Chongwe River Camp

Reviews of Chongwe River Camp

Excellent(96%) From 106 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 106 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 & 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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The Golds from UK
Arrived on: 14-Jul-2018 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Great Camp

We loved Chongwe and had a great experience.

The activities with the Canoeing and the Boat safaris were awesome.

Michael who looked after us in the camp is a great person and while being so professional is such a nice guy!

Bright as a guide is again such a lovely person with so much knowledge and he worked so hard to find great game. When we did not get a sighting you could see he was unhappy and was so thrilled for us when we had a great drive! We learned so much from him and he was so much fun to be with!

The Lodge felt slightly less homely than Mchenja and more luxurious. It felt slightly less homely than Mchenja.

We were so fortunate to stay in the Albida suite! What a great treat!

We found the food good at Chongwe not great.

The location was incredible.







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Ms S from Piedmont
Arrived on: 29-Jun-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Truly memorable in so many ways!

Chongwe River Camp was breathtakingly beautiful! We were so fortunate to stay in the Albida Suite, which was so perfect and such a treat for our family. Our guide Treat was amazing! He could do everything we wanted to do, including a walking and canoe safari and fishing. Everything about the lodge and our experiences there surpassed our expectations. I loved that they had a hide, even though we weren't lucky that evening. I wish we could have tried it again, but we ran out of time.

The service was exceptional throughout our stay. However we had a problem with our hot water that didn't get corrected until our last day there, so I ended up taking cold showers two nights. Luckily we could use the shower in the other chalet, but I wish it had gotten fixed correctly the first time I reported it.

While our canoe safari was one of the most memorable things we did, we learned after our return that it is quite dangerous. I could tell it took hyper-vigilance on the part of our guide, and I trust that only the most expert guides do them. I'm still glad we did it, but I was a little naïve not realizing how dangerous it was.

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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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