Chongwe River Camp is situated at the confluence of the Chongwe and Zambezi Rivers, directly opposite Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park. The Chongwe River is the boundary of the Lower Zambezi National Park, and the Camp is in the Chiawa Game Management Area. Chongwe is family owned and run, and is a luxury ‘bush camp’ – where there is far more wildlife than people, and the wildlife has right of way. Indeed, by just staying in Camp, guests to get to see a good variety of species, as they come down to the Rivers to drink. In addition, the area is home to some 250 species of bird.
Accommodation is in large, well appointed Mulati tents under thatch, with an open air bathroom en suite. Situated under a canopy of Albida thorns and surrounded by cool lawns, they command fabulous views over the Rivers, and the mountains on the horizon. In addition the Camp boasts two suites (Albida and Cassia). Both suites are custom-designed tents, with gauze windows. The en suite bathrooms are also under canvas, and house double-basins, shower and bath. In addition each suite has a lounge, and private pool. You can also enjoy private dining in your suite.
The chef prepares a good variety of dishes, which are served at the outdoor dining table. Dining al fresco, with the African night sky as a canopy is an experience not to be missed!
There is a lot to do a Chongwe. Game drives give you the chance to explore the area, and see a good variety of game. A drive at night opens up the nocturnal world – as there are a number of species that you would not see during daylight hours. Game walks add an extra dimension to being in the bush, and there is much to see, and learn from your guide. Being on a River is an added advantage, as canoeing is a popular option – both as an activity on its own, and as an exceptional way in which to see wildlife.
You can fill a stay of several days, and still allow yourself time to relax in this beautiful and tranquil setting.
Fishing is also a popular option, and the Zambezi is home to a premier game fish – the tiger. Chongwe operates a strict catch and release policy on all fish caught. In addition to tiger, there are bream, and catfish.