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Chongwe River House

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Highlights

- Exclusive use
- Unique design and luxurious decor
- Abundant wildlife
- Chongwe Safaris Portfolio

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Overview

Chongwe River House is a luxurious and private safari getaway located on the banks of the Chongwe River on the southwestern boundary of the Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia. Located just one kilometre downstream from its sister property Chongwe River Camp, this unique and delightful home-from-home is designed for the exclusive use of one party, ideal for groups or families. Boasting highly original architecture and stunning views across the flood plains out to the rugged escarpment beyond, Chongwe River House comes with a hefty price tag. However, excellent service, superior accommodation, and a sense of opulent privacy amidst one of the most wildlife-rich destinations in Zambia, make for a splendid stay. Opportunities to see elephant, hippo, and water buffalo abound at the adjacent water's edge, and giraffe, lion, and leopard are commonly spotted within the National Park, along with a myriad of vibrant birdlife.

Beautifully designed with open-sided rooms looking out across the picturesque landscape, the house is an architectural feat. Nestled beneath thatch, it has flowing and curved stone walls interspersed by living trees and branches, with pebbles on the ceiling and a pretty water feature in the main area. The open-plan lounge and dining area contains a delightful carved bar, tables, and sofas scattered with plump cushions. On the deck outside there is a large pool and jacuzzi surrounded by sun loungers. A dedicated team of hosts, private chefs, and housekeeping staff ensure that all needs and desires are catered for with total flexibility. WiFi is available throughout.

The house sleeps eight guests in four enormous ensuite rooms, each containing a king-size double or twin beds, made up with high-quality linens and draped in mosquito nets. The bathrooms house both 'waterfall' showers and characterful bath tubs. Set over two floors, each room has a private seating area looking out across the surrounding landscape, which often features elephants drinking, feeding, and playing nearby in the river.

Guests enjoy the exclusive use of a game-viewing vehicle and a resident expert guide, allowing more flexibility on game-drive times and duration than the shared activities from Chongwe River Camp. Day and night game drives into the Lower Zambezi National Park reward guests with spectacular wildlife viewing, including a high likelihood of up-close encounters. Canoeing, boating, and fishing are also available from a jetty located down a short pathway from the house.

Children over 7 years of age are welcome. The exclusivity of the activities offers greater flexibility to those travelling with children, and staff provide alternative entertainment when age-restricted activities such as walking safaris or canoeing are taking place (children under 12 are not permitted). Board games and babysitting are available, as well as the lovely pool. One of the Chongwe River House’s highlights is the proximity of elephant and other wildlife, so parents should note that even though it’s unlikely for animals to approach humans, children must be kept under close supervision at all times.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 500 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

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