Owned and run by the Cummings family Chiawa was one of the first few camps to be developed in the Lower Zambezi, its origins were somewhat more modest than the reputation that it has rightly built up since the late 90’s. Chiawa is now in my opinion a camp that is hard to fault. There are 9 tents, one of which, called the Safari-Suite, is quite a bit larger with its own deck and pool, this unit understandably comes at hefty premium. Each of the tents has a bathtub as well as showers both inside and outside, large, very comfortable beds and stylish furnishings.
As with most Lower Zambezi camps guests can choose between a wide variety of activities, game drives and walks are on offer each day but you should spend at least some time out on the river either simply cruising with a drink in hand watching the animals and birds on the bank or chance your hand at catching a tiger fish or two. The tiger fish is Africa’s most aggressive fresh water game-fish and is a specialty of these stretches of the Zambezi river, whilst most novices will use a lure or spinner it is becoming more popular to try and tempt these beasts with a fly.
The access airstrip for this camp is Jeki from where you will be driven to the river and then boated to camp. The camp operates from the start of May through until the middle of November and children under 8 years of age are not normally accepted.
Nothing is too much trouble for the staff at Chiawa and each guest will be made to feel very special. For those that enjoy the best of the best whilst on holiday this camp should be included.