Lower Zambezi National Park camps - Chongwe River Camp

Chongwe River Camp

Chongwe River Camp is built on the confluence of the main Zambezi River and the Chongwe River just outside the main park.  The river bank here is lined with large mature yellow-fever acacia trees, which provide deep natural shade for the tents, and, at certain times of year, a valuable food source for the Lower Zambezi's numerous elephant that wander through the camp, hoovering up the seed pods. The elephant are a major feature of the Zambezi, and Chongwe in particular

Chongwe River Camp is a good example of a small owner-operated safari camp and has a friendly, though slightly rough around the edges feel to it that to us make it very real.  It is unpretentious, informal and very much retains the feel of the old-style tented camps which others have lost their charm to swanky interiors and impersonal 5* service.

Seven tented rooms with built-on bathrooms make full use of the great river frontage that the camp has.  If you're a small group, then the Cassia and Albida suites are very special and mean an additional level of exclusivity - they are fully kitted out for private dining.

When we were here last we had the cornflakes stolen from under our noses by a very large bull elephant, which, while exciting, also made us wonder if everybody who visits Chongwe realizes that these very affable seeming pachyderms are also wild.  Best not to argue, let them have the cornflakes.

price includes all food, drinks, laundry and activities.

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