Baines’ River Camp

Africa has a spellbinding effect on most first time travellers. Many who have grown up on this continent will tell you that Africa will stay in their blood forever, no matter where they might end up in the world - it is home. In the heart of the African subcontinent lies a destination known as “the real Africa”. This is Zambia, where you will find remote wilderness areas, breath-taking scenery, wildlife in abundance and a kind hearted people.

Here, in the midst of the unspoiled African bush, on the northern banks of the Zambezi River, you will discover Baines’ River Camp. This true colonial style safari lodge, named after the famous artist and explorer Thomas Baines, offers a wide variety of land and water based safari activities in and around the Lower Zambezi National Park, the first carbon-neutral National Park in the World.

In addition, Baines’ River Camp offers specialized photographic workshops, fly fishing clinics and elephant studies, led by passionate specialist of international acclaim. Baines' River Camp, with its dedicated team, tranquil setting, intimate atmosphere and luxury accommodation, is undoubtedly the ultimate choice for a family safari or an unforgettable honeymoon.
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Baines’ River Camp can accommodate 20 guests in eight individual suites and a two-bedroom family unit, the “Baines’ Cottage”, each decorated with rich, classical fabrics and colourful kelims. Each of the colonial style safari chalets commands its own view of the Zambezi River from a comfortably furnished, private veranda.

An attractive alternative to the typical tented safari accommodation and offering a hint of luxury and decadence in the Zambian wilderness, guest accommodation is finished with air-conditioning, ceiling fans, cotton percale linen, pure goose-down pillows and duvets, a spacious dressing area, generous walk-in showers, coffee and tea making facilities, a personal safe for your valuables and a hair dryer. The bedrooms are as “mosquito-proof” as possible, with gauze sashes on the windows, and in addition, insect repellents are provided for your comfort.

With varied travellers’ preferences in mind, some of the suites are positioned in close proximity to the main lodge and close to each other. Other suites are positioned with privacy as the main objective and a gentle stroll away from the main lodge.

Feel at home and make yourself comfortable on your veranda with a pair of binoculars to scan the river banks, pick up a book or simply put your head back for a well-deserved afternoon siesta.

The six spacious Explorer Suites are made up with King-size beds which can be converted to twin configuration. Two of our Explorer Suites offer an additional outdoor shower.

The two smaller Junior Suites are made up with twin beds and are popular with our single travellers and teenagers.

The private Baines’ Cottage offers two bedrooms, one king and one twin, each with its own bathrooms, a generous open plan dining, lounge and kitchen area which is complemented by a deep veranda with an outdoor dining area and private lawn overlooking the river. The cottage is ideally suited to a young family or friends traveling together and can be booked with the option of a private guide and chef.

In addition, Baine’s offer separate, air-conditioned accommodation for up to 2 pilots / private guides / tour leaders.

Dining & Entertainment

Reflecting the colonial veranda style of a bygone era, the camp’s spacious main lodge area offers wide views of the Zambezi River towards the World Heritage Site of Mana Pools in neighbouring Zimbabwe.

With a courtyard and a fish pond at the heart of the lodge, its open plan design includes two lounges, indoor and outdoor dining areas and the Selous Bar which opens up to the swimming pool. Tastefully integrated are the Boardroom, with its growing library of novels and reference books, the Baines’ Trading Post and two private work stations where you can comfortably catch up on your emails or download your photographs of the day.

The boma-style fire place is lit every evening and during the cooler winter evenings the fireplaces in the bar and in the dining area offer extra comfort.

In timeless Africa, there are no set mealtimes. Breakfasts, brunches and lunches are a casual affair prepared in Camp, out on the river or in the bush, tailored to suit your safari activities and personal preferences. In the evening, you are invited to join fellow guests for refreshments before you enjoy a variety of signature dishes prepared by the talented local chefs.


You will feel at home from the moment you arrive at this elegant safari camp in Zambia’s Lower Zambezi Valley, one of Africa’s last remaining true wilderness areas, where no fences exist and nature alone forms the boundaries.

Set high on the bank of the Zambezi River, the main veranda and each of the eight Explorer Suites offer breath taking views over Africa’s fourth largest river towards the World Heritage Site of Mana Pools in neighbouring Zimbabwe. Whilst you relax with a good book under slowly turning paddle fans or at the pool after a morning’s game drive, everyday life seems light years away.

Experience the untamed African wilderness, where the life and movement of its wildlife remains as it has been for centuries, unchecked and unchanged. On the river , try your hand at catching a Tiger Fish, explore the Zambezi River by canoe or enjoy the company of good friends on a quiet cruise whilst the Zambezi’s abundant birdlife and game keep you entertained.

Everyone deserves a bit of “me-time” and you’re encouraged to enjoy a professional massage or beauty treatment from the comfort of your suite or private veranda. The wellness menu offers treatments to pamper your body and relax your mind, including specialised massages, Gatineau facials, manicures and pedicures. With the sounds of the African bush in the background, the banks of the Zambezi offer the perfect setting to unwind and spoil yourself.

At Baines’ River Camp, they can accommodate children from the age of 6. The Baines Cottage is ideal for young families. In addition, two of the Explorer Suites are positioned close together and close to the main lodge, offering a great alternative if the Cottage is not available. The Junior Suites are popular with teenagers who prefer to have their own room.

Total package price from: 350

Standard Terms and Conditions

  • Prices are per person per night sharing based on minimum 4 nights, depending on the season
  • Prices shown here are very much a guideline, contact us to discuss your specific requirements so that we can quote for your unique needs and in your preferred currency
  • Services are subject to availability at the time of booking confirmation
  • To hire a car, drivers must carry a valid driver’s licence and valid credit card


  • All accommodation, as specified on a sharing basis
  • Meals as specified
  • All Safari activities
  • Community and conservation contributions
  • Transfer from Royal airstrip
  • RZL airstrip passanger access fees
  • Accommodation taxes, applicable Tourism Levies and Value Added Tax
  • Laundry


  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • All drinks
  • Private vehicle/boat
  • Fly Fishing
  • Any meals not specified
  • Any activities not specified
  • Unspecified park and entrance fees
  • Any scheduled flights
  • Cancellation, baggage, medical and evacuation insurance
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