Lying within the Norman Carr Safaris portfolio, Chinzombo reaches new heights in design, elegance and sophistication while maintaining a close adherence to Carr's original low-impact conservation ethos. Limited to six sumptuous villas, the lodge promises a very exclusive and intimate experience, making it ideal for honeymooners and small private groups.

Designed by a renowned architectural team, the lodge is situated in a towering forest on a loop of the Luangwa River. Fitting seamlessly into the beautiful surroundings, Chinzombo's villas appear to float above the ground, tucked into the forest canopy, with commanding views of the river below.

Set in a private concession, Chinzombo offers direct access to Zambia's flagship reserve, the South Luangwa National Park. Head out on game drives to track the big game for which this park is famous, returning to relax on your viewing deck or beside your private swimming pool. Open year round and making an ideal combination safari with Victoria Falls and the Lower Zambezi National Park, Chinzombo is destined to become a major feature on the Zambian safari calendar.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Safari Awards - Best New Camp in Africa 2014, 2015
  •  Safari Awards - Runner Up for Best Safari Cuisine in Africa 2015


  • Incredible riverside setting
  • Superb game viewing
  • 6 exclusive, raised villas
  • Ideal for honeymooners
  • Chic & sensitive architecture

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The epitome of simplicity and sophistication, Chinzombo takes Zambia's South Luangwa experience to an entirely new level. Set on a bend in the river where Norman Carr himself had a camp many years ago, the lodge pays homage to his pioneering spirit and innovative approach to conservation.

Embracing new technologies to minimise environmental impact and utilising recycled or locally sourced, sustainable materials in Chinzombo’s construction, the architects have successfully retained the spirit of Old Africa in an otherwise modern design ethic. The result is a seamless blend of bygone style infused with a distinctive freshness that offers discerning travellers a truly original setting.

Take advantage of the lodge's range of amenities: from Wi-Fi access to yoga and spa facilities, from your private plunge pool to plenty of shady decks for armchair game viewing. When it comes to activities, Chinzombo offers day and night drives along with guided nature walks and cultural visits to the local village.

General Facilities

    Swimming Pool
    Wi-fi available


Sip on a freshly brewed tea or coffee as you watch the dawn mist rise off the river before a light breakfast and your morning game drive. As the mid-morning temperature begins to rise, return to the camp’s shady grove of trees and a hearty brunch on the terrace. With a breeze rustling the leaves above, relax by the pool or indulge in a siesta on your private verandah, rousing yourself in the late afternoon to sample the sumptuous high tea.

After your afternoon game drive, evenings are given over to cocktails, hippo serenades, and the convivial conversation of a crackling fireplace. Dinner is served on crisp linen by the soft glow of candlelight. Add an excellent wine list and the wild symphony of the African night, and you will find few better gastronomic experiences on safari.


Six luxurious villas are tucked into the tree line overlooking the river and forest beyond. Each is designed with an exquisite eye for detail and flow - the open verandah and outdoor shower blend seamlessly with the interior spaces through a series of generously proportioned windows.

Substantial bathrooms boast showers and gorgeous tubs, while the plunge pool on your private deck offers a quiet spot to cool off in the heat of the day. Bedrooms are ventilated through an innovative and eco-friendly design that ensures a cool, peaceful night’s sleep.

One of the villas has an expanded design allowing for family use and can sleep up to five guests.


    Private pool
    Wi-fi available in room


  • Animal tracking experience
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Nature drives
  • Night drives
  • Guided walking safaris
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Jun 2017 - 31 Oct 2017 $1300 Fully Inclusive
  • 01 Nov 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $945 Fully Inclusive
  • 01 Jan 2018 - 31 May 2018 $1000 Fully Inclusive
  • 01 Jun 2018 - 31 Oct 2018 $1350 Fully Inclusive
  • 01 Nov 2018 - 31 Dec 2018 $1000 Fully Inclusive

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Family Villa Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • On the contrary at Chimzombo. That part of the park is open year round and they even had a very laid back leopard whom we saw several times and who actually walked calmly smack dab in front of our jeep. And the camp and facilities are in the "premier" class with superb food as well.

    Emily Zants, July 2014
  • Loved loved loved Chinzombo, the staff were wonderful, Finlay and Wendy Hunter, Christina Carr, Shaddy Nkhoma, the "tents" were divine, and the walking safaris were quite an experience.

    Agnes Kuan, June 2013

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Monique Wilson

Monique Wilson

Africa Safari Expert

"Wildly luxurious with style and elegance previously unseen to the Luangwa Valley. This camp is super-luxurious and has spaicous living areas as well as very spacious villas with private plunge pools and cooled sleeping areas. It is a great way to end your South Luangwa Safari."



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