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Safari luxury at Chinzombo Zambia

The Property Addict / Travel

Jun 01 2017

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Zambia, that little nugget of a land-locked African nation, is where you'll unearth one of Africa's most sophisticated, off-the-beaten-track safari experiences. Chinzombo safari camp, spread over 60 acres of private land on the banks of the Luangwa River, is the most sumptuous glamping experience you'll find in Zambia and the perfect spot in which to reconnect with yourself and the wilderness. In its fourth year of operation, Chinzombo has been fastidiously designed by award-winning architects Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens. Leather, raw timber and linen give an understatedly luxurious feel to the six villas, which are shaded by ancient msikzi trees. Villas also feature grass and canvas walls, cooled sleeping areas, large bathrooms with freestanding tubs, and private pools and outdoor lounge areas from which you can watch the abundant wildlife pass you by. Ideal for those who like the idea of being at one with the great outdoors, but can't imagine life without a hot bath and a glass of champagne. Time + Tide - Norman Carr Safaris - CHINZOMBO17-21 The highlight of a stay at Chinzombo, though, is exploring the wilderness with their outstanding local guides. Waking to a dawn alarm call of screeching vervet monkeys and heading out on a sunrise game drive or walk, you may get as lucky as this travel writer and witness a tussle between 14 female lions and a young elephant " with the elephant shocking everyone by coming out on top. You may also spy a pack of elusive wild dogs (the second most endangered species in Africa), a group of lumbering elephants, or zebra and impala jumping through the tall grasses. Each outing offers astounding surprises, in this corner of the world that throbs with animal activity. Time + Tide - Norman Carr Safaris - CHINZOMBO17-3 After a long lunch and afternoon siesta, you'll hop back into your Jeep and your guides will track down more wildlife for you " perhaps some hyenas, hippos or, if you're very lucky, a leopard or two. The highlight of your safari experience, though, will likely be pulling up in the middle of the bush for a sundowner G&T as you simply stop, sit and bask in the flaming brilliance of an African sunset. Time + Tide - Norman Carr Safaris - CHINZOMBO17-29 Time + Tide - Norman Carr Safaris - CHINZOMBO17-33 From AUD$5,300 for a four-day package on a fully inclusive basis. Safari season runs from June 1 to October 31. See normancarrsafaris.com/camps/chinzombo. How to Get There: Emirates flies daily from Sydney and Melbourne to Lusaka, Zambia, stopping over in Dubai. Regional flights are through the local carrier, Proflights. See emirates.com. by Nina Karnikowski Save

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