At Chiawa Safaris, “conservation” is not just a word but a way of life

Life in camp

• Chiawa Camp & Old Mondoro went completely off-grid in 2023 by installing an impressive solar plant at each
• camps designed and built to the code of Environmental Council of Zambia and Zambia Wildlife Authority
• use of renewable materials in construction, natural materials locally purchased.
• considerate design of the camps which blend in with the environment rather than making a statement to stand out against it
• strict trash in/trash out policy
• 240 volt silent inverter standby power for camps to reduce fossil fuel dependence by 30%
• low energy LED light bulbs throughout to reduce fossil fuel usage
• provision of personal water bottles to all guests to reduce consumption of plastic water bottles which resulted in a reduction of waste by approx. 3000 plastic water bottles in 2009
• replacing of 2 stroke outboard boat motors to 4 stroke, reducing emissions and fossil fuel consumption by 50%
• use of recycled paper in all printing of promotional materials

Responsible activities, guests’ education

• considerate guiding; wildlife is observed not influenced or interfered with by our guides. Off-road driving is kept to a minimum
• Chiawa Camp designed code of ethics and safari guide training manual for all LZ safari guides in order to ensure more competent and appropriate guiding by all LZ guides; this commitment is now being extended into the South Luangwa
• sensitive interaction of the camp, its owners and employees/guides with the habitat and wildlife of the Lower Zambezi and South Luangwa.
• guests are introduced to local, relevant principles of ecology & conservation, so they leave empowered and with knowledge that their visit has been part of the solution, not part of the problem.
• offering non-motorised activities such as walks and canoeing to reduce emissions and fossil fuel usage
• first operator to practice catch & release sport angling and subsequently successfully lobbied government to impose a ban on the killing of any fish species in the LZNP – this is a noteworthy conservation success

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For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.
- Jacques-Yves Cousteau

The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.
- Charles Darwin

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.
- Aristotle

Man is the most insane species. He worships an invisible God and destroys a visible Nature. Unaware that this Nature he’s destroying is this God he’s worshiping.
- Hubert Reeves

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