If Karen Blixen had lived in the 21st century, Chizombo could very well be the set of Out of Africa. Anchored on the banks of Luangwa River, the newly opened Norman Carr property echoes to the prestigious legacy of Sir Norman Carr himself! Born in the town of Chinde at the mouth of the Zambezi River in 1912, then sent to Britain to complete his education, the conservationist returned to his homeland at 17 and soon became a known hunter with the company of his two tamed lion-pets! Gradually involved with the preservation of his beloved Luangwa Valley, his name entered history when he founded national parks in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe in the 1950s and 1960s.
Today, his namesake company operates high-end safari camps were heritage and modernity collude. Renovated by the prominent South African architects Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, Chinzombo Camp offers an upscale vision of the safari lodge on the very site where Normann Carr lived during the rainy season. Also passionate about African culture, Rech &; Carstens drew inspiration from traditional Zambian dwellings and locally made canvas walls, reclaimed wood flooring and earthenware fittings. “Our intention was to push the boundaries of bush camp architecture,” Rech explains, “refining the form down to its most essential elements.” Set on a bend in the river, the six villas appear to float over the peaceful landscape.
by Clara Le Fort
© Courtesy Norman Carr Safaris