Recommended by our son who honeymooned here, we decided to commence our Zambian tour at Chundukwa. What a good choice we made.
Although we lived in Africa for many years we found this charming small lodge to have the sort of peace and tranquility that is so sadly missing in many modern day resorts and lodges.
Previous postings on Tripadvisor cover all the superlatives, and they are not exaggerated.
The rooms are exceptional and evidently the only ones on the Zambezi that have open windows so you can see and hear all the water activity all through the night in the comfort and security of a 5 star stilted bedroom over the river. Mosquito nets , which are in good condition, keep you free of bugs.
Excellent food, good housekeeping, friendly staff, and knowlegible guides for land or water based wildlife watching are all here but what is difficult to adequately describe is the general tenor and ethos of Chundukwa.
The lodge is privately owned and run and our host Gail (her partner Doug was away at the time of our visit) exudes a warmth towards all her guests that is infectious and it permeates through all the staff. She is more than just an expert in wildlife, it is her life. Sitting around the fire with her and other guests after supper was one of the great joys of our entire holiday listening to and discussing so many different strands of wildlife and game conservancy.
Evidently Chundukwa has a very high level of repeat business which is not surprising. It attracts all ages of clientele.
There was not a lot of game around the lodge during our visit, but we did go to see the white rhinos nearby as well as seeing hippos and crocs in the river. Also we heard lion and saw other game on the Zimbabwe side of the river. Being the tail end of the rainy season meant that little game came through the lodge to the water but this changes as the dry season progresses.
This is the place to stay if you want to relax in good company in a tranquil idyllic riverside spot within close distance of Victoria Falls.
There is nothing we would change at Chundukwa. A perfect start to our holiday.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Chundukwa River Hotel Livingstone