- Luxurious, contemporary camp
- Spa treatments and private plunge pools
- Children's Programme
- Norman Carr Safaris
Chinzombo is an ultra-luxurious, modern bush camp set within 60 acres of private land on the game-rich banks of eastern Zambia’s Luangwa River, just outside the South Luangwa National Park boundary. This recently refurbished camp sits on an original Norman Carr camp site, and is run by Norman Carr Safaris, renowned for their world-class guiding and hosting. Suiting guests seeking opulence and tranquillity, this high-end camp offers spectacular wildlife viewing, excellent cuisine, a lovely riverside swimming pool, spa treatments, and total comfort. Open year-round, it is conveniently located a short 45-minute drive from Mfuwe airport.
Set amidst a grove of ancient msikzi trees, the main lounge and dining area sits on white-washed decking overlooking the expansive, game-rich plains and riverbank. The camp’s impressive bespoke architecture boasts ultra-modern open plan spaces, whilst the décor retains a natural and comfortable feel, with leather trunks, copper gas lamps, and black and white photographs alluding to its rich safari history. Sumptuous seating areas, a well-stocked bar, and a covered dining area also feature; though meals are more often than not served beneath the stars. There’s a fire pit surrounded by cushioned benches where breakfast is cooked in the mornings, and where guests gather after dinner to swap stories of the day’s adventures.
The accommodation consists of just six incredibly spacious canvas villas with contemporary facilities. Each villa comes equipped with king-sized double or twin beds, along with air conditioning which is particularly welcome during the intense October to November heat. All villas have large ensuite bathrooms containing a shower, free-standing bathtub, and twin basins, and boast large outdoor decks with private plunge pools overlooking the Luangwa River. A mini-bar, tea and coffee station, numerous comfortable chairs, a writing desk, and Wi-Fi connection completes each room.
Safari activities at Chinzombo are privately and expertly guided, ensuring maximum flexibility for each party. The main focus is on day and night game drives, although some walking safaris are also included. These safari excursions make the most of the private, direct access to the Mfuwe area, one of the most game-rich zones of the South Luangwa National Park. Although the game viewing is exhilarating, and often packed with predator action, note that sightings will usually be shared with a number of other vehicles. A visit during the January to May 'emerald' season brings less crowding and slightly lower prices. Although access to some areas may be restricted due to the rains, visitors during this time can expect incredible bird spotting, and abundant sightings of baby animals.
Children of all ages are welcome at Chinzombo, although private activities will usually need to be booked at additional cost. There is one family unit containing two bedrooms, and an engaging children's programme featuring a village visit, an 'art safari', and short walks in the area surrounding the camp. Parents should note that children under the age of 12 are not permitted on walking safaris in the National Park, and that all children must remain under constant adult supervision.
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!
Woan 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
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019