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Chundukwa River Lodge
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Reviewed 10 September 2017

From the moment we were greeted by Alex and Alison, to the time we were farewelled by Gail and Amos, we felt like we were treated like royalty. This is such a special place. Each chalet is tucked away along the banks of The Zambezi. All superbly appointed, spotlessly clean and eco friendly. The food, service and sunset/sunrise cruises were excellent. Hopefully it won't be too long before we go back to this slice of heaven.

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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Chundukwa, Owner at Chundukwa River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2017

Thank you, Lorraine, for sharing your experiences of Chundukwa on Tripadviser. Apart from seeing the falls, those sunset cruises are just magical with each day presenting a different light and ambience not to mention the surprise of which animals will be coming down to drink on that day. We look forward to having you back in the not too distant future. Our best regards Doug, Gail and Alison

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Reviewed 30 August 2017

This was our first stay at Chundukwa but hopefully not our last.

The lodge is in a beautiful setting overlooking the Zambezi. Most of the rooms are built on decks on the banks and there is an option to have the room open to the river or to close with roll down blinds.

We took most of our meals at the lodge restaurant and the food was excellent. Gail and her team went out of her way to make sure the meals were to our liking.

There were many suggestions of activities and places to go in the brochure in the room. We decided on a sunrise boat trip early one morning and also had a picnic lunch on the river bank.

One morning we booked a fishing trip and a boat came to collect us to try some fishing.

The lodge is 30 mins from Livingstone and the team can arrange for a taxi to come and pick you up to go and see the falls and spend time browsing the souvenir stalls.

On our boat trips we saw plenty of birds. The game was on the south side of the river in the Zim game park. We saw elephants in the early evening.

The level of service is very good. Our washing was done in a day so we have clean clothes for the next part of our trip.

Gail and Doug are very hands on in the lodge and are there most evenings to check on their guests and have a chat around the fire pit.

We will certainly plan another trip this way.

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Michelle C
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Chundukwa, Owner at Chundukwa River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

Dear Michelle, We hope you will be back next year to put your feet up and relax on the banks of the Mighty Zambezi. We appreciate your feedback being hands on, it means alot to us. Our best wishes

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Reviewed 5 August 2017

A very nice family lodge with great hospitality and amazing staff, ideal if you are looking for a place to relax in an intimate, homely atmosphere. The rooms are nice and well-equipped, overlooking the river. However, it tends to be very very cold in the evening, during the night and early in the morning. There are also occasional power cuts so you may run out of hot water or won't be able to use Internet. Food and meals are amazing. The sunset cruise on the Zambezi was also very nice.
However, we find this accomodation way over-priced for the level of service and accomodation you actually get. Despite an extremely high price for a very basic level of service (compared to other hotels in the area), they even charge extra for the use of internet which later proved to be unreliable and almost impossible to use due to poor signal and common power cuts. Other services such as the hotel taxi to the falls or Livingstone were also very expensive.
Although it was a nice experience sleeping in the open next to the river, we feel that this is not good value for money. If we could choose again, we would have booked a cheaper hotel with a higher level of service and comfort.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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Thank yalla134
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Chundukwa, Owner at Chundukwa River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2017

Dear yalla134

Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We sincerely appreciate hearing from our guests as it gives us the opportunity to grow and improve our services where needed. First of all great to hear you enjoyed our hospitality and the staff. And that you liked the rooms and felt they were well equipped.

Yes, evenings and mornings on the river are chilly during our winter months of May-mid August – we find that the electric heating blankets we have on every bed are a must, along with local ‘mbaula’ braziers in the dining area, a massive fire at night to 'cosy up' to under the stars and blankets on the chairs both mornings and evenings. (Every room also has spare heavy cotton blankets for optional use)

As you experienced, Internet connectivity in our area isn’t great – an issue we deal with on a daily basis in Zambia! Internet access is available in the main lodge area, and is most of the time sufficient for sending emails, whatsapps etc, though uploads and downloads will be rather slow and timely, and hence we charge a nominal flat rate per room should our guests wish to be connected.

Similarly power-cuts are also a reality. Hence we have back up’ Inverters’ in every room, so guests still have power in their rooms. We are so sorry to hear that you had a problem with the hot water and if we had only known we could have remedied this for you right away.

With reference to transfers we are situated 25km from Livingstone centre – and about 35km from Victoria Falls. Many guests opt for our ‘Fully Inclusive’ package which includes a driver/guide and vehicle for a full day – to visit Livingstone town, the Falls and any other attractions or activities in the area. Alternatively, private transfers can be arranged from here.

Thanks again for sharing your experiences of your time with us on the Zambezi, we hope that overall you have fond memories.

Our best wishes

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Reviewed 28 July 2017

For my husband and I this was our third trip to Livingstone. If you want the character of Tongabezi coupled with the service of the Royal Livingstone...this is the place. Loved every minute. Gail and Doug offer highly personalized service and insight that is invaluable. Accommodations are first rate 'authentic African' they helped us make every minute of our trip valuable. We were traveling with our daughters ages 20 and 16; it was their first African experience. They took care of all of our arrangements including: white water rafting, white rhino safari walk, hike at the falls and tour of the town. The meals were prepared on our schedule and were delicious. Loved the staff and their stables. The highlight of our trip.

Stayed: June 2017
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Chundukwa, Owner at Chundukwa River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2017

Thank you! It is this type of feedback which keeps excited and inspired to do more. Especially that you have visited the area before and stayed in more upmarket lodges and hotels on previous visits! Chundukwa is owner run and so we have the freedom to treat each one of our guests as our own. Flexibility around meals and what you want to do with your valuable time is important to us and you don't have to pay a fortune to feel special. Our stable yard is very busy these days, with guests doing horse trails, riders from the Polo Crosse community practicing in the afternoon and of course Doug training horses. We are glad you were able to join us for a walk around to meet the horses and have a bit of a farm yard experience, plus meet some of the locals from the area. We hope you will be make it back here someday again. Our best wishes to you and the girls.

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Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

When we arrived at this gem of a Lodge we had no idea what a treat we were in for.
The beautiful setting, the unique rooms, the amazing hospitality by Gail and Doug and their team and the animal viewing down the Zambizi River were as memorable as it gets. And the food was the best we had throughout our holiday

Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
Thank Emma A
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Chundukwa, Owner at Chundukwa River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

Dear Emma thank you for your kind feedback. We have had fantastic game viewing on the river this year...a pride of 11 lion, herds of elephant, one lone hyena, a large herd of buffalo seen last week and of course loads of hippo and an alarming amount of crocodiles! We hope you will be back one day for more treats and special sunsets. 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 #9 of 91 Speciality Lodging in Livingstone
Price Range: HK$3,154 - HK$11,227 (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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