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Chongwe River House is situated on the banks of the Lower Zambezi River and is one of Southern Africa's most spectacular and unique private homes.

The house is situated approximately 1 km from Chongwe River Camp. The entire house is built of ferro walls and wild wood so that the walls follow the natural lines of the branches used.

The location of Chongwe River House is at the end of a massive winterthorn grove, on the banks of the peaceful Chongwe River, a tributary of the Zambezi River. The view of the nearby mountainous escarpment is spectacular. From the main room you look out over the deck and pool to the river and mountains beyond.

All the furniture in the sitting room has been carved from a single huge fallen winterthorn tree, as if it has fallen across the room. Beautifully soft coloured pebbles from the Chongwe River have been embedded in the ceilings.

The ground floor bedrooms are each entered through a tunnel which gives the feeling of walking through a cave. The curved entrance gives privacy without the need for doors. The downstairs bathrooms have water pouring out of the stone ceiling instead of the normal shower rose, whilst the upstairs showers are waterfalls.

Taps are made from bone and wood and the exquisitely carved basins have been carved out of wood and white marble by the famous Zambian artist, Eddie Mumba. The upstairs bedrooms have unusual baths, from which guests have views across the bush.

The Chongwe area is famous for huge male elephants feeding through the winterthorn grove in which the house is situated and this amazing game experience is enhanced by the fact the Chongwe River itself it the main water source for most of the game in the area. From the bedrooms, the sitting room and the deck you will have game in view, feeding and watering.

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