Chongwe River Camp

Reviews of Chongwe River Camp

Excellent(95%) From 71 travellers
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Good
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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.
Mr S - York
Arrived on: 22-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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Average
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Rooms:
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Service:
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Food:
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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
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
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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
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
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Food:
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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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Mr M Wimbledon
Arrived on: 1-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
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Food:
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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Chongwe River Camp review

Again there were many tsetse flies, to such an extent another couple returned early from a game drive. The senior guide made up a concoction to alleviate the bites by cooking a sauasage from a sausage tree. This worked well.

The guide suggested that at our next camp we got a sausage ( this years growth) cut it and wiped it on the bites, which he said would work as nearly as well as his cooked version.

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Mr & Mrs S from Reading
Arrived on: 30-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
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Food:
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Activities:
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On the banks of two rivers

Splendid tents and wonderful location with elephants visiting much of the time. A fascinationg diversity of activities.

Richman was an absolutely outstanding guide with deep knowledge and a lovely way of telling us about the wilds of Zambia. He enthralled us with his comments about the animals and birds - guides don't come any better whether in a vehicle or a canoe.

Rob and Storm were absolutely outstanding hosts, warm and full of life. We had a wonderful time there and could hardly bear to leave.

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Dr & Mrs H from Worcestershire
Arrived on: 19-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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chongwe river camp

Enjoyed the water based activities very much, fishing and canoeong excellent. Night drives disappointing and long. Wildlife viewings from the canoe excellent.

Visit to village and cultural centre a highlight - to be recommended.

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Mr C from Canada
Arrived on: 12-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
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Service:
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Food:
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Chongwe River Camp review

The staff at this lodge were very attentive. Everyone seemed to go out of their way to make sure that my needs were attended to. Good wildlife sightings. Guides were very knowledgeable and respectful for the welfare of the wildlife.

Meals were excellent.

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Mr and Mrs B - Buckinghamshire
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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Magical Chongwe

This was a really good stay - a great place to add on to a visit to Luangwa as it provided water based activities.

The tents were luxurious and it was good to have a swimming pool. The open lounge and dining area on the river was a lovely place to sit (or lie) and laze after lunch- particularly when the elephants stroll by.

I really cannot fault any aspect - only suggestion would be possibly to add mosquito nets around the beds - they seem to be able to sneak into the rooms despite the netting on the windows and doors.

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Mr & Mrs B - Solihull
Arrived on: 8-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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Location:
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Rooms:
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Service:
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Food:
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Chongwe River Camp review

A magnificent and picturesque site and the icing on the cake was to be upgraded to a suite. There was loads to do, canoeing, fishing and trips up the Zambezi as well as the game drives.

The food was excellent and the staff most helpful and obliging.

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Mr and Mrs R from Bath
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
Good
Good
Food:
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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Classy

Chongwe was at a level and cost appreciably higher than the other three camps. The managers were involved and attentive. Beautiful locations.

We would have appreciated a less hectic motor drive on the river. Pottering through the reed islands is what we wanted. On the other hand the fishing trip was a great success.

Justin and George were excellent guides.

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