Chongwe River Camp

Location: Lower Zambezi
Style: Thatched tents and two colonial suites, relaxed atmosphere
Highlights: Wildlife in Lower Zambezi
Dining: In the mess area
What’s the difference: Beautifully understated but incredibly comfortable this camp offers game viewing by 4×4, foot and canoe – to see an elephant (of which there are many) from three different points of view gives you a totally new insight into these fascinating animals. The location on the river cannot fail to restore peace and quiet to any busy persons life.
The Luxury Safari Company Award for: Camp offering the most ways to see elephants.

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Chongwe River Camp is one of the most relaxed and unique camps in the Lower Zambezi and offers a home from home for those wanting privileged luxury. All of the tents are under thatch, ensuring maximum coolness in the heat of the day. Each has a large outdoor bathroom with hot and cold running water, shower, toilet, vanity unit and dressing area with a wardrobe and full-length mirror. The tents also have their own private verandahs overlooking the river, making them an ideal place for relaxation and contemplation of Africa’s wilderness.

The Albida suite is a luxurious self-contained colonial-style tented suite which sleeps four guests in two spacious, octagonal bedrooms set on either side of a private dining room and lounge area with its own bar fridge, plunge pool and fire pit. It is ideal for families or friends travelling together. The Albida Suite has its own butler, and meals can be taken either in private in the suite’s dining area or at the main camp.

The Cassia Suite is a private, luxury tented suite for two on the banks of the Zambezi. Consisting of a canopied lounge and dining area with private plunge pool and fire pit and huge octagonal bedroom, it’s perfect for honeymooners or romantic couples. A fusion of organic and colonial decor, the bedroom has either a kingsized or twin beds with crisp, percale cotton linen, luxurious furnishings and an overhead fan. Set beneath its own tented canopy, the outside bathroom features a ball and claw bathtub, intimate rainfall-style shower, twin vanity unit and toilet. The Cassia Suite has its own butler and meals can be taken either in private in the suite’s dining area or at the main camp. It can be booked separately or in conjunction with the Albida Suite.

A policy of non-intrusive enjoyment of wildlife and low environmental impact has helped to make the Lower Zambezi valley one of southern Africa’s premier game viewing destinations. Add to this the amazing fauna and flora found in and on the banks of Africa’s fourth largest river, and you begin to understand why this amazing wilderness is so special.

At Chongwe River Camp, activities are tailored to make the most of this incredibly diverse wilderness. Game viewing can be done from a vehicle in either the Lower Zambezi National Park or the Chiawa Partnership Park or, if you prefer, from a boat on the Zambezi. Canoeing, walking and, of course, fishing, are also offered. And for those interested in the rich cultural heritage of the area, community visits can be arranged.

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