Chongwe River Camp

Reviews of Chongwe River Camp

Excellent(96%) From 98 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 98 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 C. from EBMATINGEN
Arrived on: 27-Jun-2018 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Great location with super facilities

Really good accommodation which offered luxury and a rustic feel in one being comfortable, clean and in a good setting, with plenty of space and facilities. Lots of staff who were extremely efficient, friendly and helpful and this was a very well run camp. A special thanks to the management who were proactive in helping to get our luggage delivered and outbound flights reconfirmed after a mix up on the inbound flight.

Food at Chongwe was slightly disappointing. What we ate was well cooked and well presented, but very uninventive and sometimes a little bland. Yes they are in the bush, but having been to Kakuli and Mchenja previously, i know what these camps are capable of.

Chongwe is set up to offer alternative activities, which was just as well as our big game sightings were not frequent, if at all. I also think their ratios of scouts to customers is not efficient. having said that, our guide Sam was excellent and his knowledge and understanding of the bush fantastic. Given he was also driving the vehicle, his ability to spot animals and bird was amazing.

Canoeing on the river, the boat cruise were both a great way to spend the afternoon and evening and offered a really good alternative to the game drives.

A real bonus is their hide at the water hole close by. For an after dinner short trip, this is a must. We managed to see the very illusive Aardvark and some porcupine from the hide in the same evening.

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Mr S. from Sanur, Bali
Arrived on: 24-May-2018 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Chongwe River Camp review

Lower Zambezi is serene, and Chongwe River Camp sits well in this serenity. We were so happy to be booked in the Cassia Suite. What a gorgeous set up. It really has an understated luxurious feel without losing any of its roots. The staff and management were amazing. Having an elephant walk into the room while having lunch was the cherry on top. The activities were great, the highlight was definitely the canoeing, i had wished this was more emphasized as a 'must do'. I would have definitely sacrificed a game drive or two for the canoeing (especially since there were other game drives to be had at other camps). Our guide was good. Fun and upbeat character who is definitely knowledgable. Going on game drives did feel a little rushed at time, rushed in a sense that he was driving quite fast and the animals would often bolt. The game driving experience was good nonetheless, however the sightings was average at best, fortunately the surroundings made up for it all.

Would definitely come here again. Amazing

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Ms U. from Dungannon
Arrived on: 13-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Chongwe River Camp review

fabulous- from the moment we arrived
Lovely staff. Soooo kind and friendly. Rooms great .
food fine .
I felt 'cared for' and spoiled !!
Loved the wandering elephants also.
The location/view excellent.
The shared meals with staff and other visitors was great also.
All guides encountered were lovely people and very knowledgeable.
Of course we really liked our guide Moses - such a kind and knowledgeable person.
I cant think of any negatives.

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Mr And Mrs D from Buckingham
Arrived on: 27-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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The Zambezi below us

As we flew in to Royal airstrip we could see the Zambezi below us stretching far into the distance.

Chongwe River Camp was the location that prompted our trip to Zambia and we were not disappointed by the camp or by the spectacle of the river as it flowed in front of us.

We were privileged to be guided by Ronald who not only was the font of knowledge about the park and its animals but was also a highly engaging companion on our trips on the river, to the local village and through the park.

The team at the camp made us extremely welcome.

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Ms D from Ireland
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Best stay ever at Chongwe River Camp

This was my 4th time going back to Chongwe River Camp and had my best stay ever (even though I didn't think it was possible to improve on previous trips!). The entire team is still as welcoming and professional as ever. The vibe is palpable in this beautiful setting by the river, with great wildlife in and around the camp. I was extremely pleased to see the addition of a hide this year, from which I saw a porcupine & hyena "face off" at night! The range of activities is fabulous (game drives, walking, canoeing, boat cruise and fishing) and they are now also offering the option of a fly camp (I was the first guest to experience their new "suspended" tents, and absolutely loved the experience). Top class guiding by George who shares his passion of the bush, constantly making you aware of sightings, scents and sounds. The fishing (one of my favourite activities) was brilliant with a good few very decent size tiger fish and a 32lb vundu. Another memorable stay and certainly not the last one!

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Ms B from Cambridge, MA
Arrived on: 2-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Fantastic camp and guides

I have nothing but good things to say about this camp and its people. We stayed here from 9/2-5. The camp itself has the most wonderfully scenic setting. It's on the confluence of the Chongwe and Zambezi rivers. This insures cool breezes, lovely vistas, and lots of hippo noises at any hour of the day/night. When they say they have animals in camp, they aren't kidding: elephants, hippos, impala, water buck all make frequent visits at night and, sometimes, during the day (mainly elephants). Despite that, and because of the ever-vigilant staff, we never felt at risk, just thankful to have the opportunity to interact with these marvelous creatures.

The guiding was superb. Our guide was Troy. He was very knowledgeable, funny and accomodating of our wishes. Because of his skill in tracking and interactions with the animals, we had memorable close encounters with lions, leopards, and elephants. Leon, a guide in training, was also a great asset.

Lastly, the camp staff were fantastic. Special mention to managers Flossie and Allen along with Dottie, Nezzie, Yvonne, Chiza, and Chef Mike, all of whom were so welcoming and friendly, They made the job of running a camp look easy and seamless.

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Ms B from Cambridge, MA
Arrived on: 2-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Lovely and excellent camp on all counts

Chongwe had it all. Wonderful location at the confluence of the Chongwe and "mighty" Zambezi, wonderfully friendly and efficient staff. Every one. Hosts, guides, chef, guards. They have obviously worked hard to create such a welcoming atmosphere.

The tents were wonderfully equipped. The screen doors and windows in the main sleeping area made sure we did have unexpected visitors at night. The huge open air bathroom and wardrobe area worked perfectly with just the right amount of "outdoors" but in complete privacy. Rain showers were great.

Laundry service was new to us and a delightful feature. This was the first time we did not have to wash all our own gear before dinner each night and we loved it.

Troy, our primary guide, ably assisted by Leon, was terrific. They both were. They were very well-informed and informative. They gave us great sightings while not feeling like we were being disruptive to the wildlife. We always felt completely safe and confident in their skills. They were also just both good company and paid attention to our interests.

Chongwe was a home run. Great team work. We will hope to return.

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Mr & Mrs C - Buckinghamshire
Arrived on: 21-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Delightful river setting

Chongwe was the most scenic of the three camps that we visited although perhaps the wildlife was more sparse. Nevertheless Joseph was an excellent guide and determined to find the local pride of lions which had gone into hiding. He succeeded!


The camp staff were delightful and most attentive with the bush dinner creating a memorable last evening for us.

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Mrs A. from York
Arrived on: 18-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Chongwe river camp review

Everything was wonderful,especially the staff, who made every effort to ensure that the children had a wonderful time.
Menus sometimes too rich for the children

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Mr Farrier
Arrived on: 2-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 6 nights
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Chongwe River Camp review

Once again a magical stay in Chongwe River Camp.

The staff here go above and beyond in their efforts to afford their guests the best possible experience.

We will certainly be returning.

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