Chongwe River House, Lower Zambezi National Park

Chongwe River House is a luxurious four-bedroomed house with its own pool and deck in a great bush location overlooking the Chongwe River.

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About Chongwe River House

Chongwe River House is an exclusive use house on the Chongwe River. The house sleeps eight in four spacious ensuite bedrooms, making it an ideal safari base for a family or a group of friends. The house is designed by Neil Rocher. It is located in a clearing between winterthorn trees on the Chongwe River. The views of the river and the dramatic mountainous escarpment beyond it are sensational.

The house has been ingeniously built around a frame of wild wood with ferro walls following the natural lines of the branches. All the furniture in the sitting room has been carved from a single fallen winterthorn tree, and coloured pebbles collected from the river decorate the ceilings.

The ground floor bedrooms are entered through tunnels, giving the impression of walking into a cave. The bathrooms have waterfall showers, taps made from bone and wood and exquisite basins carved from wood and white marble by the Zambian artist Eddie Mumba. In the upstairs bedrooms you can lie in your bath and gaze out across the bush.

As guests at the house, you have the exclusive use of private vehicles, guides, canoes, a boat and an armed scout. All activities can be tailored to your individual requirements, and the property comes fully staffed with a house manager and private chef, who will sit down with you and plan your menus.

The location of the house is superb. The Chongwe River, a quiet tributary of the Zambezi, borders the Lower Zambezi National Park, 4,000 square kilometres of pristine wilderness that teems with game. Our guides will take you into the park on foot, or by canoe. You can also take a fishing trip on the river to do battle with the famous tiger fish.

If you just want to chill out in the swimming pool, or laze on the gorgeous outside dining platform, the chances are you will still see an elephant. They daily stroll in the grounds, chomping on the fruit of the winterthorn trees.

Families are welcome at the house. Supervised activities for children can be arranged, although there is a minimum age of seven.