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Chundukwa River Lodge

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8/10

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Highlights

- Serene riverside location
- Near to Victoria Falls
- Wide range of activities nearby
- Great value for money

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Overview

Chundukwa River Lodge is a comfortable and competitively priced owner-run property positioned in a serene, accessible location on the banks of the Zambezi River, in southern Zambia’s Livingstone area. The open-fronted accommodation commands stunning views across the river and provides a relaxing base from which to explore the nearby Victoria Falls, with hippos, elephants, crocodiles, and a plethora of stunning birdlife populating the riverbanks. Chundukwa offers excellent value for money, especially given its proximity to the Victoria Falls, and is open all year round.

Set within a classic stone and thatch building, the main area contains a lounge with coffee tables and cushioned seating. Restaurant-style dining is enjoyed beneath the stars on the large deck just outside, though meals can also be taken privately. A campfire and small rock plunge pool add to the cosy feel, and Wi-Fi is available throughout.

The accommodation comprises 5 thatch and stone chalets raised on stilts amidst the riverine forest. The units are open-sided, with protective roll-down canvas blinds for the rainy November to January season. The décor is simple and pleasant, with patterned rugs and beds draped in mosquito nets, and air conditioning and fans which help to alleviate the intense October to November heat. The semi open-air bathrooms are linked to the bedroom via a private deck, all with standard shower facilities, and one with a bath as well. Chundu House is a separate and spacious self-contained unit for private groups of up to six guests, with the option of a private chef and staff. Set apart from the other chalets, this sizeable cottage is equipped with a large veranda, deck, and private pool, one double ensuite bedroom, one double/twin room, an upstairs loft with space for two, and one small children’s bedroom.

Known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya, ‘the Smoke that Thunders’, the spectacular Victoria Falls lie 26km downstream. Beyond enjoying the phenomenal views (do come prepared for the spray!), activities include exploring the baboon-filled cloud forests, or taking afternoon tea at the Victoria Gardens Hotel. Wildlife activities include speciality bird walks and horse riding, with safari options ranging from motorboat and canoe trips, to 4x4 game drives or elephant safaris. Thrill seekers can enjoy white-water rafting, bungee jumping, gorge swinging, and quad biking, and there are gentle cultural visits for those seeking a slower pace. Most activities are paid for locally, and can be organised through the lodge.

With no minimum child age, and a wide variety of exciting activities available nearby, Chundukwa is a great option for families, though some activities may have age restrictions. Chundu House would best suit larger families, and the hotel is happy to fence the private pool when younger children are staying. For a more economical solution for smaller families, two single beds can be added to one of the chalets. Due to Chundukwa’s riverside location, parental supervision is essential at all times.

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Average Rating

based on 501 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    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!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan 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

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

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