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Chongwe River Camp is a luxurious family-owned-and-run bush camp in the Lower Zambezi region of Zambia.

The camp is located at the confluence of the Chongwe and Zambezi Rivers, directly opposite Mana Pools. The Chongwe River forms the western boundary of the Lower Zambezi National Park, a 1,500 sq mile pristine sanctuary, teeming with game, and said to be one of the continent's most picturesque wilderness areas.

Accommodation consists of nine thatched chalets, each with en-suite bathroom and fabulous river views. Game viewing at Chongwe River Camp is excellent, and even just sitting in camp one can see a constant procession of game coming down to drink, as well as over 250 species of bird.

New for the camp is the Albida suite, a luxurious self-contained colonial-style tented suite for four guests in two spacious, octagonal bedrooms set on either side of a private dining room and lounge area with its own bar fridge, plunge pool and fire pit. The bedrooms feature comfortable beds with crisp, percale cotton linen and the outside bathrooms, laid out under their own tented canopy, have showers and ball and claw bath. And if that wasn't exclusive enough, the Albida Suite has its own butler, and meals can be taken either in private in the suite's dining area or at the main camp.

The Cassia Suite is another private, luxury tented suite sleeping two on the banks of the Zambezi, and consisting of a canopied lounge and dining area with private plunge pool and fire pit and huge octagonal bedroom - perfect for honeymooners or romantic couples. Cassia has the same upscale furnishings and butler service as the Albida Suite, and

can be booked separately or in conjunction with the Albida to create a camp within a camp that would work perfectly for larger families of groups of friends.

Enormous herds of elephant, sometimes up to 100 strong, are often seen at the river's edge. The park also has healthy populations of lion, leopard, wild dog, buffalo, kudu, crocodile and hippo. Guests have a choice of game viewing by open 4x4 (both day and night drives are available), guided walking, motor-boating or canoeing - the most unobtrusive way to encounter big game. The Zambezi also offers renowned fishing for bream, catfish and tiger fish.

Why We Love It
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  • Situated under a canopy of huge winterthorn acacias, the camp occupies a prime site that was used twice by David Livingstone on his travels

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