zambia - lower zambezi national park
Chongwe River safari Lodge
Under a complete canopy of huge
Winter Thorn Acacias (Albidas), it is such an
unrivalled site that David Livingstone used it
twice on his travels of the north bank of the
Zambezi, as did Courtney Selous, when he hunted
in this, his favourite wilderness!
Chongwe River Camp is situated
on the confluence of the Chongwe and Zambezi Rivers,
directly opposite Mana Pools.
The Chongwe River is the boundary
of the Lower Zambezi National Park, a 4000 sq.
km pristine sanctuary teeming with game, and said
to be one of the continent's most picturesque
Chongwe River Camp is a 'bush
camp' situated in a wilderness area; elephant
are more numerous than people in our Albida grove.
There are no fences and the animals have complete
right of way.
The chalets are large, well
appointed Mulati tents under thatch, with a luxury
open air bathroom on suite. Situated under a canopy
of Albidas thorns and surrounded by cool lawns,
they command fabulous views over the confluence
of the Chongwe and Zambezi Rivers. Each tent sleeps
two people, twin or double beds can be arranged.
The Bathrooms are an experience
on their own. Shower under the stars or the early
morning sunshine. All fittings are made from natural
materials found near the lodge.
The Zambezi is home to one of
the world's premiere game fish, the Tiger. The
variety in the Zambezi, Hydrocynus vittatus, can
grow up to 10 -12 Kg and is a superb fighter.
The facts about Tiger fish angling and popular
belief differ, so please be warned that we operate
a strict catch and release policy. There are plenty
of bream and chessa to eat or use as bait, as
well as many varieties of catfish. You will certainly
have a fight on your hands if you hook a Vundu
(Bagrus Catfish), which can grow up to almost
Exceptional Game viewing opportunities
are available from the Lodge, either by open safari
vehicle, on foot or by canoe and motorboat. Both
day and night drives are available but groups
can plan their activities around their preferences.
Chongwe specialises in walking safaris, affording
time to learn about the not so obvious secrets
of the bush.