Chinzombo Camp

Wildly luxurious , designed by award winning architects Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, Chinzombo brings levels of comfort, style and elegance previously unseen to the Luangwa Valley.

The old Chinzombo Camp was for years the green season base for Norman Carr way back in the 1970’s. We are thrilled to be giving this unique place a new lease of life. The camp is super-luxurious but retains its bush feel with grass and canvas walls and spacious living areas that melt into the exquisite surroundings of the beautiful, tranquil site. The camp is set within 60 acres of private land with Luangwa River frontage; the views from its riverside location which teems with wildlife, plus the private, direct access into one of the most game rich areas of the National Park all combine to make this a truly special place.

Throughout its history, NCS has always innovated. The first camps, the first walking safaris, the first community projects, the first bush camps, the first all Zambian expert guiding team, the list of firsts is a long one! We’re proud to continue that tradition and be the first to bring this level of design and luxury innovation to the Luangwa allowing us to create unique and exclusive adventures for the most discerning of guests.

Villas at Chinzombo Camp

Six spacious villas – one of which is designed to accommodate a family of at least five are nestled within the shade of ancient trees on a wildlife rich ridge which follows a C shaped bend in the Luangwa River just upstream of Kapani Lodge. The Chinzombo villas appear to float over landscape. A winding foot path connects the villas and lounge/dining area through the shade of the surrounding msikzi trees. The simplicity of the modernist steel framed structures in contrast to the natural materials used in the décor and interiors complements the surroundings in a unique way. Each villa is equipped with wifi, a yoga mat and exercise area, spa facilities and the most senior members legendary NCS guiding team.

Spacious living areas comprise large, cooled bedrooms, luxurious bathrooms and private plunge pools on shady decks overlooking the Luangwa. The design is ground breaking and original but the natural materials, locally produced leather, reedwork and canvas, the lack of concrete or brick and the recycled composite timber floors will complement the wilderness perfectly and allow the bush to speak for itself.

Décor will be simple and minimal, using raw linen, timber, copper and hand-made crockery within a simple, authentic minimal shelter with a respectful nod to Chinzombo’s past history and Norman’s legacy. A private viewing platform: a place that allows both wildlife and the natural vegetation to flourish, unhindered by vast tracts of landscaping, game fences, roads or any other man-made objects.

Activities at Chinzombo Camp

Daily activities at Chinzombo include morning and evening game drives, guided walking safaris or simply relaxing by the pool while taking in the majestic scenery of the African bush and wildlife.

Dining at Chinzombo Camp

Norman Carr Safaris has earned a reputation for the quality and range of food served. Whether you are in the main lodge or one of the remote bush camps you can expect cuisine of the highest standards.

The chefs in all of the camps have been trained in-house and are more than happy to cater to any personal requests. If your food preferences could possibly be regarded as out of the ordinary then it is best to inform the lodge in advance of your arrival, however simple choices of vegetarian, vegan or other fare should be discussed with your hosts on arrival.

Days in the bush usually start early so a light breakfast is served at dawn before your first safari. A lavish buffet brunch will be awaiting your return to camp and is served at around 11:00am with the rest of the guests in camp, your host and guide. Afternoon tea and cake is taken at about 3:30pm before the evening safari and dinner for everyone is served between 7.00pm and 8:30pm. Dinner in the camps consists of a three-course meal freshly prepared, cooked in camp and served to you at your table.

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