The tents have all conveniences and unexpected luxuries such as free WiFi, 24/7 lighting and charging facilities, 220v UK plugs, 24/7 hot & cold running water, king size beds, Egyptian cotton linens, his and hers washbasins, indoor and outdoor showers and ball and claw baths complemented by high quality, eco-friendly amenities.
Chiawa Camp is well known for offering excellent cuisines which are an Afro/Euro fusion. Their well trained and imaginative chefs ensure meals are of the highest standard despite the remote and basic conditions in the bush. The meals are prepared with the freshest of ingredients and with the utmost of care. Vegetarians, vegans, gluten free, and lactose intolerant diets can be prepared on request.
The safari camp has a stunning thatched lounge/bar area with an upstairs viewing deck that provides one of the best views of the Zambezi River. The bar has a wide variety of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
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A 'game drive' is a safari activity conducted in an open 4×4 safari vehicle. This is the most effective way to see wildlife as these cover much ground and can get close sightings with out placing our guests in harms way or disturbing the wildlife that has come to accept our vehicles almost as much as the scenery around them.
Walks are an interesting way to get a 'back stage pass' look at the wildlife and how the ecology of the Lower Zambezi works. The guides are trained naturalists who can not only identify spoor, birds, plants and insects but also explain in interesting detail how these all interact with each other.
Canoe trips always head downstream, eastwards, as the current of the Zambezi is deceptively powerful. The canoes take either 2 or 3 people. All trips are led by at least one pro guide with current experience of that stretch of the river.
Boat Cruises or River Safaris conducted on custom built, stable pontoon boats with a canopy that can be raised or lowered according to circumstance and powered by near-silent, environmentally sensitive 4-stroke outboard motors.
Fishing for tiger fish, for those who are keen, is one of the seaonal specialties of the Zambezi River. We say seasonal as definitely the best time to catch them is from late August to mid November during the hotter months although tiger fish.
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Netting and killing of any fish is not permitted within the National Park – 100% catch & release for all species. Additionally no live or cut bait is permitted (artificial lures only), no ultra light tackle (minimum 20lb) and only one single de-barbed hook per line is allowed. These measures have all been proven by science to reduce stress and mortality of caught and released fish, making this activity in the National Park more consciencable and sustainable, and hence making this stretch of the Zambezi River the most protected stretch along its length.
Which consequently offers some of the most productive sport angling opportunities available. Both Chiawa Camp and Old Mondoro have expert river guides who have grown up on the Zambezi and who have been guiding anglers, novice and expert alike, for a decade and more. With our custom built 18' pontoon boats and intimate, local knowledge of the river there is nowhere else on the Zambezi that offers finer opportunities to fish from. Over the years absolute beginners and world-class anglers alike have set a number of IGFA World Records for tiger fish at Chiawa Camp.
The tiger fish is a wily and strong adversary. Somewhere between a trout and a piranha on the evolutionary scale, they are equipped with large bony jaws and a mouthful of razor sharp interlocking teeth. Wire leaders and strong, sharp hooks are a must. Apex predators, they eat smaller fish up to 75% their own length including their own species, and even young ducks and swimming reptiles.
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