Time + Tide’s Chongwe River House is a luxury villa in the Chiawa Conservancy, in Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park. Set on a tranquil stretch of the river, the house blends effortlessly into its setting allowing guests to watch from the shady deck as animals such as elephant and antelope draw near to drink. The privacy and exclusivity of this villa make it ideal for groups or families with children over the age of 7 years. 

Chongwe River House features an award-winning design of organic shapes that merge perfectly with the African landscape. The lodge sleeps eight guests in four en-suite bedrooms and has a lounge, dining area, fully equipped kitchen and a wooden deck with a swimming pool and views of the river. A generator provides electricity, as well as WiFi throughout.

Each bedroom is simple, yet luxuriously, furnished in light, natural colours. The king-size beds include soft bedding and mosquito nets. All bedrooms enjoy gorgeous views of the surrounding landscape.

Friendly and attentive staff cater to every need of guests – from serving delicious meals to providing an exciting safari itinerary. Activities include 4×4 game drives, guided walks, canoeing and tiger-fishing. Guests can see many animals, including elephants, hippos and crocodiles, as well as big cats and various buck and antelope.

For a truly thrilling adventure, guests can choose to spend a night away from the lodge and camp out under the stars. The campsite overlooks the Lower Zambezi Valley and comprises simple shelters with bedrolls and an open fire.

Chongwe River House is open from April to November each year. 

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Time + Tide Chongwe River House

Chongwe River House is award-winning safari design at its finest. This stunning two storey, four bedroom private house is set on a tranquil stretch of the Chongwe River against a beautiful mountainous backdrop. The Chongwe area is famous for large elephants, and they will frequently wander through camp in search of seed pods from the winterthorn trees or cross the river right in front of the house. The bedrooms, equipped with either king-size or twin beds under huge mosquito nets, are arranged on two floors and have their own private outdoor sitting area. Private, open-air bathtubs on the upper floor allow bathers to completely immerse themselves in the wilderness experience. Innovative ‘waterfall’ showers on the upper floor echo the waterfalls of the upper river, whilst guests on the lower floor can enjoy the experience of ‘rainfall’ showers.