Chinzombo sits on the banks of the Luangwa River, snug beneath a protective canopy of trees, on the site of an earlier, simple camp (of the same name) built by Norman Carr in the 1970s. Its successor is very different. Designed by two of the safari industry’s leading designer/architects, this camp is a ‘first’ for Zambia in terms of its sheer opulence and very clean, contemporary style.
Most of the materials were sourced in South Africa, where they were loaded onto trucks before being assembled in Zambia, flatpack-style, by 75 village workers. The pale decking is made from reconstituted timber that’s both water- and termite-resistant, and the whole lot can be taken down and recycled without leaving a trace.
Chinzombo is a beautiful and comfortable camp. The beds are cooled by a revolutionary, eco-friendly air-conditioning system, and there are carefully chosen books and cutlery and glasses, and big sofas covered in loose, natural fabrics.
This National Park, as the name suggests, is the southernmost of the country’s parks, lying in the valley of the Luangwa River. Covered in woodlands and savannahs, the park is most famous for its predators, as well as giraffe, hippo and zebra.