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“Relaxed Comfort at the edge of the Zambezi”

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Chundukwa River Lodge
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Reviewed 16 February 2017

Owner-run has transformed this unique lodge from lovely to superb. We have enjoyed a number of visits to Chundukwa in the past, but our most recent visit was especially memorable, now that Gail & Doug have taken over running of the lodge and added their special touch.

Gail excels in the quiet way she interacts with guests with her knowledge of Zambia and, those lucky enough to stay a few days, experience the Zambezi River in a unique way. It is rather difficult to describe, other than a good balance of being close to nature and at the same time having the comfort of a well-run intimate lodge. Comparing value for money, Chundukwa is an amazing option.

Gail is extremely helpful with organizing activities along the Zambezi and transfers to and from the lodge for any of these. One gets the feeling that the Zambezi is her heaven and she loves to help people experience it for themselves.

The relaxed comfort and being close to nature in the individual en-suite, open-fronted chalets that nestle in the riverine forest at the very edge of the water, is an experience not often found in other places. With full nets that have walking space around the beds, one is well protected from mosquitos and there are fans in each chalet for summer nights. Raised above the edge of the river on wooden stilts and with uninterrupted views due to the design of each chalet, one can gaze across the vast, restful expanse of the Zambezi from ones bed, listening to the dawn chorus of the varied birds and hearing hippo snorts echo across the river. It’s a thrill to hear hippo as they launch themselves back into the water with a splash and a grunt in the early hours of the morning.

All the meals at Chundukwa were absolutely delicious, well presented and made with the freshest of ingredients sourced locally and served with care at the edge of the river or in the open-sided dining area with full view of the river.

For a keen birder, as I am, it is a delight to have such unusually frequent sightings of the shy African Finfoot as he or she glides gracefully in and out of the reed beds below the chalets and often silently out into the open water. It is here, that I witnessed the bird propelling itself vertically out of the water to snatch at tasty spiders hanging from low branches and then flop back to the water, sounding like a fish jumping – quite incredible.

The informal garden of ponds and lawns and the small plunge pool are relaxing places to unwind, listen to nature and cool down or read a book after a day of sightseeing. It is here that I have had amazing bird sightings: a pair of Pell’s Fishing Owls spent a day in one of the tall trees above the lawn, numerous Orange Breasted Shrike families flitting and calling in the trees above the ponds and a nesting Paradise Fly Catcher, amongst many other wonderful birds.

An ideal way to end the day at Chundukwa, is by taking the evening sunset cruise which often includes getting close to the opposite side of the river. One often finds crocodiles and shore birds on the banks or can get closer to hippo pods. As the sun sinks and the sky turns red, the small 4 to 6-seater boat stops in a tranquil place. Wine is poured, beers are cracked and another Zambezi sunset calms the mind and ends an awesome day as the boat glides back to the lodge just before dusk.

Being a small intimate lodge close to nature, this place is good for the soul.

Room Tip: Each chalet has wonderful river views.
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  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled with family
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Chundukwa, Owner at Chundukwa River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2017

Thank you for sharing our little piece of heaven with us and indeed for translating your experiences into words so elegantly. Being in nature and on a river....comfortably, is what we are about and are privileged to share. Thank you for coming and we hope to see you again soon. Best wishes from all of us.

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Reviewed 3 February 2017

We were met outside the Livingston Airport by our driver who took us to Chundukwa River Lodge in Zambia. The lodge was far more than we expected from their main web page picture. Our accommodations were resplendent as we picture an African lodge would look like. The lodge was immaculate with very polite and accommodating staff. Our lodge was on stilts over the mighty Zambezi River, the river that flows over Victoria Falls. The owners, Doug and Gale, were welcoming, attentive, and gracious. They made sure our stay was we anticipated. On the sunset river cruise, we saw an unexpected variety of wild animals; hippopotamus, alligators, wart hogs, and many birds. The sunset along the river on our boat was spectacular. We stayed two fantastic nights drinking sparkling wine looking out over our open air lodge listening and watching hippos pass underneath. We liked it so much we are thinking of booking another trip in the future.

Chundukwa is very convenient place to stay not far from Victoria Falls. If we had not gone to both the Zambia and Zimbabwe side of Victoria Falls, we would have missed a spectacle. The Zambian side was clear with many drops (there wasn’t a shear wall of water because of the time of the year). There were dozens of stunning falls coming down off the might Zambezi. Though we hesitated about crossing the border to Zimbabwe in order to see the other side of the falls, we were glad we did. (Luckily we had received visas for both Zambia and Zimbabwe which made the crossing less expensive.) We experienced the full force of the falls when we were drenched by the upward spray coming from the crashing of the falls on the rocks below. This is truly one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

We added an optional trip to see the white (wide nose) rhinos which are guarded 24/7 by Zambian park rangers who carry AK 47 to guard against poachers. Our guide made the arrangements to meet the rangers who then took us on foot within 10 yards of the grazing behemoths. We were so close we could almost touch them. This was our first up close and personal experience with the wild beasts.

Room Tip: All the lodges are over the Zambezi River with great views of wild life and stunning landscapes
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  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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Gail K, Owner at Chundukwa River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2017

It just goes to show that staying in a 'bush lodge' for the first time does not have to be a scary and daunting experience, especially if it is your first time to Africa. The rooms are designed in such a way that the large walk in mosquito nets act as a formiddable barrier for insects and then you get to enjoy that wonderful feeling of sleeping close to the stars in our open fronted chalets on stilts.
It is easy to view both the Zambian and Zimbabwean sides of the falls these days as there is a new visa called the KAZA visa available when you arrive in the country for $50. This allows you to cross the boarders without having to fork out additional funds. We always recommend that you get this visa as it is really worth while seeing the full extent of the falls if you can. Plus it is a wonderful experience to spend the day walking, exploring, chatting to the locals, visiting the markets and simply having the freedom to enjoy Africa at its best.
We are thrilled that you love Chundukwa and sincerely hope that you will make it back this way one day. With fond memories of your stay. Best regards Doug and Gail

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Reviewed 13 January 2017

We spent the most amazing magical 3 nights at Chundukwa and wish we could have stayed longer!
The owners Gail and Doug are charming, attentive hosts and committed conservationists who kept our teenagers enthralled with their tales from the bush. They made us feel so welcome that it felt like we were visiting favourite family members.
We stayed in the Chundu Cottage which was perfect for a family of 5 or 6. The rooms were beautiful and spacious and the setting right on the banks of the Zambezi was spectacular. Amos was our friendly and attentive waiter who looked after all our needs while we were in the cottage. We ate our lunch and dinner on the patio outside of our cottage. All the food was delicious and beautifully presented.
On the final night Gail organised a surprise dinner down on the banks of the river with candles surrounding our beautifully laid table - such a treat and typified how thoughtful all the staff at Chundukwa are.
They arranged the airport transfers and a guide for the day to take us to the falls. If needed they can organise or advise on helicopter trips, rafting etc and you know that they will book you with the best and most reliable companies.
I really can't recommend Chundukwa River Lodge highly enough and we can't wait to go back.
You must go if you are visiting the beautiful Victoria Falls!

Stayed: December 2016
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Gail K, Owner at Chundukwa River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2017

Three days did indeed go so very fast and it felt more like you could have enjoyed at least another 2 days. At least the kids could have had more time to swim in the swimming pool! We loved having you and it was a true delight to create a magical African night with lanterns and a big fire to accompany your dinner on the banks of the Zambezi River. We hope you will be back soon. Best regards Doug and Gail and the team!

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Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

How to describe Chundukwa ... we were in the middle of our African adventure when we arrived, filled with adrenaline and ready to do and see as much as we could cram in. After only 4 days we were not only calm and rested but we really felt like finally connected with this beautiful continent.

Gail and Doug have built a place which exudes their love for Africa and it engulfs everything at Chundukwa. Their lovely spot by the river is a great place to not only explore Livingston and the falls but is also a great spot to be one with nature. We woke up to birds chirping by the river and ended every night with lovely conversations by the fire with Gail, Doug and the other guests staying at Chundukwa - a truly priceless experience.

Words cannot describe how special this place is.

As for practicalities, the set up at Chundukwa is small and cozy. The rooms and meals were incredible. Only a drive away from Livingston town and the falls - wouldn't recommend anywhere else.

Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
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Gail K, Owner at Chundukwa River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2017

How to describe the day you arrived to the day you departed - before and after! It really is true that we tend to want to fill our days from beginning to end with activities and yet Africa is not always known in the 'doing' but rather in the 'being'. Spending time on the river, at the falls, slowing down and absorbing the sounds, smells and sights. Enjoying marshmallows around the fire with fellow travellers and sharing memorable stories. We are so pleased you were able to allow yourselves time to 'slow down' and simply absorb the beauty of Africa. There is definitely an afterglow of such holiday. We wish you all a fantastic year and hope that one day you will return for a little more African respite! Our fond wishes, Doug and Gail

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Reviewed 31 October 2016

Loved the lodge and people. Our room overlooking the banks of the Zambezi River was amazing, we were in cabin 1 and loved our view. Listening to the animals day and night was beyond words. The owners were very knowledgable and helpful and the staff were excellent. (Thank you Amos you were awesome). The food was excellent, very well presented and they were able to work around my allergies (Celiac). The grounds were very well maintained and the lodge offered many options of the things to do. They have their own horses which we didn't utilize but will definitely when we go back. We did an sunrise river boat ride which we all totally loved.

Room Tip: All rooms have a wonderful veiw of the Zambezi River. Cabin 1 has an open bathroom and shower area...
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  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled with friends
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Gail K, Owner at Chundukwa River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2017

Thank you so much for your review. The staff were delighted in reading your feedback with smiles all around. We are delighted that you loved our food and were able to support your special dietry needs. We hope one day you will be back to have that horse ride! Our best wishes.

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Additional Information about Chundukwa River Lodge

Address: Kazungula Road, Livingstone 20100, Zambia (Formerly Chundukwa Tree Lodge)
Region: Zambia > Southern Province > Livingstone
Amenities:
Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 91 Speciality Lodging in Livingstone
Price Range: HK$3,187 - HK$11,225 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chundukwa River Lodge is an African Bush Lodge built on stilts overlooking the Zambezi river. It is beautifully situated with panoramic views of the river - upstream from the Victoria Falls. Offering the best of both worlds - only 30 min from the falls and far enough from Livingstone town to be away from the noise of helicopters and traffic. Essentially perfect for nature and bird lovers and for those who simply want to absorb the best of Africa. There are flights from Johannesburg and Lusaka every day and easy road access from Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. Our private thatched cottage is perfect for those wanting to enjoy a home on the Zambezi. It has 1 double en-suite bedroom, 1 double/twin bedroom and one child's bedroom, a second bathroom, an open plan lounge/kitchen area, shaded patio, deck and rock splash pool. The cottage comes fully staffed with a personal,waiter and house-keeper. ... more   less 
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