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.
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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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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