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Reviewed June 25, 2014

We spent 5 days here with friends for a special birthday celebration. The house is comfortable and luxurious and we never felt on top of each other. Game comes right up to the deck so you can sit and watch elephants, impala, warthogs etc very closely. Being on the Chongwe river game was viewed not only from drives, but also from the boat and with the option of canoeing. Managers, Scot and Kim, were outstanding in making sure we had everything we wanted and the birthday celebration was lovely. The whole staff are delightful, the food delicious and our guide, Joseph, did everything he could to make our viewing superb. We also visited the Chiawa Cultural Village and Mugurameno Primary School.

Date of stay: June 2014
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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2  Thank marywant
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Reviewed April 24, 2014

We stayed at chongwe house for 3 nights in April. Their website really doesn't show the magnitude of this amazing house. 4 massive bedrooms and bathrooms. The lounge was incredible. Could have done with an extra day to just sit in the house and enjoy it but we had so many private game activities to do. Guides were amazing especially with the small children. We had 2 waiters, 2 chefs, 2 house managers and guides etc. All for us! Was incredible. Food was of the highest quality and just soooo much food. We will save our pennies to return. A great location for 4 couples for special celebration. Canoeing, drives, walks, private surprise afternoon tea out in the bush? We saw lions, leopard, elephants of course and so many hippo. Everyday was thrilling. Just note that there are no walls or windows. The sounds of lions roaring and hippos munching outside is thrilling . I'm not a huge fan of frogs so a trip to the beautiful bathroom just a little nerve raking for me but I did have my torch. No one could go here and not feel truly spoilt.

Date of stay: April 2014
Trip type: Traveled with family
2  Thank kim a
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Reviewed October 5, 2013

This Flintstone looking house has four very spacious bedrooms with expansive living areas. This private setting was right on the Chongwee River with close proximity to the Zambezi River (Chongwee is a small tributary). It has abundant game right at the doorstep and excellent water activities. During our visit, the elephants came right next to the room. You got your own household staff with very attentive service. Anet, the boss and Matt, the guide are just outstanding.

Date of stay: August 2013
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1  Thank tkng
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

This private house has an amazing design, mimicking an animal's riverbank lair entwined with tree roots, mud and rocks, the kind you would find along the banks of the adjacent Chongwe river. We hadn't seen anything like it. Our hosts for the 4 nights were Anet and Matt, who manage the excellent team of staff. Anet manages the house beautifully ensuring the smallest details are attended to. Matt is an outstanding, passionate guide, ensuring all activities are arranged and equipment is in the right place at the right time. We really enjoyed Matt's drives. We didn't see much trophy game, but that allowed us to learn more about the enormous range of wildlife that exists in the Lower Zambezi. Matt's a keen photographer and was generous sharing tips and techniques. One of the activity options is to visit a local village and cultural centre which our teenage kids really enjoyed and we recommend highly. The food is excellent, especially the lunches with various delicious salads. There were regular special touches which we really appreciated such as a surprise lunch on an island in the middle of the Zambezi. We'll never forget this one.

Date of stay: July 2013
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1  Thank blah1025
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

A useful definition of luxury is having the "space an time to enjoy your surroundings with friends". Chongwe River House provides you with just that. The location itself is wonderful. Good game come down to the river each day so there is plenty to keep you occupied even if you choose not to go out on an exciting game drive, exhilerating canoe ride or enjoy some fishing. If you can stay here - do!

Room tip: Enjoy the rising sun from the deck of the upper and east facing room.
Date of stay: June 2013
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Thank JamesHAfrica
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