Imagine the architects were giant termites and the interior designers were the Flintstones, and you’ll have some idea of this unique and fascinating lodge in Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park. Booked on an exclusive-use basis, Chongwe River House has been built on the riverbank, which offers a constant source of water for game as well as regular wildlife sightings. There’s no wall to the front, and all of the large bedrooms are open to make the most of the views.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
Chongwe River House sits on the banks of the Chongwe River, which borders Zambia's Lower Zambezi National Park. This is an area rich in game with large herds of elephants and all the predators.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
The design of the house is extremely unusual. The entire house has been built around a frame of wild wood, with Ferro walls following the contours of the branches. Coloured pebbles from the river decorate the ceilings.
There are four bedrooms in total, each with an ensuite bathroom. These are absolutely amazing. Water pours through the stone ceiling in the upstairs showers, without the normal central rose, while the downstairs showers are waterfalls. The taps are made of wood and bone while the basins have been beautifully carved from wood and marble by the Zambian artist, Eddie Mumba.
The house has spectacular views of the dramatic mountainous escarpment beyond the river. Many animals can be seen from the deck, including elephants crossing the river, and species such as kudu and Impala coming down to the river to drink. Not only is there a house manager, private chef and guide at guests' disposal, but the house comes complete with a private vehicle, boat, canoes and an armed scout for game-viewing. Activities are tailored to suit the guests and can include fishing for tiger sharks, and bird watching around neighbouring islands by boat.
Chongwe River House is a truly amazing place and ideal for groups of up to 8.