Reviews of Chongwe River House
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Chongwe River House review
The overall experience here was excellent. The originality of the architecture was striking - and stretched ones views on what is possible.
The seamless way this team functioned and the obvious competence of everyone we interacted with just added to our experience. Brenden, who was preparing to leave for a paternity break, exudes confidence and experience and was delightful company. Mario, our guide, introduced us to tiger fishing and to canoeing on the Zambezi.
Special mention needs to be made of the chef, Mario's brother, and of Francis, who took great care of us.
After two plus weeks of game drives time spent on the water was a welcome change. It was good scheduling to do this at the end - not the start - of our trip
Great service at Chongwe River House
Fascinating accommodation at Chongwe River House in an excellent location on the river. Great attention to detail and first class service.
Canoeing and fishing on the Zambezi offer an active alternative to game drives.
The Awesome Chongwe River House
Chongwe River House can't be pigeon-holed - it's a totally unique property. Each bedroom is the same size, all with an excellent private outside seating area. The only difference was that the two rooms downstairs had bath tubs outside whereas the two upstairs had the baths in the rooms.
There was a good sized glass topped table in the living room along with a table and chairs on the deck by the pool for eating. The seating area in the living room was not the most comfortable for lounging but ok for flicking through one of the many books or writing up a diary. This was probably the only downside we had with the house.
Our hosts were Garth and Lindsey, who, sadly have now left. Lindsey created some innovative menus - even the porridge was served with whisky cream. An unusual start for 6.00am!!
It had rained twice by the time we arrived in the second week of November so game was perhaps a little harder to spot but Garth pulled out all the stops and despite the Lower Zambezi not having the variety of game as, say, the South Luangua, we weren't disappointed.
One of the biggest +s for us was the variation of activities at Chongwe River House. We were a party of five and, inevitably, some people were more comfortable doing one thing than another. One day, the five of us split into three groups, so my son and I went fishing on the Zambezi for tiger fish, my husband went for a canoe trip and my in-laws did a safari drive. It was all very flexible.
This was our fourth trip to Zambia and by far the best overall. Highly recommended.