It’s like a scene from “Out of Africa.” Except that this is Zambia (which offers some of Africa’s most authentic safari experiences), not Kenya.
And instead of Karen Blixen’s bush tents, Chiawa camp hugs the mighty Zambezi River.
Unforgettable elephants are the big draw at Chiawa. And hippos, crocodiles, Cape buffalo, baboons and even the occasional lion.
But Chiawa also nails the African, luxury-in-the-bush, glamping experience.
Chiawa safari camp
Chiawa was the first safari camp to open in Lower Zambezi National Park back in 1991.
Today, it’s still owned and operated by the conservation-minded Cummings family. And it’s the premier place in the Zambian park to get your game-viewing fix of river-based wildlife. Think:
- deluxe permanent tents outfitted with claw-footed tubs, colonial-style furnishings and plush king-size beds
- romantic champagne lunches on a small aluminum boat while drifting down the Zambezi, past hundreds of snorting hippos
- guided canoeing excursions, exploring myriad river channels (we saw amazing birdlife and crocs galore!)
Well, you get the picture…
Herds of elephants
And what about those elephants? About 2,000 pachyderms inhabit the Lower Zambezi National Park – and you see hundreds of them up close when staying at Chiawa. You might not even have to leave for a stupendous sighting.
A big long-tusked bull is a frequent visitor to the unfenced camp.
Sometimes he wanders right by the al fresco dining veranda at breakfast time, almost within touching distance. Just don’t spill your coffee if he thrusts his trunk at you and waves…
Our published travel articles
See our story on TravelSquire.com. Also see our post “Crocs? Hippos? We’re canoeing the Zambezi River!” (it links to our travel article published in The Vancouver Sun and Postmedia chain of major Canadian daily newspapers).