Chinzombo

Reviews of Chinzombo

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Below are independent comments from 11 of our travellers who have visited Chinzombo, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs H from Cheshire
Arrived on: 8-Apr-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Chinzombo review

An excellent camp with an outstanding guide, but a bit overpriced.

The bar prices for premium brands is totally over the top and unjustified.

If cost is not a factor, a marvellous camp to visit.

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Expert Africa comments

Like most camps in Zambia, Chinzombo's Full Board rates are inclusive of all standard / local drinks. All premier spirits, wines and champagnes cost extra. These guests bought 'Glenfiddich 26 years old Excellence' which Chinzombo sell for $40 a shot. Chinzombo have explained that they purchased the bottle in South Africa for ZAR 6,099 (approximately $430) at the beginning of 2018. When importing alcohol from SA, it is subjected to a duty rate of 25%, as well as VAT, clearing fees and handling, procurement freight charges and then further transport costs to get it from Lusaka to Mfuwe. By the time it sits on the bar, the camp has usually ended up paying at least double what the bottle was bought for. Hence, the additional charges for imported and premium drinks - which we understand they often make a loss on, or barely break even.


Mr S from Sanur, Bali
Arrived on: 31-May-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Chinzombo review

Chinzombo is a gorgeous property, the interior design and spacing is immaculate. This is absolute bush luxury and it was a good wind down spot to end the trip. I did enjoy the whole set up, but what made Chinzombo special was the guide we had; Abraham. Abraham was trained by Norman Carr himself and his expertise showed. It was a whole new guiding experience for us taken to another level. He was so passionate about it all, it felt more then a job, despite the fact that we was a rather quiet personality. The only thing about Chinzombo and the experience was how many other cars there were around. After being in isolated regions and then sharing a viewing with multiple vehicles created less of a sense of authentic tourism and more of a sense of mass tourism. Was a little disappointed that we had no lion sightings here after spending 4 nights at the property. Nature is unpredictable, no one to blame, just unfortunate in that regard. Nevertheless we were completely grateful and thank the universe for all the goodness.

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Mrs & Mr D from Sydney
Arrived on: 11-Feb-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Chinzombo review

Just beautiful. Staff were friendly, intelligent and just delightful.

Food was fabulous, the rooms totally perfect and everyone was flexible about what we did when.

Guiding was tremendous and really helpful when we asked to visit a village.

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Mr & Mrs T from Kent
Arrived on: 16-Aug-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Chinzombo

Wonderful luxurious stay

Guiding by Abraham and Innocent was superb.

The food such a high standard and every taste catered for.

It was a magical experience



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Bridget from UK
Arrived on: 2-May-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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excellent until appalling american arrived!

the camp ,guides, location and food are excellent, the staff were attentive and professional but were unfortunately extremly harassed by the arrival of an american who made their lives very difficult, he complained about everything, the food ,the guides the lack of privacy ....pages of complaints. Unfortunately once he had recovered from food poisoning, which he accused Chinzombo of giving him, he came on the last game drives with us. It is difficult to describe how such a vulgar man can get away with such behaviour, but he ordered the guides and staff around with total lack of courtesy and manners, they were in an impossible position as he kept reminding them that he had paid a lot of money for this safari and he wasn't getting his moneys worth. The poor staff at the camp were very afraid that his threats to put his opinions on trip adviser would jeopardise their jobs. However we had a super time especially after I had the satisfaction of telling him a selection of home truths!

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Expert Africa comments

We are sorry that these travellers didn't enjoy the game drive that they had to share. It is usually possible for us to book a private vehicle in advance of travel, for those that prefer to have a vehicle to themselves. This is an additional cost at most camps.

Mr B from Bristol
Arrived on: 5-Nov-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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True luxury at Chinzombo.

This amazing creation, a vision of perfection much like one of NCS 's finest hosts who will be missed. This is luxury beyond anything in South Luangwa but it is the friendly staff and great guides that make any stay here very special.

The chalets cater for every need. So much space, very comfortable beds, a bath, shower, varied seating inside and outside which has a pool. From the pool/ sun beds and cushioned seating outside you have grand views to the river where elephants and hippos are at play.

The food was excellent, a buffet for brunch and a menu provided to choose your three courses for dinner. Excellent wine to accompany dinner. The bar area has a touching tribute to Norman Carr.

Special thanks to Innocent for his excellent guiding and sharing the experience of the 14 lions trying to take a young elephant- long live Hercules! What an event!

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Mr & Mrs B from Jersey
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Chinzombo review

This camp is a real 5 star experience. The staff were friendly and couldn't do enough for you. Although this is classed as outside the reserve it actually sits on the other side of the river and so its a 1 minute boat ride into the national park, this means that there is wi-fi,electricity etc in the tents. The Manageress Katie was wonderful she goes out of her way to make your stay a lifetime experience, including running a bath for you champagne in the room and setting a table for two up on your decking.They also offer spa treatments in your tent.

The meals are generally served in the main area and the nice thing about this camp as you can sit separately from the other guests, which if you have just spent the last 7 days sharing tables with other guests is a welcome change.

the game viewing is also really good and saw lion kill a buffalo on our first day. Its slightly busier than Kafue or Lower Zambezi and so you will encounter more vehicles on the roads. i really recommend this camp as the last part of your trip.

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The K family from London
Arrived on: 2-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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It was highly luxuries and rather too modern for our needs.

Guiding was excellent but our guides effectiveness was handicapped by the sheer number of other vehicles, especially at night. Traffic is something we normally avoid.

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T Family from London
Arrived on: 15-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Chinzombo review

Stunning setting and fabulous facilities. Kate and Tom (hosts) could not have done more for us - they were always around to check that you were okay, or if you needed anything. Our guide - Willie - was superb. Very patient and hugely knowledgeable. Breakfasts were amazing - seeing the sun rise over eggs cooked over an open fire - doesn't get much better than that.

The one niggle I had: we were given a free foot massage to lure us into using their spa facilities. I had a massage but the price was too high (US$140.00 for an hour). I understand (ish) why you pay this sort of money in places like London and Dubai but in Zambia when they do the massage on your deck (ie not in a spa which they have had to build and maintain), the price is too high. I should have wriggled out of it when I realised this but it was too late.

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Mr S from Hong Kong
Arrived on: 6-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Chinzombo Camp Review

Wow!! After the rustic basic feel of Tafika, I felt as if I'd truly upgraded when I arrived at Chinzombo.

Hostess Katy was charming and helpful and made my stay even more special. The lead guide, Shadi, is a legend in the valley and knew just how to get the most out of our drives. Perched overlooking the river, the camp is in an idyllic spot.

The food was the best I had tasted in Zambia. It is a true luxury camp. My chalet was gorgeous in every way. There was even a bottle of Jameson Irish whiskey in a decanter in my room. In conclusion, wow!!!!

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