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Chundukwa River Lodge
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Reviewed 6 October 2017

Chundukwa was the perfect way to end our 10 day trip of South Africa and Zambia. None of the pictures do any justice to the peace and calm of this place. Gail, Allison and the entire staff is very welcoming and attentive to the needs of the guests. The food is fantastic...home grown veggies and home-cooked meals..added to the warmth of this lodge. Wish we could have spent more time here.
The chalets are on the river, open to the sights and sounds of the river Zambezi. The rooms were spotless and very comfortable. Allison and Gail were in touch with us almost 2 months before our arrival, keeping us informed about what activities were available and how we could best use our time. Upon arrival to the lodge, more details were shared, making the transfers, pickups, drop-offs , what to expect at the border crossings in Zimbabwe and Botswana all seem easy. Our group of nine chose to do various activities like Devil's Pool at Victoria Falls, Chobe River Safari, village visits and many more. By day we enjoyed the activities and came back to the cozy lodge in the evenings, enjoying the drinks and delicious meals. They packed picnic lunch for us, while paying careful attention to the diet restrictions and allergies. A unforgettable celebration complete with Nshima ( bush meal) was arranged the night before we left, with the staff showing us and guiding us about the customs and food preparation. It was hard to leave. Thanks Gail, Allison and the entire staff for your thoughtfulness and making our entire vacation the best ever. Pray I for one will return here someday.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with friends
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Thank Rita1959_02
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Chundukwa, Owner at Chundukwa River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2017

Thank you Rita for bringing your lovely friends and then sharing your lovely thoughts about Chundukwa. The lodge is an ideal place for friends and family to gather and holiday together because of its intimate atmosphere. We love making people feel at home and were thrilled that we could pre-arrange all your activities according to your individual needs prior to your visit with us. Usually, we take the time sit down with each party on arrival or beforehand by email and listen to how best they want to spend their time with us. With there being so many different activities available in the Livingstone area it can be quite overwhelming. We are able to get a good sense of how to pace your stay with us so as not to feel rushed whilst still getting the most out of your time here. We for one, hope you will be back with us again. Our very best wishes to you all!

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Reviewed 5 October 2017

This wonderful spot offered all that we were looking for and more at the end of a fantastic three weeks in Southern Africa. Gael an Doug were charming hosts seeing that all our comforts and interests were taken care of. The food was superb and the service from Alex and Henry was first class. We had the good fortune of seeing lion on one of our inclusive sunset trips and elephant in the Park on our way to the magnificent
Victoria Falls. Riding and watching polo were additional unexpected highlights.
Cannot wait to return.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled with friends
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Chundukwa, Owner at Chundukwa River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2017

Gathering together with friends in our Chundu Cottage, with dinners under the stars on the banks of the Zambezi River...we only wish you could have stayed longer :-) It was our pleasure to host you all the way from Northern Island ! Henry and Alex are delighted to read your feedback as they take great pride in being able to serve our guests well. Our best wishes and looking forward to your speedy return.

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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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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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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$11,225 (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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