The most southerly border of Zambia is marked by the fourth-longest river in Africa: the mighty Zambezi. On its banks, just 15 miles from the magnificent Victoria Falls, lies Chundukwa River Lodge. This small, intimate boutique lodge offers travellers and nature-lovers an opportunity to experience the Zambezi from the comfort of unique open-fronted chalets.
The lodge comprises five of these open-fronted thatched chalets with canvas blinds, each boasting panoramic views. Nestled into the riverrine forest, at the very edge of the water, Chundukwa offers an experience not often found in other places.
Full nets that provide walking space around the beds allow for plenty of protection from mosquitos, while fans in each chalet help create a cool sanctuary on hot summer nights. Raised above the edge of the river on wooden stilts, the chalets offer uninterrupted views, allowing guests to marvel at the vast expanse of the Zambezi while listening to the dawn chorus
of the varied birds and hearing hippo snorts echo across the river.
All the meals at Chundukwa are home-cooked and made with fresh local ingredients. Guests can tuck into meals in the open-sided dining area, which enjoys a full view of the river.
The lodge offers a perfect retreat from the fast pace of modern life — and excursions are available for those wanting to keep their pulses racing. Thrill-seekers can test their mettle in a host of ways, from whitewater rafting and bungee jumping to having lunch with elephants, while calmer activities include walking safaris, game drives and birdwatching. Chundukwa has the oldest horse-trailing facility in Livingstone, with horses suitable for riders of all skill level; visitors can saddle-up and enjoy a horse-riding journey through the bush.
The town of Livingstone is just half an hour’s drive away, and is the perfect spot for a day’s exploring with a private vehicle and guide.
The owners, who are both originally from Zambia, have a wealth of local knowledge that they’re more than happy to share, guaranteeing a truly authentic, memorable experience.
Need to know
• Five chalets on stilts
• One family house
• Two plunge pools
• Horse-riding facilities
• Natural gardens and lagoons
• Boat cruises
• Trips to Victoria Falls
• Game drives
• Walking safaris
• Village walks
• Community school