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 that the reputation that it has rightly built up since the last 90’s. Chiawa is now in my opinion a camp that is hard to fault. There are 9 tents, 3 of them are of a slightly higher standard than the others but the remaining 6 were all upgraded in 2009 and the result is quite stunning, each 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 Royal from where guests are driven 10 minutes by car and then a further 10 by boat. The camp is open from the middle of April 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.
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