Chongwe River House

Resting on the banks of the Chongwe River, spectacular Chongwe River House is a fantasy-inspired retreat that promises an African safari experience like no other.

Set next to Zambia's Lower Zambezi National Park and overlooking magnificent Mana Pools, this luxurious 4-bedroom villa is the perfect base for families and friends to explore a wildlife paradise in tailor-made exclusivity.

With its curvaceous shape and thoughtful use of indigenous wood, this unusual and unique abode has been designed to integrate effortlessly with nature through flowing curved walls and open-fronted living spaces that embrace incredible views. The four spacious, open-fronted bedrooms are individually and comfortably furnished, and each opens onto a private terrace which overlooks the river. A shady deck and sparkling pool beckon on hot summer days.

Dedicated staff will cater to your every need: a personal chef will treat you to superb cuisine, and expert guides and trackers will lead you in search of the animals for which the Lower Zambezi is so famous. Enjoy game drives, walking safaris and boat cruises before taking a tall glass onto the viewing deck to watch elephant, buffalo and impala drink at the water's edge.

Fact File

Beds 4
Showers 4
People 8
Location Lower Zambezi
Pool Yes
  • Bush Views
Service Fully Serviced by a team of staff
Property Type Villa
Ideal For
  • Family
  • Honeymoon
  • Families with young children
  • Families with teens
  • Extended Families


  • Riverside setting with incredible views 
  • Game drives, walking safaris & boat cruises
  • Unique & inspired organic design 
  • Dedicated butler, chef & guides
  • Game viewing from the pool deck
“Staying in a private house is like being on your own in the wilderness - a special experience. Plus, meal times and game viewing are completely flexible - perfect when travelling with children.”
Rikke Williams, Africa Safari Expert


Style & Décor

At first glance, the rounded organic shape, tightly thatched roof and deep-set windows of Chongwe River House bring to mind a hobbit’s cosy cottage. Following the gnarled forms of the surrounding winter thorn and ebony trees, the inspired Berber-style design echoes the structure of a termite mound, with curved corridors and walls, open arches and doorways and wide tunnels. Open-fronted rooms with magnificent views of the Zambezi River invite nature in, and feature unique pieces of furniture carved from fallen tree trunks. A beautiful timber pool deck seems to merge seamlessly with the mercurial river and tawny wilderness beyond.


Situated on the confluence of the Chongwe and Zambezi Rivers and overlooking Zimbabwe's Mana Pools, Chongwe River House lies on the boundary of the Lower Zambezi National Park. Teeming with game, this 4 000km² reserve is one of Southern Africa’s most pristine and picturesque wilderness areas, where huge herds of elephant and buffalo still roam. The Zambezi River draws wildlife down to drink throughout the day and you can explore the area on game drives, boat cruises and walks. Take a canoe safari and stop off at the little islands dotted along the river or throw a fishing line in the water for the Zambezi's famous tiger fish.


Chongwe River House is ideal for families or groups of friends looking for a unique and exclusive safari in one of Zambia's flagship reserves. Children over seven years old are welcome but the minimum age for walking and canoe safaris is 12.

Best time to visit

Chongwe River House is closed during Zambia's December-to-March rainy season though if you want to see the Lower Zambezi at its greenest, head for Chongwe in April and May before the dry season begins.

The May to October dry season is best for game viewing - the later the better. Vegetation is sparser, making it easier to spot wildlife, and the Zambezi River is a magnet for thirsty animals. The climate is cool and occasionally cold in June and July; temperatures rise steadily from September until the first rains begin around November.

Special Notes

Chongwe River House is closed from December to March. Note that the Lower Zambezi falls within the malaria belt and visitors are advised to consult their physician prior to travel for the most appropriate medication.


Chongwe's fully-equipped kitchen is home to your personal chef who will produce an array of delicious dishes for every taste, including special dietary requirements and children’s menus.

  • Fully-equipped & serviced kitchen

Master Bedroom

Open-fronted with spectacular river views, the master bedroom is a luxurious and serene haven. A king-sized 4-poster bed rests under draped muslin mosquito nets, and simple, Afro-chic furnishings create a comfortable ambience. Sculptured wood makes for interesting wall art and a high thatched ceiling enhances the feeling of space.

  • En suite bathroom
  • King-sized bed
  • Private patio
  • Walk-in closet
  • Overhead fan
  • Cupboard space
  • Safe
  • Docking station for a music player

Guest Bedrooms

Following the quirky design of the house, a curved corridor leads like a burrow to the ground floor guest rooms. Spacious yet cosy, these rooms feature king-sized, 4-poster beds with mosquito nets, ample dressing space, en suite bathrooms and a private terrace with stunning views.


Large and individually designed en suite bathrooms each have luxurious rain showers, bathtubs and beautifully carved marble and wood basins by local artist Eddie Mumba.

Living & Dining Area     

Nature is reflected in the spacious, open-fronted living area, merging seamlessly with the surrounding landscape and river. Exposed timber trusses, arched walls and sculptured organic furniture echo the African wilderness. Dine in style at the large table which has been lovingly carved from a giant winter thorn tree or out on the deck overlooking the meandering river.

  • Dining table & chairs

Outside Area

A sweeping timber deck flows out from the house towards the river and commands spectacular views of the river, floodplains and mountains beyond. Relax on comfortable sun loungers by the swimming pool as you watch animals pass by. 

General Facilities

  • Wi-fi
  • Board games
Our team of experienced Villa Experts are here to tailor-make your dream vacation.

Stephanie Goemans
Africa Safari Expert

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