Some of the South Luangwa Valley’s best wildlife sightings—elephants showering in the river, baboons swinging from trees, giraffes gently bending for a sip of water—can be had without ever leaving your room at the new Chinzombo Camp. Debuted in June along the Luangwa River, the six-villa camp offers direct access to the area’s wide array of creatures—and to a host of creature comforts unprecedented in this remote region of Zambia.
Encased in minimalist steel frames, Chinzombo’s canvas accommodations offer a modern look rarely seen in the Zambian bush. Each villa-style tent features a plunge pool, a spacious bathroom, and a restful lounge area furnished with leather chairs and an old steamer trunk that doubles as a coffee table. Writing desks made of recycled wood overlook the river, and Natal mahogany trees sprout through holes in the timber floors.
Chinzombo’s main attractions are the twice-daily game drives and walking safaristhrough its private 60-acre parcel and the adjacent South Luangwa National Park. Post-safari, guests can indulge in a spa treatment before enjoying sundowners in a pavilion lounge filled with vintage safari photos. Chinzombo Camp, +260.216.246.025, www.normancarrsafaris.com