What an experience! We could not have been happier with our three nights at Chinzombo. This was our first camp, on our first safari, and boy are we spoiled now. We arrived at Chinzombo just a couple weeks after it opened and were one of the first "non-industry" guests at the camp. What stood out for us was simply the level of service, which is beyond anything we have expereinced. The resident managers Finn and Wendy (Scots in Zambia because, why not?) attended to our every need and want to a fault. They really made the expereince for us, and by the time we were done my wife and I felt like we had been vacationing with friends, not with managers of the camp.
Our guides -- Abe and John ("the Baptist") -- were terrific. As first time safari goers Abe and John really took the time to explain what we were seeing and make sure that we would have the trip of a lifetime. What stuck with me, especially, is the true passion and care Abe and John had for their country, the wildlife and the park. This was more than "a job" for both of them, it was a passion and something they cared about deeply. That commitment and passion came through on every drive and walk we took. On our last day we took a morning walking safari where John spent a good hour slowly walking us around to a mother giraffe and her newborn calve to watch it nurse...it was truly special to see something like that from the ground on a walking safari. As a new camp that was not fully booked during our visit we had the luxury of private drives and walks every day, which allowed us to set our own pace and just enjoy ourselves without worrying about a larger group.
The rest of the staff was equally great, keeping the camp and rooms spic and span, the food and drink flowing, and having every need met.
Food and drink at the lodge each day was magnificent and evenings spent around the campfire with a glass of Amarula, a nice cigar, and the wonderful company of Finn and Wendy is not something we will soon forget.
If you are going to South Luangwa -- and you should -- I cannot imagine a better place to stay.
- Also Known As:
- Chinzombo - Norman Carr Safaris Zambia/South Luangwa National Park
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chinzombo – the next generation of Zambian bush camps – “Wildly Luxurious” open June 2013.Back in the 1950’s Norman Carr dreamt of a unique way to experience the African bush; a way of interacting with the environment respecting both the natural landscape and local Zambian traditions - conservation through tourism. NCS is proud to take the next step in this continual process of innovation. Our architects, Silvio RECH & Lesley CARSTENS, the visionaries behind such gems as North Island and Little Vumbura, see Chinzombo as another step in the continued evolution of their luxury bush-camp design philosophy. Here, for the first time, modernist architectural forms are combined with the organic geometry and regional materials of indigenous Zambian building methods to create an entirely new type of bush-camp on the site of one of Norman’s original camps.Six spacious villas – one of which is designed to accommodate a family of five are nestled within the shade of ancient trees on a wildlife rich ridge which follows a C-shaped bend in the Luangwa River. Each villa is over 150sq meters, has it’s own pool and is equipped with wifi. The most senior members of NCS' legendary guiding team are based at Chinzombo. ... more less