Chongwe River Camp

Reviews of Chongwe River Camp

Excellent(96%) From 115 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 115 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 RVM from Sintra
Arrived on: 7-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Chongwe River Camp review

Unforgettable! Above the best expectations. Everything was wonderful from the location to the facilities, bul specially the warmth of the people (manager, staff and guide). We've felt great.

After the first night we had a very kind accommodation upgrade in a private tented suite called "the Albida" (with two-bedrooms, as me and my wife Maria traveled together with my sister Célia and my brother-in-law José, and a common area for meals, leisure and rest). We cannot forget all the support and care received from Fossie (manager), Given (room service), Watson (meals), Steve (our guide) and the rest of the staff. And there was a lot of other surprises, including a birthday cake (and party) and a superb lunch on a boat on the Zambezi River!

Many animals visited us at the Albida during the day or the night - elephants, hippos, waterbucks, baboons and lots of birds. A waterbuck got trapped in our external bathroom on the second night but with the help of the night watch guys it eventually joined the herd. Unexpected adventure...

Canoeing activity was great. We loved the tours in Chongwe and Zambezi rivers and the other activities conducted by Steve as well. We saw a lot of animals although their diversity was not very large.

An aspect to improve: the lack of communications, including the internet, although it is great to keep you focused in your job (walk and drive safaris) can be a serious limitation if you are in need to hear from your family very far away...

Putting it all together: it was an unforgettable stay.

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Ms D from Ireland
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Cassia suite at Chongwe River Camp

Sunrise at Cassia suite is spectacular and magical!

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Ms D from Ireland
Arrived on: 31-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Marvellous Chongwe River Camp

Still my favourite camp after 6 visits because of its superb location, the range of activities offered and the wonderful welcoming and friendly team.

The guides (Hugo and George) went out their way to be flexible and ensure I had another perfect stay at Chongwe. Once again, I really enjoyed fishing (Tiger Fish, Vundu and Bream).

I had great sightings of a half collared kingfisher while canoeing, and for the first time I saw Klipspringers and a Leopard Turtoise while on a game drive. Will be back next year!

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The B family from Swindon
Arrived on: 1-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Wonderful Change of scenery at Chongwe

It was lovely to have a contrasting environment for this part of the trip. The team were absolutely first class and you were treated like one of the family. All aspects of the camp were superb.
The guides were a very high standard and made sure that you had a variety of activities.
It was wonderful to spend time in a canoe and on a boat in the Zambezi. The opportunity to see wildlife from a different perspective was exciting.
They helped us celebrate our anniversary with a special meal on a pontoon which was incredible!
What else can we say - it was amazing!!

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Mr & Mrs M from Weymouth
Arrived on: 1-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Wonderful views of the river and hills beyond

Arrival at the camp by river is a safari in its own right, so much to see in the river and on the banks and in the air.

The camp is in a great position on the river bank with all tents having great views of wildlife that wander through the camp and in the river. A choice of game drives or on the river in the boats, always so much to see as found by the guides and trackers.

With no moon, the night drives were spectacular with views of the planets and stars that are just not visible in populated parts of the world, and a first for me, three sightings of satellites and the International Space Station - the wildlife was good too!!

The camp staff and food were superb - a great stay. Thanks to Tom, Hugo and owner Chris.

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Mr P. from Chilterns
Arrived on: 2-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Chongwe River Camp review

Great.

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Mr P. from Chilterns
Arrived on: 30-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Chongwe River Camp review

Very nice.

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Mr & Mrs W from Croydon
Arrived on: 28-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Excellent camp and great safari

An excellent camp with very friendly management and staff. Good food and range of excellent activities - drives, canoe, walking safari and hide. Elephants were frequent visitors to the camp and around our tent.
It can take some time to drive into the National Park (at least about 30 minutes depending on where the Chongwe River can be crossed), however, the route to the park along the riverside is interesting for birds and water fowl. On one occasion we returned to the camp from the Park by boat across the Chongwe which took only minutes.
Excellent general guiding from Sam: highlight, one evening, was seeing two leopards with an impala kill being dispossessed by hyenas. Excellent walking safari with Bright, especially learning about the life of termites and some of the history of the park.

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Mrs. KCW from DC
Arrived on: 3-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Chongwe River Camp review

We loved the location of this camp, right on the river! The tents were spacious and very well maintained. We loved the bathroom. We had so much activity right outside our tent and around camp! Elephants daily sweeping up "elephant biscuits" all over camp, poking their trunks around the tent was really fun! Listening to the sounds of hippos, leopards, lions, and hyenas at night was wonderful. Friendly camp staff always trying to surprise us!

We didn't get to fully connect with our guide but enjoyed most all of our activities!

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Mr & Mrs B from Maryland
Arrived on: 31-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Chongwe River Camp review

We previously reviewed Chongwe. [Ed: see below]

We had a one-night stay here before flying home, and the highlight was an afternoon canoe trip followed by a night drive on which we saw 2 leopards. The next morning our guide took one of us on a short walk before going to the airport.

As we commented previously, their flexibility and willingness to accommodate everyone's requests was greatly appreciated.

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