As the name suggests, Chongwe River Camp is right on the banks of the Zambezi River.
Cassia SuiteTThe Cassia suite at Chongwe River Camp has been built in the same style as the Albida suite, but differs in that it has just one tent, designed for two people.
Around the tent, a series of stone walls form the lounge area and the individual bathroom. These have been built, using a unique technique to make them curvy and organic – almost fluid – with scarcely no straight lines; the effect is very different to the more traditional style of the safari tents at Chongwe River Camp.
The modern, octagonal bedroom tent is spacious with large mesh windows that lend a light and airy feel. The tent's walls can be rolled up during the day and left completely open, or kept down if you prefer, although they are always down at night to prevent any unwanted night-time visitors!
At the back of the tent you'll find a hanging space for your clothes and dressing gowns. Within the tent is also a writing desk, a very comfy armchair and – in the centre – twin or double beds. The bedside lights are electric, but paraffin lanterns are usually dotted around outside at night for atmosphere.
The adjacent bathroom, which is mostly surrounded by one of these curvy stone walls, is partly shaded by a large canvas roof, and has twin sinks, two open-air showers, a flushing toilet and a claw-footed bath. It feels very open and looks stunning, but may make more nervous travellers a bit uncomfortable.
The Cassia suite has a private lounge, with a small but well-stocked bar, a dining area, a 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 Cassia suite has a separate attendant who acts as a private 'butler' – briefed to look after their individual guests. On a previous visit, staying in the Albida suite, we felt our 'butler' seemed to have found the perfect balance of being attentive and helpful, without being intrusive. He checked on us regularly, volunteered drinks whenever we felt like them and gave us complete freedom of where we ate.
This suite is designed for couples who are looking for very private accommodation, and is particularly popular with honeymoon couples, but you will still join other travellers on guided safaris.