Highlights of Chongwe River Camp
- Activities on offer: game drives, bush walks, boat cruises, tiger fishing
- Attractive setting at the confluence of two rivers
- Set safari programme
Chongwe River Camp is appealingly situated on the confluence of the Chongwe and Zambezi Rivers, on the very edge of the Lower Zambezi Park. (The camp forms the boundary of the Lower Zambezi National Park and the Chiawa Partnership Park.) Chongwe prides itself on its relaxed ambience. This is a place where you can curl up with a good book and not have to worry about dressing for dinner!
Chongwe River Camp lies under a canopy of tall thorn trees with very pretty views to the escarpment in the north. The main area at Chongwe River Camp comprises a convivial bar and simple lounge all under two flowing canvas roofs. However all meals take place on the large terrace in front which overlooks the Zambezi River. Comfortable wooden chairs surround the camp fire which is a popular gathering spot after the day’s safari activities. And theres a facility for recharging camera and video batteries.
Accommodation at Chongwe River Camp
Nine classic tents are large, airy and comfortably appointed with handcrafted local furniture and textíles. Plus at the back there’s a spacious en suite open air bathroom. They are all under thatch to keep the rooms as cool as possible in summer. Each suite has a private veranda overlooking the Chongwe river with glorious views to the escarpment. And all the fittings at Chongwe River Camp are made from organic natural materials found near the lodge.
Activities include day and night game drives, walking safaris, sundowner boat cruises, canoeing on the river and tiger fishing on a catch and release basis. There’s also the option of a full day game drive into the Lower Zambezi National Park with a picnic lunch under the trees. Back in camp, the brand new wildlife hide is great for photography, especially rare nocturnal creatures.
Cassia and Albida Suites
But being private and exclusive, the Chongwe River Suites offer sublime luxury and service in this beautifully wild setting. Nestled under ancient winterthorn trees at the confluence of the Chongwe and Zambezi Rivers, the Cassia and Albida Suites are perfect for honeymooners or families and friends traveling together. Both have butler service, plunge pools overlooking the river and private dining options.
The Cassia Suite is a luxurious private suite. It is perfect for honeymoon or romantic couples. Or simply people seeking an extra dash of luxury. It comprises a huge octagonal bedroom decorated in a fusion of fluid organic lines and colonial decor, with a canopied sitting and dining area complete with a private plunge pool. There’s a romantic outdoor bathroom under a Bedouin style canopy with ball and claw bathtub, rainfall style shower and double basins.
The Albidia Suite is a colonial-styled tented suite with two octagonal bedrooms on either side of a private sitting/dining area. Colourful African textiles are mixed up with comfy sofas, wooden furniture and traditional silverware. Each has an en suite bathroom under a tented canopy with shower, ball and claw bath, double basins and toilet. The Albidia suite also has a private plunge pool and firepit, perfect for dinner discussions of the day’s safari experiences. All in all, a perfect option for families or two couples travelling together.
Guests staying at the Cassia or Albida suites have their own butler and private dinners can be taken in your suite or at the main camp, whichever you prefer.
Albida SuiteThe 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.
Its decor combines colourful African textiles with Victorian-style silverware, rich hardwoods and plush, overstuffed couches.
Bedrooms feature either a kingsized or two single beds with crisp, percale cotton linen, plush throws and an overhead fan. Outside bathrooms, laid out beneath their own tented canopy, have twin vanity units, shower, ball and claw bath and toilet.
Cassia SuiteCassia Suite is ideal for guests wanting exclusivity and privacy and is the quintessential romantic setting for honeymoon couples.
Built in the same style and grandeur as Albida Suite, Cassia has an adjoining bathroom, featuring a Victorian-style ball and claw bathtub and intimate rainfall-style shower with a lounge and fully stocked bar alongside a private pool set at the edge of the river.
Classic TentsThe lovely tented chalets are strung out like a beaded necklace along the Chongwe River underneath a cooling canopy of winterthorn trees.
They are light, airy and spacious, with either one king-size or two twin beds and covered but open air ensuite bathroom. Each of the nine classic tents at Chongwe River Camp is equipped with enough luxuries to ensure your stay in the bush is exceptional.