Chongwe River Camp

Tour Summary

Destination

The Chongwe River

Area

Just outside the Lower Zambezi National Park, on the confluence of the Chongwe/Zambezi Rivers

Country

Zambia

Season

LOW SEASON:   April, May, June and 1st-15th Nov

MID SEASON:     July and October

HIGH SEASON: August to September

Trip Type

Tented suites on the Chongwe River, a tributary of the Zambezi

Description

Tigerfish ~ Tilapia ~ Bream ~ Catfish, known as ‘Vundu’ to the locals

Approx Cost

Fish in style on the Zambezi

Species

April, May and November:  $695 pppn

June – October: USD $850 pppn

Also add $100 pppn National Park Levy

Prices above for sharing – Single prices available too

No of Days

Namibia

The Lower Zambezi

Lower Zambezi National Park –  at just over 4000 square kilometres, the Lower Zambezi National Park stretches in a narrow swathe from the Chongwe river in the west to the Luangwa river in the east. Rich in biodiversity, there are a number of biomes, or eco-systems in the park, ranging from montane thickets on the slopes of the escarpment to miombo woodlands, grassy floodplains and riparian forests.

Like the adjacent Chiawa Partnership Park, the Lower Zambezi National Park is home to all of the major species in the valley with excellent sightings of elephant, buffalo, lion and leopard a regular occurence. Birdlife in the area is also outstanding, making this a real hotspot for ornithologists.  

Chongwe River Camp offers a range of game activities in the park including full-day pinic trips, canoeing and fishing excursions.

The Fishing

When it comes to fishing, Chongwe is tiger country! The Lower Zambezi is home to the tiger fish, nicknamed the “water dog,” whose sharp teeth are matched only by its fighting spirit and reputation as one of the world’s top game fish.  At Chongwe River Camp we offer our guests the chance to head out onto the river in search of this formidable combatant, operating a strict catch-and-release policy in order to preserve stocks of this incredible fish.

Alternatively, you can try your hand at bream fishing on the Chongwe river itself, where a limited catch can be brought back to camp and served up with a delicious lemon butter sauce!

Fishing can be combined with game activities and all equipment is provided, with both conventional tackle and entry level fly rods available. We recommend serious fly fisherman should bring their own tackle. Please contact us for specifications and recommendations.

Each boat has its own guide and will always have a cooler box stocked with cold drinks. Boats normally leave the lodge around 5.30-6.00am, but you can arrange specific times with your guide to suit your needs. The hottest hours of the day are between midday and 2.00-3.00pm so anglers are encouraged to rest at the time, especially during the sweltering months of September and October. Boats will leave again from 3pm onwards and stay on the water until sun down.

Anglers will also be a fishing game drive. You will set out with your guide on a safari vehicle loaded with your tackle and head up the Chongwe River. The Camp has exclusive rights to Bream fishing on the river and apart from the Elephants behind in the bush you will have the spot to yourselves. The guides will bring bait for you and all one needs to do is sit or stand on the banks and cast out in front, into pools heavily stocked full of Bream.

Enjoy a sun down drink with your rod in Head back to camp via the notorious ‘Leopard spotting tree’ and hope to catch a glimpse of the spectacular cat. Return to camp.

More Information

Health Information: Travellers must note that on entering Zambia immigration, you may be asked to present a vaccination bulletin showing an up to date YELLOW FEVER vaccine. This is now law in Zambia. The Lower Zambezi is a malaria affected area so appropriate prophylaxis is advisable.

Visas: At point of entry into Zambia, you will be required to buy a tourist Visa. A single entry is approx. 50$USD and a doube entry visa is 80$USD.

Clothing: Layers are most practical for the fluctuating day/night temperatures of the Lower Zambezi Valley. Dull and/or neutral colours are more suitable for safari; white is definitely not practical, and black and dark blues can attract tsetse flies. Don’t bring too much – laundry is available in the camp – and there is a strict 15kg limit for baggage on light planes. It is best to pack hardy, durable clothing in a soft bag rather than a suitcase. Soft bags are also essential on light planes.

Climate: Zambia’s elevation on a plateau gives it a moderate to tropical climate with three distinct seasons: December to April is warm and wet, May to August (winter): cool and dry, September to November: hot and dry. Average summer temperatures range from 25 to 35 deg C and winter from 6 to 24 deg C.

Time: Zambia is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, 7 hours ahead of Eastern USA time and 10 hours ahead of Pacific and Western time.

Don’t forget: to bring – cameras and binoculars, plenty of spare film or digital memory, spare camera batteries and recharger. The camp has an inverter, so recharging in the evening from the generator is possible.

Travel Plan

Day 1Flights usually arrive into the airstrip at approx. 2pm and from here it is a 10-15 minute drive to the lodge. Arrive and met by lodge manager who will give you an introduction to the lodge and show you to your rooms. You can opt to relax for the rest of the day, or head straight out onto the water with your private guide and boat.

Day 2:  Fishing every day, starting from 5.30/6am each morning. Arrange times with your private guides throughout the day and choose which parts of the river you wish to fish. Activities are included in your stay and you can choose at any time to have a break from fishing and join a game drive, go canoeing or take your boat for a game cruise on the river until sun down.

Final DayDepart lodge in the morning by jeep to the airstrip, where you will board a small plane back to Lusaka.

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