Chongwe River Camp

Reviews of Chongwe River Camp

Excellent(96%) From 110 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 110 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 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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Ms D from Ireland
Arrived on: 30-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 5 nights
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5th time at Chongwe RC, and I will return!!

Chongwe River camp... My 5th time and it never disappoints! Such an incredible professional and welcoming team in a perfect location! Lots of wildlife to admire in the camp itself, and just down the Chongwe river a big flock of carmine bee eaters nesting on the bank: stunning! This time, I spent most of my time fishing, and caught Tiger fish and Vundu (up to 46lbs!) on every outing - thanks to the expert guiding by George! I simply love this camp, the utter friendly atmosphere is contagious: Happy guests all around! Great food too. Cassia suite's views at sunrise can't be beaten.. Would also highly recommend the canoeing which is utterly relaxing. I will be back next year! Thank you Chris, Flossie and all the team

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Mr & Mrs B from Maryland
Arrived on: 28-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Chongwe River Camp review

We especially enjoyed the boating and canoeing activities at Chongwe.

The camp is very comfortable, and staff was very friendly and helpful. We were surprised with a bush lunch along the river one day.

We had 2 guides here, Stephen and Bright, and they were both excellent. We particularly appreciated their awareness of photographer's needs, always working to position us properly and giving warning when they expected a good photographic opportunity to develop.

Activities at Chongwe seemed to be very flexible, with enough guides that they were able to accommodate every guest's wishes. We arrived late afternoon yet they were able to take us on a short sunset river cruise. When we canoed the next day we had 2 guides for the 2 of us so we each had our own canoe.

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A & B from Larbert
Arrived on: 24-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Nice camp, scenic location, further from game

We knew this camp was further from the park than those we stayed in at South Luangwa but we had not appreciated how much difference this would make. The game drives were long and often very lacking in game, it sometimes seemed more like a race to each radio sighting. However the camp itself does promote it's river based activities more than the drives.

It is a very friendly and relaxed camp in a beautiful setting, the tented chalet was very warm and comfortable with a private seating area. Elephant and hippo are frequent visitors to the camp day and night but staff are always on hand to keep guests safe.

The food in camp was really good with plenty vegetarian choice. The only issue we had with the catering was the 'bush bbq' which was not a success.

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Mrs G from Oxon
Arrived on: 22-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Chongwe River Camp review

Fantastic location, very warm friendly staff.

Really enjoyed fly camp

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Mr & Ms S from London
Arrived on: 10-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Chongwe River Camp review

Beautiful camp. Albida suite is fantastic - incredible views up the Chongwe and Zambezi and so much space. The plunge pool is lovely. Michael our 'butler' looked after us very well but was not at all intrusive. Breakfast omlettes cooked on the camp fire were the perfect start to the day. My wife was ill one day and the camp managers were very solicitous.
The 'elephant in the room' tales on a new meaning when there is actually an elephant in your room. That was very exciting but I think the camp could probably have been clearer about the likelihood of that happening and what we should do when it did. My daughter nearly got caught sitting on her own by the river when the elephant appeared - only a last second warning from Michael enabled to her scramble back to the relative safety of the dining area.
Clement our guide was very good - both in a jeep and on the water.
The boat trips are great and the canoeing was a definite 'life highlight'.
Game in the National Park did sometimes seem a bit thin on the ground - though overall we were more than satisfied with what we saw.
We had stomach upsets in both Norman Carr camps we went to having never previously had a problem in 4 previous safaris in other countries. So we do wonder if their food hygiene is fully up to standard.

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