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Why photographers love Chongwe
Chongwe River Camp sits right on the confluence of the Chongwe and Zambezi Rivers, offering spectacular views and quick access to the adjacent Zambezi National Park. Chongwe retains the atmosphere of an adventurer’s camp and has a wide variety of activities–day and night drives, boat cruises, walking safaris and canoeing. Landscapes are fantastic.
How we rate Chongwe
Chongwe at a glance
- 9 classic safari tents with en-suite bathrooms and private patios
- Communal dining area and swimming pool overlooking the Chongwe and Zambezi Rivers
- An option to stay in one of three chalets at the more rustic Tsika Island Camp or in private suites–the two-bedroom Albida Suite or one-bedroom Cassia Suite
- 220v charging in tents and Wi-Fi at reception (except Tsika Island)
The camp is situated right outside Lower Zambezi National Park, a 4,000 square kilometre strip bordering the Zambezi River from the Chongwe River in the west to Luangwa in the east and backed by a mountain escarpment. The park is known for great wildlife viewing, including huge herds of elephant and buffalo and great leopard and lion sightings. The vegetation is varied, from montane thicket to grass-covered floodplains to miombo woodlands and riparian forests. Birding is fantastic. There are also spectacular winterthorn or albida forests, which offer wonderful lighting and great sightings of elephants.
Chongwe River Camp is open from mid-April to mid-November. The landscapes are beautiful in the green season, especially from April to May. Game viewing is best from May to October. In November the rains start and some of the game areas become inaccessible for game drives.
What Chongwe costs
Rates start at $450 per person per night. The camps can be reached by a short charter flight from Lusaka or road or road/boat transfer (4-6 hours).
Photographers need to know
Wi-Fi and charging facilities are available at Chongwe River Camps and the private suites, but not at Tsika Island.
The good news
This is an 0wner-run camp that supports environmental conservation and the local community. $50 per guest per night goes directly to their community partnership program. It also supports “pack for a purpose” where guests can bring some much needed supplies for the local community.