Baines’ River Camp is situated on the Zambian banks of the Zambezi River in the unfenced wilderness of the Lower Zambezi Valley. Located within the Chiawa Game Management Area adjacent to the Lower Zambezi National Park, with traversing rights of over 5,500 square kilometres, the camp boasts magnificent views across the broad expanse of the Zambezi River to the Unesco World Heritage site of Mana Pools in neighbouring Zimbabwe.
|Coordinates:||S15°45 – E029°13|
|Nearest Airports:||Lusaka - 125 km by air / 0h30|
|Livingstone – 438 km by air / 1h30|
|Nearest Airstrip:||Royal Airstrip – 9 km from Baines|
Zambia’s Wilderness Areas
Most of Zambia’s 19 National Parks are bordered by Game Management Areas (GMAs). The country's GMAs are in themselves protected wilderness areas acting as a buffer between the national parks and human habitation, so playing a significant role in the conservation of Zambia's bio-diversity.
The Chiawa GMA is an unfenced area of some 2,300 square kilometres located on the western boundary of the Lower Zambezi National Park. The GMA is in itself divided into two sectors. The Chiawa Community live and grow their crops in the larger western sector. The protected eastern sector, bordering the national park, is devoted exclusively to conservation and non-consumptive safari tourism, so providing a 25 km secure buffer zone for wildlife movement in the area without permanent human habitation. The real benefits of being located in the GMA is that we have the opportunity to create a luxury camp made up of comfortable permanent structures, from which we can offer our guests an exhilarating safari experience with a variety of activities within the National Park, whilst keeping the environmental pressure on this natural resource to a minimum.
The Lower Zambezi Valley
Measuring 4,092 square kilometres, the Lower Zambezi National Park is surrounded by three GMAs: Luano in the North, Rufunsa to the East and the Chiawa GMA to the West. These GMAs together add 14,453 square kilometres of protected wildlife area to the Lower Zambezi National Park. To put this in perspective, together, this represents roughly 60% of the size of Belgium with its population of approximately 11.2-million people.
The Lower Zambezi Valley displays an overwhelming scenic beauty with pockets of different vegetation, ranging from thick bush to palm groves, albida forests, miombo woodlands and open plains, all set against the backdrop of the Zambezi Escarpment. Although the Valley is not home to “the Big Five”, with over 50 mammal species, visitors will find elephant, buffalo, hippopotamus and a variety of antelope in abundance with regular sightings of Lion, Leopard, Side-striped Jackal, Spotted Hhyena, and the endangered African Wild Dog. You will see many of the 370 bird species whilst drifting on the river, including African Skimmers, Carmine Bee-eaters, Ethiopian Snipes and perhaps a rare sighting of the elusive Narina Trogon. The majority of wildlife concentrates on the valley floor around the Zambezi River and its tributaries, which makes for very successful game viewing, both by vehicle and by boat.
Each day was full of surprises, having lunch on the banks of the Zambezi River, dinner in the bush, canoeing in one of the channels and of course the beautiful game drives in the Lower Zambezi National Park.Jan & Gillian Daniels, Perth, Australia, October 2015