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Chongwe River Camp

Even though Chongwe River Camp has been around for a good few years now, the recent upgrades to camp have resulted in Chongwe becoming recognised by us as one of top end lodges of the Lower Zambezi. It certainly has the best location in terms of setting of any camp in the Lower Zambezi and the style of the new suites are superb. The only downside is the location outside the park which results in little game in camp and for that reason we prefer to send clients inside the park. But a great camp nonetheless.

Chongwe River Camp - The Detail


Chongwe River Camp is situated on the confluence of the Chongwe and Zambezi Rivers, directly opposite Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools. The Chongwe River which the camp lies upon is the boundary of the Lower Zambezi National Park, and a very easy fifteen minute transfer from Royal Airstrip.

As well as the confluence, the camp itself looks onto the breath-taking mountains of the escarpment to the north; it is a fantastic setting, regarded as one of the most picturesque camp locations in Southern Africa. The standard rooms are large, with a well-appointed Mulati tents under thatch and a luxury open-air bathroom en suite. Situated under a canopy of Albida thorns and surrounded by cool lawns, they command fabulous views over the rivers. The bathrooms are an experience on their own, open air with fittings made from natural materials found near the lodge.

The camp's Albida suite is on the arguably finest site the camp has. The two rooms share a lounge and private dining area appointed with stylish furniture that overlook the suite's pool and the Zambezi, making it ideal for privately guided families and small groups looking for a private experience. The en-suite deluxe rooms are separate octagonal tents with inter-leading path ways and gardens. The bathrooms have a canvas roof but are open to the bush with a bath, double basins and double shower. One shower is under cover and one is open air.

If it's romance you're after, then look no further than the quintessential Cassia Suite with a private pool and fire pit. The suite is built in the same style and grandeur as the Albida Suite, set on the end of camp right on the confluence of the rivers, giving a real sense of privacy and a place to enjoy this hugely romantic spot. Ideal for honeymooners and couples in need of a bit of extra luxury.

We recommend that you get as much time out on the mighty Zambezi River as you can while you are here. It could be casting out for your tiger fish, canoeing alongside the banks while you watch the elephants drinks, or simply sitting back and enjoying your sundowner soaking in the magnificent panoramic views of the Lower Zambezi as you float down the river.

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Guide price: $785 per person


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Chongwe River Camp - Reviews

Chongwe River Camp wasn’t quite our thing (although we had a great time anyway). We felt it was a little geared towards first-timers, a bit ‘touristy’. The Fred Flintstone pretend-mud walls sort of set the scene, we thought, and the guiding was a little cynical. They worked pretty hard to persuade everyone in camp to do the same activity at the same time, (on one occasion resorting to fibs to achieve this) which was strange as they had no shortage of guides… On the other hand, the Cassia Suite was lovely, and camp manager Flossie is a lovely friendly lady. No specific problems, just not our ideal camp.
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