The Albida suite is located on the south edge of the camp…
Albida SuiteOn the south edge of the main camp, the Albida suite consists of two totally separate, quite modern, stylish, octagonal tents, each with its own adjacent bathroom. Between the two tents is an elegant, open-sided lounge area.
A series of stone walls surrounds the suite, which have been built using the same technique as Chongwe River House in order to make them curvy and organic. There isn’t a straight line in any of these walls, giving the impression that they were designed by a combination of Gaudi and the Flintstones. (The Albida and Cassia suitesare both very different in style to the more traditional safari tents at Chongwe River Camp.)
The Albida’s bedroom tents are spacious with large open windows giving a light and airy feel and good views of the river. These windows can be covered with mesh to let light and air in, but not insects, or covered completely with solid canvas in case of rain.
Each tent has lots of hanging space, a large writing desk, dressing gowns, a very comfy armchair and – in the centre – twin or double beds. The bedside lights are electric, but paraffin lanterns are dotted around outside at night for atmosphere.
The adjacent bathrooms – each with twin sinks, two open-air showers, a flushing toilet and a claw-footed bath – are mostly surrounded by curvy stone walls, and partly shaded by a large canvas roof. They look stunning, but they do feel very open and may make some travellers feel a little nervous, especially if you need to use the toilet at night.
The two bedroom tents of the Albida suite share a comfortable lounge, with a well-stocked bar, dining area, campfire and a small plunge pool all overlooking the Chongwe River. Meals can be taken here or back at the main camp, which is within easy walking distance – the choice is yours!
The Albida suite has separate attendants who act as private 'butlers' – briefed to look after their individual guests. On one of our previous visits, our attendant checked on us regularly, volunteered drinks whenever we felt like them and gave us complete freedom of where we ate. We felt he seemed to have found the perfect balance of being attentive and helpful, without being intrusive.
The Albida suite could be a superb option for a small family with older children or a group of friends, but can also be used by two unrelated couples if the main camp is full.