The Camp

Chiawa Camp blends in effortlessly with its idyllic surroundings, and provides a retreat which guests are invited to make their home away from home. Guests receive the friendliest of welcomes, the biggest of smiles and leave as friends to return time and again, to experience the very best in Africa.

On the banks of the Zambezi River, under a grove of evergreen Mahogany trees, Chiawa Camp holds the prime position in the heart of Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park.

An upstairs viewing deck provides one of the best views of the Zambezi River

It is at this very spot where the Cumings Family first explored this area for themselves decades ago, the place where David Livingstone ventured nearly 150 years previously, and where, in 1989, they created the very first photo safari operation in the Lower Zambezi National Park. Through their efforts, Chiawa has since become one of Africa’s most desirable, sought after safari destinations.

A stunning thatched lounge/bar area with upstairs viewing deck provides one of the best views of the Zambezi River, and a fantastic setting to watch the sun set over another day in Africa. After enjoying Chiawa’s renowned cuisine on the al-fresco dining veranda, one can relax by the open camp fire with a cocktail in-hand, reminiscing upon the day’s adventures before retiring for the night. Each of the tents are a sanctuary of luxury and tranquillity.

Also available for guests’ enjoyment and relaxation are two perfectly positioned game viewing hides and a gorgeous swimming pool with timber sun deck overlooking the Zambezi.

For the more active, a small but well equipped, secluded Exercise Area with a splendid view of the Zambezi is available for guests who might wish to work off some calories or keep up their fitness levels.


The tents all have timber floors and verandas with excellent views and are accessible by paths running behind them, to maximise privacy.

All share ample comforts, conveniences and unexpected luxuries, complemented by high quality, eco-friendly amenities. These include:

We believe these tents set the standard for luxury Lower Zambezi National Park accommodation; however they still retain the rustic and unpretentious feel that Chiawa is so well-loved for.

Tents VII, VIII & Safari Suite all overlook the dry riverbed with quartering views of the Zambezi River whereas Tents I – VI face the Zambezi directly.

I cannot emphasise enough that this is a beautiful place to visit, and I would dearly love to return.

Amazing lodge in the wild - Chiawa is such stunning setting and classy in every way! 

Amazing on every level.

Luxury with serious game viewing - we were always made to feel special in a relaxed, friendly way.

Chiawa was five stars in every way.


These fabulous safari 'tents' take Chiawa Camp's accommodation to new heights, offering plenty of space and classic luxury yet utterly appropriate to the ethos of Chiawa Camp and the environment it strives to protect...

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Safari Tents VII-VIII

These two tents house their bathrooms on the side and have views quartering onto the Zambezi River and the usually dry Chowe floodplains which attract a variety of wildlife, making for excellent game viewing from your bed, deck, bath or shower. These rooms catch the afternoon sun and so have thatched roofs for additional cover...

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Safari Suite

Built from scratch in 2017 on the site of the old honeymoon tent, the “Safari Suite” redefines luxury safari accommodation for Zambia. Perched about 3 elephants high above the Zambezi and its flood plains with the most commanding view in the Lower Zambezi, the Safari Suite is private, elegant, spacious and breathtaking which will suit the more exacting guests who wish to indulge in..

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