Lower Zambezi National Park camps - Chongwe River House
Chongwe River House
Chongwe is quite a wacky safari house resembling something like a termite mound, packed with weird and wonderful details seemingly inspired by it's surroundings on the Lower Zambezi. The house overlooks the Chongwe River and, beyond, the Lower Zambezi National Park with its spectacular escarpment backdrop. Chongwe River House is a uniquely designed creation of Neil Rocher who made his name with Shompole in Kenya, and who is also responsible for the lovely Luangwa Safari House.
The building is a free-form, undulating structure molded around the organic shapes of twisted branches with not a straight line in sight: the fraggle rock cave dwelling of Zambia with a designer twist. There are four large bedrooms, each en-suite, with an airy open-fronted sitting and dining area. All the furniture is imaginatively hewn from a fallen winterthorn tree.
The concept of staying in a house while on safari is one that has emerged in areas of Zambia and Kenya over the last few years. The chief benefits of doing so are the privacy and flexibility that it affords; you have your own guide and vehicle, you set your own time-table and tailor you meals with the dedicated team of staff. The house suits not only groups travelling together but families too; it's sometimes easier to forge your own way rather than try to fit your children's needs around existing schedules in your typical camp or lodge.
The Chongwe offers a wide choice of activities; game viewing in the Lower Zambezi National Park by vehicle or on foot is immensely rewarding. Sunset cruises on the river, canoeing or fishing for tiger fish and bream also help to fill the days. The house has its own plunge pool and elephant often come to visit for the tasty acacia pods on the front lawn, so you can actually just stay put and not miss a thing.
Includes full board accommodation, scheduled activities, soft drinks, beer, house wines and local spirits, park fees where applicable. Does not include special activities, premium wines, champagne and spirits, gratuities, items of a personal nature.
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