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South Luangwa, Zambia

From the family of Norman Carr Safaris comes this brand new luxury lodge, Chinzombo - situated in a beautiful position on a sweeping bend of the Luangwa River, this lodge will "break the mold" in terms of sheer luxury and unrivalled levels of service.

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

Couples, Honeymoon, Wildlife, Eco/ethical tourism

Insider's View

Enjoy exceptional guiding from the Norman Carr Safaris guiding team!

Anna Hearn

Insider's View

Chinzombo is named after the ruby-red, golf-ball sized fruit which bears the same name.

Anna Hearn

Insider's View

Sleep well with the eco friendly air cooled beds

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Insider's View

The lodge was designed by Sil and Les, who designed Vumbura Plains and North Island

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Insider's View

Relax in your plunge pool and see who/what comes down to drink at the river

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Chinzombo or take a look at our itineraries to Luangwa Valley


Chinzombo opened at the beginning of June 2013 and is so named after the chinzombo fruit - is the brand-new and ground-breaking member of the Norman Carr Safaris portfolio - originally a simple, rustic camp on the banks of the Luangwa, this new lodge promises is innovative and luxurious, perfect for those wishing for luxury in the bush. Just six villas are planned, each vast and airy, and cleverly designed to blend in with the surroundings while pushing the boundaries of accommodation in Zambia. Each villa will have a 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 of five. 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.


During your time spent at the camp in between safaris, you can enjoy the wifi access, the exercise and yoga area, the spa facilities and you refreshing plunge pools. There are plenty of shady decks overlooking the Luangwa for you to relax on and soak in the views.


Chinzombo camp is set within 60 acres of private land with Luangwa River frontage; the views from its riverside location which is bustling with wildlife, plus the private, direct access into one of the most game rich areas of the National Park all combine to make this a truly special place. Daily safaris will mean you can get up close to the animals and take in the bush life.

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.

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Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Chinzombo or take a look at our itineraries to Luangwa Valley

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