Chongwe River Camp

Reviews of Chongwe River Camp

Excellent(95%) From 68 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 68 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.
Mr & Mrs N - Nottinghamshire
Arrived on: 25-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Chongwe River Camp review

Large camp with plenty of activities but slightly disadvantaged by not being in the Park. Exciting 4x4 drives through river fords with steep cliimbs. Terrain very varied in Lower Zambezi Park and camp provided excellent guides who, again, displayed outstanding knowledge of the animals and of the location.

We enjoyed a boat ride on Chongwe River and Zambezi River and would recommend this as part of the stay. 5 elephants in camp every day eating the Winterthorn pods and staff took great care of clients when they were about. This all added to the magic of Africa. Plenty of animal river life in particular.

This was an enjoyable experience although the camp was a little larger than we had anticipated. Excellent tent accommodation though our ochre and pebble bathroom decked out like a Victorian grotto was possibly in need of some refurbishment.

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Mr & Mrs M - Northumberland
Arrived on: 19-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Chongwe River Camp review

We enjoyed the variety of activities including boat and canoe trips as well as game drives and walking. Lots of interest with interaction between the different animals and very lucky with our sightings.

Very pleased to be recognised by Daniel (guide) from our visit to Chiawa 5 years earlier!

Location superb and all in all an excellent few days to complete our trip in spite of DSM still being unwell.

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Ms L from Boston
Arrived on: 31-May-2009 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Chongwe River Camp review

This camp has great facilities. I liked that the tents had doors and curtains, and also appreciated the lamps, as I usually read before I go to sleep. The bathroom was very nice, and the hot water was plentiful and immediately available.

Caroline was very warm. The guides were all very good.

The range of activities was great. I went canoeing and fishing, and also on game walks and drives. The visit to Chongwe Falls was particularly fun.

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Destelbergen Party from Belgium
Arrived on: 21-May-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Super whole day drive with lunch!

We had a very nice stay at Chongwe.

The experiences on the Zambesi (by boat)were very nice, interesting , relaxing, and also a little bit exiting because of the hippo's and crocs!!

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Mr H & Ms Y from Hampton Hill
Arrived on: 11-Apr-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Chongwe River Camp review

The kayak trip down the Zambezi down the narow cut was excellent.
Helpful guides and staff.
The comment below about the food is because we were comparing it to the Kapani where the catering was first class.

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Mr & Mrs W - West Sussex
Arrived on: 10-Nov-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Chongwe River Camp review

No doubt this provided the best holiday location, both for game and the variety of activities

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R family from Scotland
Arrived on: 23-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Chongwe River Camp review

After 5 days at S. Lwangwa National Park where all game drives were by open top truck in hot, dry dusty conditions it was a delight to go to the Zambesi. By this time we had see all the animals many times over. We were ready for another type of adventure and experience. This we get at this camp. We loved being beside the water. Although the same temp.(42C) it was fresher and breezier so felt more refreshing. There was more activities to do. Every day was different, every game drive was different from canoeing to fishing to boat drives, or a combination of all.

The Abida Suite was even better than we had belived possible. Again, like the Lwangwa Safari House I loved the private space it gave us, the freedom it gave us to be a family together and for the boys to jump in/out of the pool without disturbing others, the architecture using local materials and the openness of it to such magnificent scenery. Truly wonderful.

George was our guide for most of the trips and he was fabulous. A real character and a real friend by the end of the trip. First class. He even took us swimming in the Zambesi!

Edward was our waiter and again was magnificent. He was gracious, friendly, polite and and excellent waiter.
Loved this camp. Eat with the main camp on 3 occassions in the evening and we enjoyed the interaction with other guests and staff around the table and fire while having our own privacy when we wanted it.

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Mr S - York
Arrived on: 22-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Chingwe River Camp Review

Our main guide Richman was excellent. He had the difficult task of finding new species of bird that we had not seen at the two previous camps in which he suceeded.

The rest of the aspects were not as good as the two previous camps. The room was basically very good but there were no mossy nets and the use of insect killer was discouraged hence I was bitten a lot. Pre dinner drinks were taken round the camp fire but it was dark and you could not see the other guests and dinner was taken on one long table. Both of these made it difficult to mix with the other guests.

The activity options were not made clear and I had the feeling we were beeing pushed towards those activities that suited the camp rather than the guests. One example was on the final afternoon where we had planned to go fishing we were persuaded to go on a quiet canoe ride to see unusual birds. When we got down to the river there were three other canoes some occupied by children which made for a less than quiet boirdwatching session.

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Mr & Mrs P - London
Arrived on: 19-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 6 nights
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Chongwe River Camp review

This was our third visit to Chongwe. It is the most delightful place. We love the fact that the camp is open and the elephants wander freely through it.

Our guides George and Richman and all the staff treated us royally. For our last three nights we were upgraded and accommodated in the Cassia suite which was delightful. Our thanks to Edward and Given who looked after us there.

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Mr and Mrs S from Berkshire
Arrived on: 15-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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varied and most enjoyable

Rod was very enjoyable and entertaining as a guide. Excellent viewings and very good opportunities to beon teh river. Well run with a keen and enthusiastic team.

Food was patchy, soem very good adn some meat "tough" - why not use game meat.

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