Located close to the pristine sanctuary that is Lower Zambezi National Park, Chongwe River Camp's nine cozy tents offer stunning river views and en-suite outdoor bathrooms on the confluence of the mighty Zambezi and the tranquil Chongwe Channel.
Canoe the Chongwe Channel with your expert guide
Have a private dinner under the shade of towering Winterthorn trees
Take a walk deep into the park to find big game such as elephant and lion
Take a relaxing sunset boat cruise on the mighty Zambezi River
Chongwe River Camp is nestled under a complete canopy of huge winterthorn acacias, in an area where elephants are more numerous than people - there are no fences and the animals have complete right of way! Occupying a unique and unrivaled location the camp is located directly opposite Mana Pools and looks onto the confluence of the Chongwe channel and the Zambezi River, with the mountains of the escarpment to the north. The Chongwe channel is perfect for canoe trips as it is relatively free of hippos and strong currents.
All nine, well appointed Mulati tents are kept cool by their thatched roofs and situated under a canopy of albida thorns, surrounded by lawns with stunning river views. They have recently been upgraded and offer superb accommodation. The open-air en-suite bathrooms mean guests can shower both under the stars and in the early morning sunshine. Game including elephant, lion, hippo and buffalo – amongst many others – can sometimes all be viewed from your tent!
Chongwe also has the larger Albida suite - designed by the same architect who designed the Chongwe River House. This superb suite has two bedrooms and is perfect for families or two couples traveling together. It is situated in a perfect position away from the main camp and with beautiful river views, while remaining secluded and private. Each of the tented rooms has a separate en-suite bathroom with his and hers vanities, twin showers and a claw-foot bath.
The rooms share a very comfortable and stylish lounge complete with a dining area (although you can take your meals either at camp or in the suite), a bar, your own camp fire and a refreshing plunge pool. The design is eclectic - much in the same style as Chongwe River House, the walls are organic and flowing without a single straight line in sight. The overall effect is one of stylish relaxation.
Finally, there is the supremely luxurious Cassia suite, designed along the same lines as the Albida, with a private living area and plunge pool. The Cassia has been specifically designed for honeymoon couples, a perfect private and intimate hideaway.
Activities offered at Chongwe are varied, from day and night 4WD game drives in open vehicles, walking safaris with your guide and an armed parks scout, to river activities including canoeing and gentler trips in the larger motor boats. You could also choose to take a full day drive into the park if you wish - Chongwe is situated just outside the park boundary in the Game Management area but still in a very game rich area. Or you can try your hand at fishing, on a 'catch and release' basis - tiger fish are a specialty and the guides at Chongwe are all expert fishermen.
When to visit
Explore the Zambezi River by canoe.
Chongwe River Camp is located at the confluence of the Zambezi River and its tributary, the Chongwe River, which forms the western boundary of the Lower Zambezi National Park.
Canoeing on the Zambezi River
The Zambezi is renowned for truly spectacular canoeing as it provides you with the chance to see game from a wholly different perspective...looking up at it instead of down!
Fishing on the Zambezi River
The Zambezi River is host to some of the most incredible fresh water sport fishing in the world with both spinning and fly fishing, on a strictly catch and release policy according to the park rules. The most popular quarry is the infamous Tigerfish.
Game Viewing in the Lower Zambezi
Game viewing in the Lower Zambezi National Park, with varying options such as game drives, boat and canoe safaris, or bush walks, is the highlight of any safari trip to Zambia.