Baines’ River Camp: The Lowdown

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Baines’ River Camp occupies a lovely spot on the river, just outside the Lower Zambezi National Park, ideal for a little spoiling and some water-based game viewing.

What’s Baines’ River Camp really like? 

Unlike many camps in Zambia, Baines’ eschews the ultra-rustic style and instead has a feel of elegant colonial luxury.  The main area has a traditional bungalow type feel, with cool tiled floors, a shady verandah, and views out over the river. There’s a bar, fireplace, library, a pool overlooking the river and even a rather grand sounding boardroom, though this isn’t something our travellers often need on safari.

You’ll stay in individual “Explorer Suites”- again very much in the colonial style, with tin roofs, red tiled floors and a peaceful verandah to perch on with a good book or a G&T (or in our case, both). The rooms here feel solid and substantial, so this is a great option for anyone who wants a comfortable distance between them and the wildlife.  Lastly for a family safari there’s the Jackalberry Suite, which has a double and a twin room as well as a lounge and kitchenette area, making it feel almost like your own home in the bush.

What can I do at Baines’ River Camp?

One of the main things to be aware of with Baines’ is that you are a way outside the Lower Zambezi National Park. So it doesn’t come with quite the intense game experience of camps inside the park (though this does also make Baines incredibly good value for such a spoiling level of luxury.) Baines’ really make their location work very well- guests take the boat down the river with a picnic, and meet a vehicle for game drives. Closer to camp there are great boat safaris for ellie, hippo, and croc spotting. This is also an extremely civilized way to enjoy your evening sundowner. Guests can also take canoe safaris (minimum age 12) and walking safaris (minimum age 14) which are a fabulous way to experience the smaller sights, sounds and smells of the bush up close. Tiger fishing is also an option in season, though we can tell you from personal experience, they are not an easy catch!  

Giving back at Baines’ River Camp… 

In modern conservation, supporting the wildlife and the communities who live alongside it is inextricably linked. Baines’ supports a local sustainable farming scheme, to help mitigate the effects of crop raiding by ellies, hippos and buffalo. They also work with Pack for a Purpose to support the doctor for the local Chiawa community.

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