Chongwe River Camp

Reviews of Chongwe River Camp

Excellent(95%) From 71 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 71 of our travellers who have visited Chongwe River Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
The C family from London
Arrived on: 9-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Best Safari camp ever

What an extraordinary place. Our camp overlooked the confluence of the Chongwe and Zambezi rivers and gave us a spectacular view of all manner of wildlife - hippos, elephants, lions, crocodiles, baboons, impala, kudu, many birds, all coming down to the water's edge to drink.

It is not a camp for the fainthearted mind you - the first night an elephant broke into my bathroom and I was terrified. Little did I realise that this was quite normal behaviour and nothing to be frightened of. The other three nights were spent enjoying my nightly visits and quietly watching elephants eating their much loved Albida seeds (elephant biscuits) at spectacularly close quarters. During the day the elephants came into our camp and strolled past us. As long as you talk quietly to them and don't get too close they are fine.

We even had a leopard in camp one night that we sped off with some other guests in the truck to look at more closely.

The staff were excellent and catered for our every need.

We did many activities including game viewing, tiger fish fishing, canoeing, sunset river trips - all unbelievably exciting.

We will definitely go back.

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Mr & Mrs T from Gloucestershire
Arrived on: 5-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Relaxation at Chongwe River Camp

Elephants and other animals were constantly in and out of this camp which added to the experience of being at this camp. It was also great just to be able to relax, chill out and use the pool at this camp - one of the best pools we've seen in the bush.

However, having been twice to Chiawa, I would still recommend Chiawa to any prospective traveller to the area. Nothing can surpass Chiawa so far - the best camp we have ever been to.

Also, I would say that it was much nicer at Tafika where they served food to us and we could take as little or as much as we liked. At Chongwe, we were just given our food in the evening on a plate, which meant a lot of food was wasted. It is just not so pleasant to be told, in effect, how much food you should have.

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The W family from Aylesbury
Arrived on: 20-Aug-2012 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Chongwe River Camp review

We enjoyed our time at Chongwe. The facilities weren't as upmarket as at Sausage Tree, but the staff were very friendly and the atmosphere pleasantly informal.

Safaris, river trips and canoeing were all excellent. We loved our guide (Sam) but it was really good to be able to talk to the other guides at the bar and over dinner and go on some excursions such as walking and canoeing with them.

The only small gripe I have is that the wine at dinner could have been better.

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Ms W from Berkley, CA
Arrived on: 12-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Chongwe River Camp review

Same as previous comment on Chongw river camp [Ed: see below]

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Ms W from Berkley, CA
Arrived on: 9-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Chongwe River Camp review

The atmosphere at Chongwe was a tad formal for my taste. Again the accommodations were outstanding with excellent views of the Chongwe river. The guide was outstanding once we became acquainted.

The fishing on the lower Zambezi river was one of the high points of the vacation.

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Mr & Mrs D - Leicester
Arrived on: 4-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Chongwe River Camp review

Mercifully tsetse free. Great position on the Chongwe river.

Extremely friendly and helpful staff. Only leopard sightings of the whole trip!

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Mr & Mrs G - Sweden
Arrived on: 24-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Stunningly situated at Zambesi

We had a very nice evening drive with Patrik, he had a very good sense of finding nice spots for sundowner or lookouts for wildlife. Next morning Patrik drove half way to Old Mondoro, through the park. The scenery partly outstanding.

At the end we came upon a pride of some 11 lions, we also came across a rather big male elephant that wanted to tell us that he owned the "road".

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Mr & Mrs G - Sweden
Arrived on: 22-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Stunningly situated at Zambesi

The first evening we went out for an evening cruise, very odd feeling after more than 10 days in the bush. We had a very nice evening with a French couple, who hardly spoke any english. As we speak French we had no problem and we had indeed a very interesting evening. In most of the camps (apart from Remote Africa) the evening conversation was a social event and not very interesting.

Very relaxing camp. The atmosphere of the lodge was very much family like, something we appreciated. We were picked up for a short, very short drive to a leopard chewing away on a baboon. The red light did not seem to bother her at all.

To wake up in the morning with the raising sun shining into the tent listening to all the birds was an experience never to be forgotten.

The food lacked a bit of imagination.

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Dr & Mr G - Bangor, Wales
Arrived on: 11-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Chongwe River Camp review

Chongwe River camp had a very special atmosphere - relaxed, friendly and very Zen if that doesn't sound too pretentious! There is such a lot lot of wildlife and birds that you can see and hear just sitting quietly in the camp, that you feel that you're amongst it all from the word go. It's in a beautiful setting on the confluence of the Chongwe and the Zambezi, and with good binoculars you can even watch elephants on the Zimbabwe shore.

The river trips,including canoeing and fishing, add an extra dimension to the safari., and watching the sun set with a sundowner on a boat on the Zambezi is sublime! Great guides, great staff and a fabulous place all round.

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Mr & Mrs L from Massachusetts
Arrived on: 7-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Chongwe River Camp review

Very personal service and it worked out that we had our own guide, Chris, for our three three days. The team of guides worked together to provide a great safari experience in finding various animals. The camp staff was very friendly and accommodating. Nice touches such as greeting the jeep on return from a safari drive with wet towels.

The camp schedule was not rigid, and one day we opted to stay out on safari and have lunch by one the many lagoons in the Lower Zambezi Park.

The location of the camp provided a great view of the Chongwe river, and a boat ride on the river onto the Zambezi at sunset provided an interesting break from the jeep rides with an opportunity to get close to the hippos and crocodiles along the bank.

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