Chongwe River Camp

Reviews of Chongwe River Camp

Excellent(95%) From 77 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 77 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 D Family - Ontario, Canada
Arrived on: 9-Nov-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Chongwe River Camp was wonderful

This was an amazing place to stay. The staff and accomodations were excellent. It was in a very safari location to get the real Africa feeling.

We very much enjoyed this part of our trip.

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Mr and Mrs C - Edinburgh
Arrived on: 24-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Chongwe River Camp review

We absolutely loved our stay at Chongwe and cannot fault it in any way - all of the staff go out of they way to make sure that you have everything to make your stay enjoyable and you are made to feel so welcome that you really start to feel like part of the family.

All of the activities were excellent and the guides were very knowledgeable. There are also a good number of choices of activities from canoeing to fishing to walking safaris and game drives so you will never be bored. You are also very much in charge of your own itinerary and the staff will do all they can to make sure that you do whatever activity you fancy on a particular day.

I must also mention the food as this particularly good - the best we had on our 3 week holiday. I would recommend Chongwe without any hesitation.

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Mr & Mrs L from Bath
Arrived on: 18-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 6 nights
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Chongwe River Camp review

Although the setting is wonderful, game is not found in great numbers and game drives can be frustrating. In fact you can see most game on offer by sitting outside your tent. Night times are exciting with large elephants, hippos and sometimes lions walking past your tent.

We found just sitting by water waiting for game to come to drink and watching birds more rewarding than driving for hours around the bush. Elephants were seen in numbers and of course are never boring.

There are many activities on offer but even so I would not recommend staying longer than three nights at this camp.

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Mr & Mrs S from Glasgow
Arrived on: 9-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Chongwe River Camp review

A wonderful second part of the holiday after spending time in South Luangwa.

Loved the opportunities to be out on the water and the camp was very flexible and seemed to manage to accomodate all the guests' requests for the different activies.

Really enjoyed the daytrip into the park and the tigerfish fishing!

We asked if we could have a table for two on our last night (since this was also the last night of our holiday) and they were more than happy to oblige and provided a lovely romantic dinner by the pool, complete with floating candles!

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Mr & Mrs T from Bedfordshire
Arrived on: 3-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Memorable experience at Chongwe River Camp

Chongwe River Camp is in a delightful location, absolutely fabulous area. We had some very memorable experiences in the camp with the Elephants that came through every afternoon and at night to eat the fruits that fall from the trees in camp, some fantastic photo opportunities. Our guide Patrick was also very knowledgeable, particularly with the birds and good at tracking lion. We had some lovely encounters with Lions in the early morning. Also the variety of birds were fabulous.
We saw far more animals around the camp than in the National Park and were disappointed in the game seen within the park boundaries.
Our accomodation and service received by Debbie, Cariline, Neil, and all the staff was really great. Unfortunately Chris went down with a tummy bug which lasted through to our next camp (Tena Tena). We can't be sure but suspect it must have been caused by something consumed at Chongwe as the Doctor seen by Chris at Tena Tena said it would have been caused by something she ingested. Note I only mark down the Food below because of this occurence.

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Mr & Mrs G from Buckinghamshire
Arrived on: 3-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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lovely camp in beautiful setting.

the camp and surrounding area were superb. we had elephants in camp each day, so close you could almost touch them. great photo's taken from my bed!!

water excursions excellent. unfortunately the park where we spent most time on the drived was almost devoid of game for the whole of our visit.

patrick was am excellent guide and the camp staff were also great.

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Dr R from Birmingham
Arrived on: 30-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Chongwe River Camp review

An idyllic setting at the confluence of the Chongwe and Zambesi rivers.
Excellent rooms with a very high standard of service.
Food very good with nice wine.
We really enjoyed the fishing for both tigerfish (biggest 8lbs) and bream. The tigers are catch and release. We did enjoy eating the bream as bar snacks...very tasty. On our last day, another guest in our boat hooked a huge Vundu catfish which he landed after 30 minutes or so. Not able to weigh but estimated at 80-100 lbs. It was 5 feet long with a head the size of a large shovel. Davey the guide wa svery helpful
We also enjoyed the canoe trip on the Zambesi.
We were somewhat disappointed by the game viewing although we only did one long drive.
For us, this is a place to end your trip and relax on the river.

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Mr & Mrs S - Italy
Arrived on: 17-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Expert Africa comments

This couple from Italy were ‘extremely satisfied’ with their trip with us to Zambia – as noted on their overall trip review – but they didn’t leave any more detailed comments on the individual camps.

H family from Cheshire
Arrived on: 31-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Chongwe River Camp, fishing discovered!

When they say animals in the camp, they mean in your space! To the point of feeling unsafe. Hippos separated us from the bathroom at night and elephants came into the sitting room. It is a large spread out camp and the nightwatchmen always seemed a long way away!

We stayed in the Albida suite which was great to have family time having spent previous 10 days eating communally. Edward looked after us very well and was an invaluable help. However it did cause problems as we did not seem to get information on trips and activities or to know the staff as well as we had in other places. We definately felt we were slotted into activities that the guides were organising rather than those we were interested in. eg. We wanted to go canoeing but ended up bird watching whilst the guide paddled. Communication between guests, managers and guides seemed problematic.

Discovering river fishing was a highlight of our stay at Chongwe. David's quiet, patient and gentle manner whilst teaching us to fish was inspirational. My youngest daughter and husband are now converts.

One of my daughters had previously picked up a stomach bug and was very ill during our stay at Chongwe. Debbie, the manager, couldn't have been more helpful.

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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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