If you’re looking to go on an African safari vacation, and you want a safari that is not overcrowded with people and vehicles, plus you want an abundance of adventure and amazing game viewing, Chiawa Camp on the Zambezi River in Zambia must be on your bucket list.

My dad and I had the pleasure of visiting Chiawa Camp a few years back.  I like to take my dad away for some special daddy/daughter time, there’s something special about being on safari with your dad.  My dad has lived in Zimbabwe all his life, and hasn’t had the opportunity to explore the game reserves as much as I have – so my time with him is cherished, and especially when he opens his mouth in awe at the game viewing we got to witness at Chiawa.

We arrived at the Royal Airstrip on a small charter flight from Lusaka, and were whisked down to the Zambezi River where we took a fast speed boat to camp.  Along the way, we got to see hippos, two young elephants playing at the water’s edge.  We slowed down to arrive at camp, which is set under a grove of Evergreen trees and the beauty of the set up of Chiawa just oozed charm and friendliness.  The staff were waving to us from land, and served us a refreshing cocktail and a much needed cool towel to freshen up.

Activities at Chiawa are exciting to say the least!  Game drives (both night and day), walking, canoeing and fishing (catch and release) are on offer.   Game drives offer you the opportunity to get close to the big game – lion, wild dog, leopard.  Walking safaris are a great way to get to know the small things – like what elephants actually eat, or understand the termite mounds.  If you’re looking for a little bit of adrenalin then taking a canoe ride is definitely up your alley.  Dad and I did this and came across a solitary bull buffalo, he didn’t take kindly to us so we had to do some negotiating to get past him.  Also on the return to camp, we got to see a herd of elephants swimming across towards Zimbabwe with their trunks up in the air.  They could definitely smell us, you can tell by the way they point the opening of their trunk towards the direction of the smell.

Chiawa has a sense of family.  The camp is family owned, most of the staff have been there for years and years, and the guides are some of the finest in Africa.

You’ll feel welcomed at Chiawa, as I did.  But you’ll leave knowing that you want to return.  Chiawa just has it all!

If you’re looking for a safari where you can feel alive each morning, be away from the madding crowd and have a safari that offers game drives, boating, fishing, canoeing and walking, then Chiawa is the place to be.

Contact us at Hills of Africa Travel to book your African safari adventure today on 1-800-940-9344.

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