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Chongwe River House
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Reviewed November 20, 2011

Our Zimbabwe-Zambia safari ended with several days at this amazing wholly open-to-the-outside small lodge. Initially we felt some panic at the openness but soon relaxed as we realized that the builders of Chongwe River House has essentially succeeded in creating the sense that we were one with the river and the outdoors. Our three adults and two 9-year-olds were the only guests at Chongwe House and enjoyed all aspects of our very special treatment. Food was excellent, especially the surprise outdoor night feast done in their nearby camp, with the Chongwe staff entertaining with native music and dance. Our local touring was excellent, including the time we spent at the close native village, the fast-boat touring of the rivers, and the river fishing done by the children (with exciting catches, helped by Chongwe's staff). Jane and Sean's warm hospitality and conversation made this visit a great finish to this African trip.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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1  Thank Edward R
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Reviewed October 10, 2010

We were so lucky to be in the Flinstones Grotto as we called this wonderful House, just the 3 of us. Fantastic Managers, Clem and Brandon, service from Kennedy(morning) and Francis(afternoon/night). The food produced by Moffat and Patrick was outstanding
nothing was too much, everything was done for us. Mario our guide took us fishing and took us to his village. After spending 4 days n safari in the south Luangwa NP at the Kafunta Lodge, which is brilliant, we just wanted to chill out and go boating and fishing.
Brandon took us to see the Lion Brothers and Leopard with its kill in the tree. We had Ellies in our front yard, crossing the river in front of us. Hippo's chasing us. Brilliant tiger
fishing for James. It was fantastic with the light aircraft taking us to the airstrips, cannot
praise all staff enough for our stay. Thank you, Wytske, James & Ian Australia

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 21, 2010

The title says it all. Chongwe River House was the perfect ending to our trip. I can only describe it as "rustic luxury". The house is everything that it is famous for, and more! Crazy design (in a good way), beautiful location and setting, and just a wonderful staff that is friendly, accommodating and makes you feel right at home. Clem and Beej were tremendous hosts (and Bruce will be one day too), while Francis, Kennedy and Mario provided exceptional service. Kudos also to the chefs. The food was outstanding; probably the best we have had amongst many safari camps we have visited.

Highlights of our trip: 4 individual bedrooms open to the Chongwe River with beautiful views; the waterfall showers (which I preferred over the rainfall showers); elephants grazing right next to the house; warthogs in the backyard -- as if they were house pets; witnessing a lion kill and lions mating; bush breakfast; outdoor Mongolian dinner our last night, along with staff singing and dancing; fishing on the Zambezi; watching elephants and later a lion crossing the Chongwe River, which was unusually high for the time of year... Just an idyllic 4 days! Can't say enough good things about this property.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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1  Thank ksol
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Reviewed March 2, 2010

This is one of the most amazing places in the world. The service from very professional staff cannot be faulted, (there were 10 staff members looking after 4 of us!) The open-fronted house, described by one of our party as a mix of the Flintstones and the Dorchester, is located amongst Winterthorn trees a few yards from the Chongwe River. A truly magical setting. You will not have to move from the house to see lions drinking from the river, hippos grazing the lawn and elephants picking up Winterthorn seed pods from the patio just a few feet from the comfort of the lounge. The Zambezi is an immense, beautiful, magnificent river, just a few minutes away in one of several guided, powered boats for the exclusive use of guests. We enjoyed game drives, canoeing, relaxing and swimming in our private pool, picnics in the bush, good food by any standard (but excellent considering the house is the wilderness) and great fishing for Tigerfish.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 7, 2009

We had Lions roaring what seemed to be on the front lawn, Elephants came visiting us - we didn't have to go looking for them, Tiger fishing on the Zambezi pretty good considering the time of the year, we were well looked after by all the staff - this was our second visit and we will certainly be going back again.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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1  Thank zambiatraveller
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