtue of the Zambezi River and its parallel escarpment, is one of Africa’s most scenic wildernesses, home to an impressive quantity and variety of wildlife that can be viewed not only on the more usual land-based Lower Zambezi activities, but also on a variety of water-based activities, and in the camps themselves.
In comparison to typical African safaris, the Lower Zambezi safari experience is unique: more remote, more exclusive, and experiential in nature. While both guests and guides require more patience with regards to game viewing, the results are often outstanding.
Chiawa Camp and Old Mondoro are located in the middle of prime wildlife and habitat zones of the Lower Zambezi National Park, so we usually do not have to travel far to see wildlife. What’s more, often wildlife make their way into camp to visit us, providing out-of-this-world game sightings. Wildlife to be spotted includes elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, waterbuck, hippos and crocodiles.
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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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
Catch and 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...Read More
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...Read More
There are two photographic/viewing hides close to Chiawa Camp (not available at Old Mondoro), these are treated as a walking activity inasmuch...Read more
The best camps are those with the best guides and Chiawa has some of the best in Southern Africa.
This was an outstanding safari experience such that the five days at this camp where at the top of our total 25 days experience staying at safari camps across Africa.
With 20+ camp visits and 200 safari drives under my belt I feel qualified to say Chiawa is one of the best in Southern Africa.
Great wildlife sightings and very comfortable vehicles topped off a superb stay at Chiawa Camp. Definitely a place we will return too.
Guides here all seemed to have the most amazing tracking skills and could track anything. We had a double sighting of leopard with 2 very young cubs plus a pride of 5 lions plus tracked 2 male lions and many elephant and buffalo.
The guides are super knowledgeable, and the river element offers something very unique - fishing for Tigers, elephants swimming, sunset cruises, crocs and hippos, etc. I could go on...tell your outfitter to include this property!