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Chula Island Camp

Tranquil tented camp nestled on an island in the Lower Zambezi River
Lower ZambeziZambia· 5 Rooms · £££

Lovely island camp with brilliant activities and wildlife

A wonderful way to enjoy everything that the Lower Zambezi has to offer in an intimate, quiet setting

Nestled under the green mahogany trees of a small island in the Zambezi River within Lower Zambezi National Park, Chula Island Camp is an intimate tented camp that provides rustic charm with everything a modern day traveller could want. Situated above a flood plain looking out to the river, it offers stunning views with wildlife cruising in front of camp daily, while being an oasis of shade and peace for its guests.

The lodge is made up of just 5 tents and a mess, ensuring a personalised stay and also means that the peace and tranquility of the area is only disturbed by hippos snorting and elephant rumbling. Each tent is situated with a view over the river, meaning one can enjoy the wildlife from the comfort of your bed or personal seating area. The tents are spacious with comfortable beds and outdoor bathrooms attached, which combine modern comforts with the wild feeling of a bucket shower under the stars. The mess tent is perched on the bank overlooking a small channel and is pleasantly shaded by the amazing trees of the area while offering beautiful views. Guests can relax in the mess during the day and enjoy the view while enjoying a cold drink or in the evening sit by the fire and enjoy the magnificent night sky. Sit back and enjoy the amazing service and view, while food served throughout the day or out on activities is fabulous.

The Lower Zambezi National Park boasts some of the finest wildlife viewing opportunities in all of Zambia, made even more special by the majestic Zambezi River flowing through its heart. From incredible sightings of the elusive leopard to witnessing massive herds of elephant, buffalo, and impala, the park offers intimate encounters with Africa's iconic animals. Chula Island Camp provides guests with various ways to explore the region's diverse wildlife and breathtaking scenery. A great range of activities are available, including traditional game drives during the day and at night, and expertly guided bush walks that immerse you in the wilderness. Additionally, you can experience the Zambezi River up close by embarking on boat and canoe excursions, or try your hand at the thrilling sport of tiger fishing. Whether on land or water, Chula Island Camp ensures unforgettable moments in this extraordinary natural haven.

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January

January is a good time to visit Victoria Falls, but the rest of the country is very humid and wet leading to many camps shutting during January.

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February

February remains wet, so its a good month to visit the thundering Victoria Falls, however only a few camps stay open for boating and walking. The rains have created lush vegetation, during this time of year it is alive with the sound of migratory birds in their breeding plumage, an excellent time for birders to visit Zambia.

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March

If you want to witness Vic Falls at its fullest, March is the month to visit, with huge volumes of spray often obscuring the view. The birding is still magnificent in March, and camps offer fantastic value for money as there are no crowds.

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April

In April the weather starts to dry, however rain remains a prominent feature of April. In the Lower Zambezi National Park, lush vegetation is at its thickest making animals more difficult to spot. April is seen to be the best time of year to witness the rarely seen Wild Dog in South Luangwa National Park.

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May

May is a mixed month, the onset of the dry season means rains are unlikely, however access to certain camps is tricky due to sodden grounds. Game viewing in South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi begin to improve as the vegetation things and waterholes begin to dry up, forcing wildlife together.

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June

June is a great time to visit Zambia, the ground starts to dry out and camps are offering excellent deals and there are few visitors to share safari vehicles so you may have some areas to yourself.

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July

July is high season, temperatures rise and all the camps are officially open. If you want to see game then South Luangwa is the best option, whereas the Lower Zambezi is perfect for river cruises and fishing.

Victoria falls is at its best, without being overly wet and clouded with spray.

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August

August's hot and dry weather kicks off what Zambia is famous for, walking safaris. It is the prime time to combine game viewing with Victoria Falls.

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September

Temperatures sore in September reaching high 20's making the long days particularly pleasant. This month sees Carmine Bee Eaters arrive, flocks of hundreds nest in river banks providing a thrilling spectacle of colour and sound.

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October

October sees temperatures sore again, game viewing is best done in the early mornings to avoid the hot midday sun.

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November

November brings the start of the rainy season, but the good news is the sporadic showers are not too disruptive and visitors get to see dramatic skies and stormy skies brewing. Temperatures are high and it can be humid, but the mixed weather brings great value stays. Plus many young animals are being born, making it a fantastic time to see the parks come to life.

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December

The rainy season is in full force in December, grasslands begin to lengthen, foliage thickens and game viewing becomes a little trickier. The rivers rise and dependant on water levels travellers can visit 'devils pool' at Vic Falls, providing high excitement and a head for heights needed if you want to get close to the drop off.

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