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Reviewed 31 August 2015

We were on our sixth trip to Africa and first to Zambia. This was our fifth of six "camps" on this trip and ranks right up in the top five of the 35 camps we have visited. The river setting is stunningly beautiful with an abundance of animal and bird wildlife. The year had been very dry, so the river was an even bigger attraction than ever for the animals. Anita, Peter and all of the camp personnel were warm and welcoming and went out of their way to make us feel as we belonged. The game drives were very good with a wide array of wildlife morning and night! The big find for us was a superb viewing of the African Civet which we had only glimpsed on previous safaris. Just about every animal except the Cheetah can be found in the Lower Zambezi NP. The river safaris are not to be missed as you see lots of critters on the islands in the river and can get very close without alarming them. There were more hippos here than in all the rest of the camps we have visited combined!

Anita had us in the "Honeymoon" cottage at the very end of the trail int he camp, so we enjoyed the seclusion and privacy as if we were the only ones in the camp! Several times we had to detour along the river as there was a rogue elephant bullying his way around the grounds. The staff was always vigilant and kept us well out of harms way!

One night my wife and I were treated to a candle lit dinner for two, anchored out among hippos alone on the river, hands down the most romantic evening ever in Africa!

Thanks Anita, Peter and everyone else working at Chiawa for making this such a wonderful African experience! (Peter, hope the leg is getting better!)

Room tip: The Honeymoon suite is the most private and quietest.
Date of stay: July 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank JamesW227
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Reviewed 31 August 2015

Chiawa is located on the banks of the mighty Zambezi river that divides Zambia from Zimbabwe. We love to be out in the bush and this camp had such a wild feel to it.
We flew in by charter to Royal Airstrip and were boated off to Chiawa. Peter and Anita are superbe hosts and run a tight ship in the middle of the bush.
Lunch was served on a pontoon style boat - just the two of us floating on the river - surrounded by hippo and even an elephant crossing from Zim to Zam in the far distance.

We really had to get used to the bush sounds made by hippos and elephants outside out tent. The ellies are frequent visitors of the camp and I almost shared an outside shower with Matata, the in house elephant. We were interested visiting Chiawa by the possibility of walking safaris - more on that later - but our trips by canoe were amazing, surrounded as we were by hippos, elephants, crocs, buffalo. On our drives we saw many cats: a leopard with 2 cubs who had dragged an impala up a tree in broad daylight, while we watched them feeding on the impala from our vehicle 15 metres away and a large pride of lions at close range snacking on a baby elephant. Upon our return to Chiawa that evening our host Peter explained it was a Blue Moon and he had a special surprise: dinner ( a traditional Braai combined with Zambezian food) would be served by moonlight on an island in the middle of the Zambezi. It was so special to boat on the Zambezi at night by moonlight. The path to the tables was lined with candles. All these small details made it the best safari experience we ever had.
We also had an elephant in musth chasing us during the walking safari - honestly thought we were going to get trampled as one of the rangers had to fire a shot…! Thankfully another Jeep heard the shot and came to the rescue. What an adventure!
The beauty of the Zambezi takes your breath away - the icing on the cake is the fantastic staff at Chiawa Camp that is well trained in keeping the guests safe, knowledgeable and ensure a superbe safari experience.
If I could live there; I would!

Date of stay: August 2015
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank MarinaBahrain
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Reviewed 23 August 2015

We had high expectations as Chiawa is described as one of the best camps in Southern Africa so it had a lot to live up to. It did; and some. Highlights included seeing 3 leopards and 2 cubs within 12 hours of arriving; enjoying a magical barbecue at "Bedrock" under the African stars; adventuring for an epic 8 hour drive to hunt Zebra (towards Old Mondoro Camp) taking in 3 lions en route and enjoying our daughter's birthday lunch picnic overlooking the river Zambezi. On the same day, we took an evening river cruise with dinner and a cappella singing (happy birthday) on the Zambezi. Chiawa is renowned for its canoe safaris; we opted for the longer of the two on offer, taking a near silent look at hippos and crocs at close quarters and watching a solitary bull elephant crossing the Zambezi from Zimbabwe. Magical. The very friendly and professional team immediately make you feel one of the family. There is a great camp vibe - very relaxed but with an undercurrent of excitement and regular reports of drives and animal sightings. A particular thank you is due to Joshua, Tess, Dave and Daniel who managed a very tight ship and ensured that our every need was catered for. Thanks are also due to our expert guides, in particular to Daniel, Spencer, Wallace and Bright who gave us many fantastic animal memories including cubs, charging bull elephants and Zebra. There simply aren't enough superlatives to describe Chiawa. This is a luxurious experience - roll top baths and spacious tents. Relaxed bar area where the crew are welcoming and always have a story to share. Wonderful food cooked by the two chefs. A team of 42 keeps up to 18 guests pampered and entertained in the depths of the Zambian bush - and they are full of surprises. Simply wonderful in every way. 5 stars doesn't begin to do Chiawa justice. Wonderful.

Date of stay: August 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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1  Thank Randl93
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Reviewed 2 August 2015

Third trip to Africa, first trip to Zambia ,we stayed 2 nights at the rustic bush camp Old Mondoro before transferring up river to Chiawa for 5 nights. This trip itself is a great experience we saw lots of birds, hippo's and a huge elephant right on the river bank.Tip if you sitting at the front of the boat wear lots of sunscreen. We were met by the delightful Anita and her husband Peter who proceeded to ensure we had an amazing stay, starting off with a huge elephant in camp as we had arrival drinks. Being early in the season undergrowth was still fairly thick but we still managed to see lots of game including a pride of 8 lions, a leopard, civet, porcupine, quite a few elephants with babies which is always amazing to watch.In between game drives there is always something to do on the mighty Zambezi, we fished, canoed, a not to missed experience and lunched, sunrises and sunsets are stunning and then to cap it off on our last night which was our 35th Wedding Anniversary they arranged a surprise dinner for us, taking us out on a candle lit boat and mooring us in the middle of the river, bringing each course when we contacted them by radio, it is the best and most memorable anniversary we have had, made more so by the hauntingly beautiful sound of a lion calling from across the river in Zimbabwe.
Make sure you give yourself time to enjoy this special camp, it's stunning location and the wonderful staff who will make you feel like family, one last tip forget the diet. Thanks again Anita & Peter hopefully we will get back one day.
Rita & Robert.

Date of stay: May 2015
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 August 2015

Our family of five from DC and NYC (grown children ages 28, 25, and 21) , first ever trip to Africa, first safari, couldn't have dreamed of a more glorious experience than our time at Chiawa. The accommodations were wonderful; the food and dining settings inspired, especially the breakfast circle at sunrise. On our first night in Africa, fresh off the plane, we were kept awake by hippos and hyenas outside out tent! We were originally drawn to Zambia by promises of walking safaris - which were great - but our adventures by canoe were so fantastic, surrounded as we were by hippos, elephants, crocs, incredible birds.
Our guides at Chiawa were uniformly outstanding, knowledgeable and fun. On our drives we saw many cats: a leopard who had dragged an impala up a tree in broad daylight, while we watched from our vehicle 30 ft away, totally mesmerized; a large pride of lions at close range letting out a bone-chilling collective roar at dusk, heard back at camp 8 kilometers away. After our final night drive, we return to camp to discover that dinner would be served by torchlight on an island in the middle of the river. It was all magical; we were sad to leave after 4 thrilling days. Many thanks to our hosts, Anita and Peter, and our guides: Chris, Wallace and Despenser.

Date of stay: June 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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1  Thank Ben V
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