- Idyllic river setting
- Perfect location for Victoria Falls
- Wide range of activities
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is an upmarket, boutique lodge in a beautiful waterside setting in southern Zambia, only 12km from the legendary Victoria Falls and the historic town of Livingstone. Named after Dr Livingstone’s loyal friends, the stylish property enjoys a secluded location on the banks of the Zambezi River, in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, and boasts unique tree-house accommodation coupled with easy access to a superb range of activities including gentle water-based excursions, cultural visits, and thrilling adrenaline sports. The area boasts diverse bird and wildlife, including hippo, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, crocodile, baboon, and wild dog.
The distinctive main building features a raised thatched ceiling and contemporary decor. Guest areas include a split-level lounge, bar and wine cellar, open air dining area, and souvenir shop. Outside is a stylish decked terrace and an inviting swimming pool with superb views. The lodge has a riverside spa, where guests can enjoy organic beauty treatments. Cuisine is excellent, with a varied, three course menu, and private dining can be arranged.
Activities include game drives, walking safaris with extremely knowledgeable guides, Zambezi canoeing excursions, and visits to the renowned Victoria Falls. Sundowner river cruises, catch and release fishing, and visits to the local Nakatindi community are also available. Subject to additional cost, adrenalin seekers can partake in white water rafting, and enjoy a breath-taking helicopter flight over Victoria Falls. Excursions across the border to the Zimbabwe side of the Falls are possible, and to the World Heritage Site of Livingstone Island.
The lodge’s accommodation comprises 12 unique tree houses, built into the canopy of towering ebony trees and connected by wooden aerial walkways. Each air conditioned unit has a bedroom and ensuite bathroom with freestanding bathtub and separate shower, plus mini-bar, mosquito net and fan. Outside is a private veranda with spectacular views of the tumbling Zambezi River.
Two private ‘Chuma’ houses are additionally available. Each ensuite unit has two bedrooms plus a spacious dining area and lounge. Outside is a private deck with a plunge pool. Dedicated staff and a private chef are included.
Children of all ages are welcome, with discounts for under 12s. The two Chuma houses are ideal for families with little ones, whilst the tree houses are suitable for children age nine and over, sharing with an adult. Child menus, earlier evening mealtimes and babysitting are available. Activities for young guests include game drives, campfire story time, arts and crafts, and local school visits. Note that participation in game drives for children under five years of age is at the discretion of the lodge manager, and subject to families booking a private vehicle, at extra cost. Under 12s may participate in game drives, at the manager’s discretion. There is a minimum age restriction of 12 years for walking safaris and 15 years for canoeing and white water rafting.
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma offers an upmarket stay in a superb riverside setting, with convenient access to a fantastic range of activities and the world renowned Victoria Falls.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019