Chongwe River Camp and River House Lower Zambezi, Zambia

Chongwe has a superb riverside setting. The camp consists of nine classic tents, all with outdoor bathrooms, private verandahs and river views, while two suites, are larger, more luxurious and have butler service. The Albida Suite is perfect for families or friends, sleeping four in two ensuite bedrooms. The Cassia Suite is ideal for couples sleeping two. Both have private plunge pools, wide decks and fire pits. River House is an extraordinary, fully staffed safari house sleeping eight, just a kilometre from River Camp and boasts huge rooms and a spectacular pool. A great range of safari activities, including boating, are on offer here with lion and elephant sightings exceptional.

Nearby Attractions

The Lower Zambezi National Park


Chongwe River Camp and River House


Chongwe River Camp 

There are nine classic safari tents. 

All of the tents are under thatch, ensuring maximum coolness in the heat of the day and feature ceiling fans and charging points. Each has a large, shaded 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 wonderful wilderness.

Chongwe's outdoor, communal dining area is at the heart of the camp. Set overlooking the beautiful Chongwe and Zambezi rivers, with the escarpment providing a dramatic back drop.


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 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. Dining can be arranged by the butler in suite or in the outdoor camp dining room. 

Chongwe River House

The four bedroomed house has been built around a frame of wild wood with ferro walls following the natural lines of the branches. All the furniture in the sitting room has been carved from a single fallen winterthorn tree and colored pebbles from the river decorate the ceilings. Nature has been brought into the house. On entering the house, the main room is open to the spectacular view and with a tinkling water feature, brings the sense of the River indoors. From this room you look out over the deck and pool to the river and mountains beyond.

The bedrooms, equipped with either king-size or twin beds under huge mosquito nets, are arranged on two floors and have their own private outdoor sitting area.

Bathtubs on the upper floor, allow bathers to completely immerse themselves in the wilderness experience. Innovative 'waterfall' showers on the upper floor echo the waterfalls of the upper river, whilst guests on the lower floor can enjoy the experience of 'rainfall' showers.




Chongwe River Camp

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.

Chongwe River House

As guests at the house a private vehicle, boat, canoes, guide and armed scout for walking safaris are completely at your disposal. All activities and times are tailor made to suit you so you can choose to do as much or as little as you like, when you like.

The location of the house is superb. The Chongwe River, a quiet tributary to the Zambezi, borders the Lower Zambezi National Park offering 4000 square kilometers of pristine wilderness that teems with game.

Game drives, river safaris, 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.

Many guests are happy to spend the day chilling on the deck. The chances are you will see elephant wandering around the grounds or crossing the river. Impala, kudu and many other species come to the water to drink

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