Chongwe River House
Lower Zambezi, Zambia
Chongwe River House is a unique private house set on the banks of the peaceful river Chongwe, by the Lower Zambezi National Park of Zambia. This beautiful and unusual house set in the heart of the bush is luxuriously secluded.
At a Glance
Plan your days any way you wish with the help of your guide and hostess
Enjoy the rainforest style shower in the House's eclectic and quirky rooms
Have a bath under the stars on the terrace with the sounds of the night serenading you
Walk out from the House early in the morning and explore the banks of the Chongwe Channel
Children can learn how to make lion paw-print cookies in the kitchen
The most perfect place for a group or family to celebrate an occasion.Camilla Whitworth
The house stands on the banks of the magical Chongwe River, close to the Zambezi, with a sensational view of the dramatic mountainous escarpment beyond. Many animals come to the Chongwe River to drink, and from the deck the game viewing can be as good as any safari activity.
The Chongwe River is a tributary of the Zambezi and the boundary of the Lower Zambezi National Park, a 4,000 square kilometer pristine sanctuary, teeming with game and said to be one of the continent’s most picturesque wilderness areas.
A policy of non-intrusive enjoyment of wildlife and low environmental impact has preserved the area and its wildlife. The Lower Zambezi has become one of southern Africa’s premier destinations for peaceful game viewing and unparalleled tigerfish angling.
Chongwe River House has a natural and novel design - with vast, curving walls, natural wood furniture carved from gigantic trunks and a wonderfully quirky feel - the house exudes an organic quality and you will not find a straight line anywhere!
The House has four exceptionally spacious en-suite bedrooms, each bathroom individually designed with its own powerful "rain" shower and bathtub. In the center of the house is the massive dining and sitting area, and outside is a sparkling private pool and large verandah overlooking the river. The views across to the escarpment and down the Chongwe Channel are nothing short of spectacular. Every need is catered for, with private game viewing vehicles and canoes, private guides, a private chef and a house manager.
As the House is booked out privately, your days are yours to do as you wish - perhaps choose to get up early and explore the park, take a full day drive into the furthest reaches - or enjoy a lazy morning by the pool before trying your hand at fishing in the mighty Zambezi, home of the Tiger fish.
Chongwe River House sleeps eight in four spacious en-suite bedrooms, each individually designed and beautifully appointed - two rooms are on the upper floor with open-air bathtubs and large verandas on which to relax, and two are on the ground floor, reached by a winding corridor and with direct access to the large deck with its swimming pool.
The house has four double rooms each with large king-sized beds, en-suite bathrooms with baths and waterfall showers.
Children over 7 years are welcome but there are no specific child care facilities. Parents should be aware that this is the bush, the House is on the edge of the Lower Zambezi National Park, and is not fenced in, so animals do roam freely past. Food can be tailored to suit younger guests and there is a child minder available on request. Children must be 12 years or older to participate in walking or canoe safaris.
The house has a private plunge pool and dedicated safari vehicles and canoes for tailor made safaris, as well as a larger boat for cruises up and down the river and the Chongwe Channel. Service is taken very seriously and every need is catered for, with private game viewing vehicles and canoes, private guides, a private chef and a house manager.
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. For those interested in the rich cultural heritage of the area, community visits can be arranged.
Location & Directions
Lower Zambezi, Zambia
Chongwe River House is set on the Chongwe River, a quiet tributary of the Zambezi, which borders the Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia.
When to go
December to May is rainy season and the camp is closed.
The Lower Zambezi has a moderate to sub-tropical climate with three distinct seasons: from November to March is the Emerald, or the rainy season, April to July is Zambia's winter, when the weather is cool and dry, and August to October is summer, when the weather is hot and dry. In terms of game viewing, the drier months, meaning a higher concentration of game at the permanent water sources, are a superb time to visit. Alternatively come for some superb birdwatching at the end of the rains.