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Chongwe River House

Lusaka & Lower Zambezi

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Chongwe River House overview


Chongwe River House in Lower Zambezi is located at the end of a massive winterthorn grove, on the banks of the peaceful Chongwe River, a tributary of the Zambezi. The view of the nearby mountainous escarpment is spectacular. On entering the house, the main room has low bridges over flowing water. From this room you look out over the deck and pool to the river and mountains beyond. Chongwe River House was judged 'Best Safari House in Africa 2013' by The Good Safari Guide.

The ground floor bedrooms are each entered through a tunnel which gives the feeling of walking through a cave. The curved entrance gives privacy without the need for doors. The downstairs bathrooms have water pouring out of the stone ceiling instead of the normal shower rose. Taps are made from bone and wood and the exquisitely carved basins have been carved out of wood and white marble. The upstairs bedrooms have unusual baths, from which you have a view across the bush and the showers are waterfalls.

The Chongwe area is famous for huge male elephants feeding through the winterthorn grove in which the house is situated and this amazing game experience is enhanced by the fact the Chongwe River itself it the main water source for most of the game in the area. From the bedrooms, the sitting room and the deck you will have game in view, feeding and watering.

Activities here include game drives in private vehicles, guided walking safaris, boat trips and canoe rides, and fishing trips. Alternatively, guests can relax by the swimming pool. Chongwe River House accepts children aged 7 and over.


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Amanda Marks, Tribes

"This is one of the most architecturally interesting safari lodges/houses I’ve ever seen. Even the resident managers fondly call it their ‘Flintstones’ house. It is indeed almost like being in a cave, but one which is huge, open and airy!If you want somewhere private for a group of up to 8 people (possibly 10 if some are younger children) then this is definitely worth considering. Do what you like, when you like, and you have a whole team of people to look after you and make your stay very special."

Julie Croucher, Tribes
"When this place was built and I saw photos of it, I was not impressed!  It seemed like something crossed between a cave and a ships mast .... totally out of place. However, when I saw it for real I was blown away by it.  It's fabulous!  Yes, it looks like a luxury version of the Flintstones house, but the design and the location are superb.  The photos do not do it justice.  Little touches like the tables carved from tree trunks and waterfall style natural showers are perfect.  There is a lot of game around the house so you can sit in the pool and watch leopard come to have a drink in the river, or lie in bed and look out at the night sky..... for a family or group of friends I can't think of anywhere I'd rather recommend - go now, you'll never find anything else like it on earth!  "



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