The rivers are the lifeblood of Zambia, and the richest game viewing is along their banks. It should come as no surprise, then, that the very best lodges and camps in the country are set overlooking the water, where you will not only have splendid views but also be in the optimal location for up close wildlife viewing. Particularly at sunset, there’s no more beautiful place in the world to be.
Relax on the riverbank watching a pod of hippo, only the tops of their heads visible above the water. Watch the kingfisher diving for fish, with or without success, and see the families of elephant coming down to drink, then cross the river with the littlest calves clinging on to their mothers’ tails. Zambia’s best lodges and camps give you front row seats on these watery wonders, so from the first moment you step out onto the deck in the morning until you close your eyes at night, you’ll be surrounded by the most exciting sights and sounds of the bush.
Sausage Tree Camp is in the Lower Zambezi National Park, and its enormous teak deck goes right out over the water. Swimming in the 25m lap pool you might well be serenaded by the grunting of hippo, and when you sit and sip your sundowner, it will be with a view of the Zambezi’s many islands. The camp’s seven luxurious suites were all completely rebuilt to the highest standards in 2018, and the local elephant herds wander between them. You can open the sliding doors between the lounge and the deck, and the river will be right there in front of you.
The aptly named Chongwe River House is available for exclusive use, and for this reason it is one of our favourite spots for families visiting Zambia. This award winning property sleeps up to eight guests, and it boasts some of the best views in the Lower Zambezi. It is set on a quiet stretch of the Chongwe River with a mountain backdrop rising behind. There are waterfall showers and private open air bathtubs, not to mention a fantastic riverside swimming pool. Combine these facilities with tigerfishing, a canoe safari, and a sundowner on a boat cruise, and you really will be making the most of the river and all it has to offer.