The eight chalets at Chongwe River Camp all have great views...
Cassia SuiteThe newest addition to Chongwe River Camp, the Cassia suite opened in August 2008. Built in the same style as the Albida suite,the Cassia suite differs in that it has only one tent designed for two people.
The modern, octagonal tent is spacious with large mesh windows that lend a light and airy feel. The tent's walls can be rolled up during the day and left completely open, or kept down if you prefer, although they are always down at night to prevent any unwanted nighttime visitors!
At the back of the tent you’ll find a hanging space for your clothes and dressing gowns. Within the tent is also a writing desk, a very comfy armchair and – in the centre – twin or double beds. The bed-side lights are electric, but paraffin lanterns are usually dotted around outside at night for atmosphere.
Around the tent, the lounge area and the individual bathroom is a series of stone walls. These have been built, using a unique technique to make them curvy and organic – almost fluid! There isn't a straight line in any of these walls and gives a very different feel to the more traditional style of the safari tents at Chongwe River Camp.)
Adjacent to etented 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 a little open-air in many ways; they look stunning, but may make more nervous travellers a bit uncomfortable. Each bathroom has twin sinks, two open-air showers, a flushing toilet and a claw-footed bath.
The Cassia suite has a private lounge, with a small but well-stocked bar, a dining area, a 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 Cassia suite has a separate attendant who acts as a private 'butler' – briefed to look after their individual guests. On a previous visit, staying in the Albida suite, we felt our ‘butler’ seemed to have found the perfect balance of being attentive and helpful, without being intrusive. He checked on us regularly, volunteered drinks whenever we felt like them and gave us complete freedom of where we ate.
This suite is designed for couples who are looking for very private accommodation, and is particularly popular with honeymoon couples, but you will still join other travellers on guided safaris.