South Luangwa, Zambia
At a Glance
This camp breaks the mold of camp design in Zambia
Just six spacious villas set apart in the shade of towering and ancient trees
Direct and private access into one of South Luangwa's most game-rich areas
Designed by award-winning architects to be wildly luxurious
Chinzombo is named after the ruby-red, golf-ball sized fruit which bears the same name.Anna Hearn
The lodge was designed by Sil and Les, who designed Vumbura Plains and North IslandLouisa Ross-Taylor
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Chinzombo, named after the chinzombo fruit - was once a simple, rustic camp on the banks of the Luangwa, before undergoing a total refit to become one of the most luxurious options in the Valley. Each of the six villas are vast and airy, and cleverly designed to blend in with the surroundings while pushing the boundaries of accommodation in Zambia. Each villa has its own separate living area, a private plunge pool and a cooled sleeping area, along with an enormous bathroom and a sweeping deck.
Norman Carr, the founder of Norman Carr Safaris, originally used the Chinzombo site as a base during the Emerald Season, and the area is full of history and memories. The site is peaceful and secluded, on a large and pristine area of land almost entirely cut off by the meandering Luangwa River, meaning that Chinzombo, despite being open all year round, is practically an island.
The camp features six spacious villas hidden away in the canopies of ancient trees on a wildlife rich ridge. One villa is designed to accommodate a family in double & triple suitable for children under 16 yrs. The villas appear to be floating over the landscape with their raised position. The villas are connected to the main communal areas via a winding footpath through the tress. The villas each have a private plunge pool and a luxurious bathroom.
Location & Directions
South Luangwa, Zambia
Chinzombo Safari Lodge is nestled in amongst a grove of ebony and mahogany trees on the banks of the Luangwa River.
When to go
Zambia 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 bird-watching at the end of the rains.