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This idyllic, verging-on-the-opulent camp occupies a pristine area in a tight bend of the meandering Luangwa River, so feels like an island.

Secluded, stylish and innovative, with minimalist décor, it is artfully engineered to blend with its surroundings, and offers unprecedented comfort in the bush. Norman Carr used Chinzombo as his base during the Emerald Season, so the area is steeped in history. Six spacious and airy villas, concealed in the canopies of ancient trees along a ridge, seem to float above the surrounding landscape.

Each villa has separate living and sleeping areas, a private plunge pool, luxurious bathroom and wide deck, and is connected to the central lounge/dining area by a footpath that winds through the trees. Facilities include WiFi, an exercise and yoga area, spa, and shady decks overlooking the river, where you can unwind and enjoy the views. The 25 hectares of private land overlook the river, which is alive with wildlife, with private, direct access into one of the national park's richest areas - making this a very special spot indeed. Activities include vehicle and foot safaris accompanied by experienced guides. Chinzombo is open all year round.

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South Luangwa National Park

South Luangwa is undoubtedly the jewel of Zambia’s national parks. It lies in the north-eastern part of Zambia and comprises some 9,050 square kilometres of unspoilt African wilderness. Its eastern boundary is the meandering Luangwa River whose regular changes in course leave scenic ox-bow lagoons.

  • Where: Eastern Province
  • Ideal for viewing: leopard, Cookson’s wildebeest, Thornicroft’s giraffe, Crawshay’s zebra, African elephant
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Wildlife photography, Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, Vehicle safaris, Walking with wildlife, Just Conservation