Chongwe River Camp

Albida Suite

In 2007 Chongwe River Camp opened the Albida suite. This is on the south edge of the main camp, and consists of two totally separate, quite modern, stylish, octagonal tents, each with its own adjacent bathroom. Between the two tents is an elegant, open-sided lounge area.

Each bedroom tent is spacious with large mesh windows for a light and airy feel. The tent's walls can be solid canvas in case of rain; huge mesh windows to let air through but not insects, or left completely open during the day.

Each bedroom has lots of hanging space, a large writing desk, dressing gowns, a very comfy armchair and – in the centre – twin or double beds. The bed-side lights are electric, but paraffin lanterns are dotted around outside at night for atmosphere.

Around the tents, the lounge area and the individual bathrooms are a series of stone walls. These have been built, like Chongwe River House, using a unique technique to make them curvy and organic – almost fluid! There isn't a straight line in any of these walls and the whole place has the feeling that we'd expect from the Flintstones' house. (The Albida and Cassia suitesare both very different in style to the more traditional safari tents at Chongwe River Camp.)

Adjacent to each tented bedroom is a bathroom, which is mostly surrounded by one of these curvy stone walls, and partly shaded by a large canvas roof. These bathrooms still feel quite open-air in many ways; they look stunning, but may make some travellers feel a little nervous, especially if you need to use the loo at night. Each bathroom has twin sinks, two open-air showers, a flushing toilet and a claw-footed bath.

The two rooms of the Albida suite share a comfortable lounge, with a well-stocked bar, dining area, camp fire and a small plunge pool all overlooking the Chongwe River. Meals can be taken here or back at the main camp, which is in walking distance – the choice is yours!

The Albida suite has separate attendants who act as private 'butlers' – briefed to look after their individual guests. On one of our previous visits, Edward checked on us regularly,volunteered drinks whenever we felt like them and gave us complete freedom of where we ate. We felt he seemed to have found the perfect balance of being attentive and helpful, without being intrusive.

The Albida suite could be a superb option for a small family with older children or a group of friends, but can also be used by two unrelated couples if the main camp is full.

Albida Suite | Cassia Suite | Safari Tent |