Chinzombo brings a new level of experience to the Luangwa Valley in Zambia; modern architectural forms were combined with organic geometry, regional materials, and indigenous Zambian building methods.
Situated outside the South Luangwa National Park on a private piece of land across the Luangwa River, the lodge is named after one of the original safari camps in the valley. While most camps in this area are more traditional, Chinzombo breaks the mould with its contemporary design and also created a new level of sophistication in the area. Run by Norman Carr Safaris, one of the oldest photosafari companies in Zambia, you will find numerous pictures of the legendary Norman Carr, along with some of the company's longest-serving and most experienced guides, including Abraham and Shadrak (or 'Abes' and 'Shaddy' as they're affectionately known), who are still active and legends themselves.
The dominant feature of the camp is the deck with swimming pool and firepit. The firepit is a great place to exchange stories after dinner, and it's also here that breakfast is usually served, with eggs cooked to order over an open fire; a fantastic spot to start the day, where you can often spot wildlife even before you head out on a morning activity.
Its six spacious luxury safari tents (including a two-bedroom, two-bathroom family tent) rest beneath ancient msikizi trees. Each has a private pool and soaking tub with panoramic views over the river and its abundant wildlife.
The luxury safari tents’ award-winning design features canvas, timber and reed, accented with leather and raw linen. Each stretches out onto a shaded verandah where you can while away the afternoon or unwind with an in-room spa treatment.
Down a winding path, the main lodge beckons. Lounge on the riverfront sun deck with a book from the open-air library. Enjoy dinner under the stars, made with locally grown produce. Enjoy a drink at bar while browsing through old books and photos or around the fire pit suspended high atop the river bank.
The Chinzombo staff try and tailor each guest's daily activities to suit them, rather than fitting around a traditional camp schedule. Options include guided day and night 4WD game drives, and walking in the park accompanied by one of the expert guides and an armed scout. Guests are taken across the river by boat to their vehicle before they begin the day's adventure. The region is renowned for its world class predator action, with especially strong sightings of the elusive leopard. In the South Luangwa, expect large herds of elephants and rivers packed with hippos and crocs. The Mfuwe region of the park is one of the most productive but you are likely to encounter other vehicles given this area is close to the park's main gate.
You can also enjoy a sleep-out under the stars where a fly-camp is set up on a sandy portion of the river under the watchful eye of a ranger - perfect for families and adventurers!If you just want some downtime, the ladies from the local village are internationally trained and offer luxurious spa treatments like massages, facials, and manicures in your room.
From $1 120.00 low season - to $1 550.00 high season | per person sharing per night
Rates include all meals, standard bar drinks, accommodation, transfers to / from local airport, local inter-camp road transfers, game-viewing activities, laundry and service charge.
Activities include: Game drives (day and night), walking safaris, cultural visits, family activities, canoeing and boat cruises (seasonal).