Sussi & Chuma was our first stop in Africa before heading to South Africa.
We dived right into our itinerary even though we had been traveling for two days. We started with a River Cruise and a visit to Nakatindi.
The River Cruise offered us a wonderful lesson on Zambia, the river and the wildlife around the beautiful wildlife sanctuary of Sussi and Chuma. The border between Zimbabwe and Zambia IS the Zambezi River. On our cruise we saw many elephants on their trek across the river. We were there during an especially high water time so this was amazing to see, especially with baby elephants.
Nakatindi School is one of the philanthropic efforts of S&C. It was fascinating to go to the school and surrounding village after our Cruise. Do not miss the opportunity to do this tour - I had read before going to Livingstone that this was available to do and it is truly not to be missed! Do not stop at just seeing the school; have your guide walk you through the village as well. Our guide was Luckson and he was unbelievable.
At Sussi and Chuma there are 8 individual units, all are tree house like suites. Number 12, our room, was beautiful– bed surrounded by mosquito netting and the villa surrounded by windows on the inside and decking on the outside. The view was spectacular – looking out over the Zambezi River.
Our S&C guide, Luckson, also took us to Victoria Falls for our walking tour and it could not have been a better tour! He was wonderful; the site cannot be described (although he did it beautifully) and we were mesmerized.
Every time we came and went from Sussi and Chuma, the staff was so friendly. The food was great. We could eat at any time that was convenient for us. On the last morning, my husband had scheduled a Micro flight over the Falls and he had to leave very early. They had the breakfast staff meet us early so we could eat before he had to leave.
Every person was so accommodating.
We also took the time to visit the Maramba Market. This was akin to an outdoor flea market. There were people with their goods on tables to sell – largely food items but there was some clothing, personal items, and even some furniture. The food was the most prevalent and centered around fish but there was also bags of ground corn flour (maize), which we were told is a staple of just about all food things cooked locally.
S&C made us a lunch because we had to leave for a noon flight and when the van came to pick us up, the staff members gathered around singing a farewell song.
We were just in love with every bit of this stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is named after explorer David Livingstone's two faithful companions who carried his body all the way back to England from where he died in Zambia. The lodge itself is an exclusive haven in the heart of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, which in addition to the mighty roar of the Victoria Falls, also boasts a wide variety of game as well as countless opportunities for adventure. The main lodge is built on two levels, perched in giant ebony trees overlooking the Zambezi. Guests can relax in the swimming pool or the treatment room, or enjoy a drink in the elevated bar. In terms of accommodation there are twelve air-conditioned tree houses, connected by wooden walkways. Each tree house enjoys superb views over the river and is an open plan room with shower, bathtub, vanity area and private toilet. In addition, there are two private houses available, each with two bedrooms, their own dining areas and decks with plunge pools, and their own chefs and house staff. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma Hotel Livingstone
- Sanctuary Sussi And Chuma