Chiawa Camp- Where Luxury Meets the Bush

LOWER ZAMBEZI, ZAMBIA (09/06) — Chiawa Camp sits peacefully in a grove of mahogany and acacia trees along the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. The camp, run by naturalist Grant Cummings and his family, is constructed almost entirely out of natural materials and is the epitome of bush luxury. The camp was voted ‘One of Africa’s Top Ten Safari Camps’ by Conde Nast’s Best of the Best Series.

Attracted to Africa over a century ago, the Cummings family have for three generations been dedicated to exploring and conserving the wilderness of the Lower Zambezi and have carried that tradition over to Chiawa. Grant Cummings is currently the Chairman of Conservation Lower Zambezi (CLZ), a volunteer organization committed to the protection of the wildlife and habits of this region. Along with its commitment to the environment the Family has developed a reputation for uncompromising and personalized service at the Camp.

Chiawa comprises eight well-appointed safari tents which can accommodate a total of sixteen guests. Each luxury tent features a raised timber deck with private veranda, thatched roofs, and the en-suite facilities include hot and cold running water, twin or double beds, insect screens, and solar powered lighting. The spacious lounge and bar area has an observation platform built into its roof, providing an exceptional view of the valley and the roaming game. The dining area looks out onto the river and the wildlife who regularly come to drink and feed at its banks.

Chiawa Camp is renowned for its excellent cuisine, described as an Afro/Euro
fusion. Depending on the day’s activities, breakfasts, brunches and lunches are hot and cold buffet usually served al-fresco in the bush or on a boat while floating down the Zambezi. Afternoon tea is served upstairs on the viewing platform overlooking the Zambezi and just prior to the afternoon safari activities. Gourmet dinners are four courses and served under the stars by the camp fire or, during the full moon, on a sand bar in the middle of the Zambezi. After dinner the Chiawa Camp Choir, a cast of the lodge’s cooks, cleaners, coxswains, and barmen, sing hymns by the fire light.

Safari activities include morning and evening game drives, guided bush walks, dugout canoe trips along the riverbank with excellent viewing of vibrantly-colored birds and other wildlife, and relaxing on the comfortable pontoon boats for river safaris. Expert guides cater to all levels of anglers and guests have an opportunity to catch the world’s toughest of fresh water fish – the Tigerfish.

Rates at Chiawa range from $495.00 to $900.00.* Rates include accommodations, meals, drinks, game drives, park fees, airport transfers, canoe trips, laundry, bar and taxes. Chiawa is open April 15th through November 15th. Children of 12 years and older are welcome; children younger than 12 years require special arrangement made prior to the visit. For more information please e-mail or visit the website at

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