The camp is set in a grove of acacia winter thorn trees on the banks of the Zambezi River in the Lower Zambezi National Park, near the Chakwenga River confluence. It is a beautiful site overlooking a maze of hippo-inhabited islands and channels, where elephant and buffalo swim out to feed. Here, the park is characterised by vast flood plains and open woodland, creating ideal walking and game viewing opportunities. This is very different from the rest of the park, which is on higher ground with thicker bush and large inland lagoons. The park offers excellent game viewing throughout.
Where Chiawa Camp is more luxurious and sophisticated, you will also enjoy the contrast of Old Mondoro’s 'back to the bush vintage' atmosphere. Appropriately constructed of canvas and natural materials, the camp has an open and more adventurous feel, yet offers personalised service and a comfortable retreat after a day filled with excitement in the bush. There are some excellent walking areas right out of camp, and in the afternoon you would usually combine a short walk with a night drive with a spotlight.
The five bush chalets have en-suite facilities, complete with an outdoor shower and ‘splash tub’ overlooking the Zambezi. The chalets are left open to enjoy the view during the day and at night, canvas drop-down blinds are lowered for more privacy and security. Two have two twin-beds and two are doubles, while one Chalet has two adjoining bedrooms, all with thick mattresses and comfortable bedding. All have outstanding views of the Zambezi or the Old Mondoro lagoon. The lounge and dining area rests under a winter thorn tree overlooking the river. A traditional bush kitchen prepares outstanding meals and fresh bread baked daily from a homemade oven. The entire experience is unpretentious and uncomplicated, but promises a unique safari that gives you the best bush experience possible.