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.
"This is one of the most architecturally interesting safari lodges/houses Iâ€™ve ever seen. Even the resident managers fondly call it their â€˜Flintstonesâ€™ 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."