|Flight time||from UK: 15hrs; from US: 24hrs 55mins|
|Ideal length||7 Nights|
|When to go||April - November|
Stay in your own blissful retreat on the lower Zambezi, away from the maddening crowds.
Plan your very own bespoke safari itinerary.
Head out on safari at dusk or dawn, on foot, 4x4 or even by canoe, it’s completely up to you.
Unwind by the pool and dine under the stars with food cooked by your own private chef.
Chongwe River House in Zambia is a blissful African escape far from the madding crowds. With only a quietly flowing river and a handful of elephants for company, you can concentrate on unwinding and planning your own completely bespoke itinerary. Whether you want to head out at dusk or dawn; on foot (with an armed guide of course), in a 4x4 or in a canoe, the choice is yours. Maybe a day by the pool? That's ok too. If you're lucky, an elephant or two might just wander past while you're doing your laps (or reading a trashy novel). Chongwe is famous for its population of male elephants, and with their water source running right outside the house, the chances of spotting a couple from your own little outpost are pretty darn good.
So what does your luxury lodge look like? Built entirely around a frame of ferro walls, the contours follow the natural curve of the wild wood branches that give it shape. The sitting room is furnished with sofas and tables carved from a single fallen winterthorn tree and the ceilings have been embedded with soft-coloured pebbles from the Chongwe River.
Every material has been sourced from the natural environment, from your shower water, which flows directly from the stone ceiling, to the carved wooden taps. There are staff on hand to take you out on excursions, plan your tailored menu and even run you a bath (traditionally enjoyed at Chongwe with a spectacular view). Make no mistake: this is your safari and we wouldn't have it any other way.