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Zambezi National Park, Zambia
Chongwe River Camp
- In a beautiful riverside position just outside the gorgeous Lower Zambezi National Park.
- At Chongwe, the only thing the staff insists on is it that you relax.
- Boasting breathtaking views and, quite often, elephants wandering the camp, this lodge has all the qualities to make you instantly fall in love with it.
Facilities includeWIFI Room service Bar/Lounge Private River Veranda Extensive Library
- Tiger Fishing
- Day/Night Drives
- Dugout Canoeing
- Bush Stargazing
- River Boat Cruise
- Guided Walking Safaris
Seasons in Zambia
About Chongwe River Camp
Chongwe River Camp is nestled under a complete canopy of huge winter thorn acacias, in an area where elephants are more numerous than people â there are no fences and the animals have complete right of way. Occupying a unique and unrivalled location the camp is located directly opposite Mana Pools and looks onto the confluence of the Chongwe channel and Zambezi River, with the mountains of the escarpment on the north. The Chongwe channel is perfect for canoe trips as it is relatively free of hippos and strong currents.
All eight large, well appointed Mulati tents are kept cool by their thatched roofs ad situated under a canopy of albida throns, surrounded by lawns with stunning river views. They have recently been upgraded and offer superb accommodation. The open- air en-suite bathrooms mean guests can shower both under the stars and in the early morning sunshine. Game including elephant, lion, hippo and buffalo â amongst many others â can sometimes all be viewed from your tent.
Chongwe river camp is situated near Lower Zambezi National Park.
How to get there
Fly from Mfuwe or Livingstone to Lusaka, which is an hour and 10 mins flight, before taking a connecting flight from Lusaka to Royal Airstrip, a 35 minute flight.
Chongwe River Camp is a 15 minute game drive from Royal Airstrip.
When to go
Chongwe River Camp is open from 1st April - 15th November.
April and May - most of the rain has faded away, leaving a landscape that is green and lush, with clear skies and pleasantly mild temperatures.
June, July and August - the nights are generally much cooler, but the days are clear and warm. Make sure you bring warm clothes to wrap up in the early mornings and evenings, as some nights get very cold.
September and October - the temperatures climb and it can get very hot in October. However, the game viewing is spectacular as the animals concentrate around the limited water sources and along the river.
November is variable, it can be hot and dry like October, or, you may be lucky enough to experience the first spectacular storms of the season.
Zambia is regarded as a malarial area and therefore proper prevention, by way of malaria prophylaxis is recommended. There are many different strains of Malaria requiring specific drugs. Please consult your doctor for the right prophylactic (anti Malarial) drugs. You may also require proof of Yellow Fever and other vaccinations, so please make sure these are up to date - consult your travel agent for details. All guides have advanced first aid training and the camp has a full medical kit on hand.
Zambia is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich MeanTime, 7 hours ahead of Eastern USA time and 10 hours ahead of Pacific and Western time.
There is minimal communication in the Lower Zambezi Valley. There is no cell phone coverage, and no fax, but there is access to Wi-Fi in all of the camps. All camps have radios for communication with the outside world in case of emergency.
Travelling with children
Chongwe Safaris welcomes children from 7 years old. Younger children will be considered upon request.
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