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“Amazing and Relaxing....” 5 of 5 stars
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Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma
4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Livingstone 0100, Zambia   |  
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Keller, Texas
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40 reviews 40 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
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“Amazing and Relaxing....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012

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.

Room Tip: Room 12 seems to be one that gets good reviews. It has an excellent view. From what we could see, ot...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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Sydney, Australia
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108 reviews 108 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012

We stayed at Sussi and Chuma for three nights in April 2012 and we loved it. The riverside setting is literally waterfront and utterly magnificent. It was the first of four Sanctuary resorts that we stayed at in Zambia and Botswana and we found them all to be excellent.
The greeting was warm and friendly and Arnold went out of his way to ensure that everything was just right. We had two cabins (11 and 12), both at the far end of the property with a beautiful view over the Zambezi river. At night time, you could hear the hippo's calling and thumping around outside, but the huts and walkways are raised reasonably high above the ground, so there's nothing to worry about. (The monkeys are the sneaky ones : ))
The cabins were comfortable and very pleasant, with a large open plan bathroom. The private decks look over the river and are a lovely spot to spend the afternoon reading and relaxing between activities.
Sussi and Chuma is a game lodge, rather than a hotel (such as the Royal Livingstone) and as such, it offers game drives and river safaris, rather than pony rides on the lawns (like the Livingstone. : )) Our travel agent suggested that we would prefer the game lodge rather than the hotel, and she was absolutely right)
Having already had a week of constant game drives in South Africa, we took it a bit easier at Sussi and Chuma and decided to take advantage of the river location and do water safaris. They were fabulous. Excellent game viewing, despite the fact that the river was still in flood and flowing incredibly fast. Elephants were plentiful and it was quite amazing to see them swimming right across the river from Zimbabwe, periscopes up! There were plenty of hippo, the occasional croc and lots of birdlife. If you are an enthusuastic photographer, the sunsets here are simply beautiful.
The lodge itself is comfortable with open air dining and plenty of places to relax. The staff were wonderful and very pleasant throughout our stay. The food was excellent and varied with plenty of local options as well as the standard fare. The chef is a regular visitor at the tables and brings lots of amusing stories and anecdotes with him as well as great meals. He is personality plus and we always looked forward to his visit each evening.
The pool cabana is right on the rivers edge, but raised well above the water and the nearby bar is an excellent place to catch up with other travellers and enjoy a sundowner or two...or three.
Surprisingly, the mozzies weren't too bad here. I would recommend that you wear repellant to dinner though as they do like the lower deck area.
We didn't do any land-based game drives here, but instead chose a few outside activities to amuse the teenagers, such as walking with the lions and an elephant safari, both of which were suprisingly good fun. Of course, a trip to Victoria falls is a must. Its something never to be forgotten (we just dont get that much water in Australia!) but dont forget the raincoats! We followed this with morning tea at the Royal Livingstone (just for curiosity's sake)
Our guide, Elijah was excellent and also accompanied us on a trip to Nakatindi village which is a local village sponsored bySanctuary Resorts - quite an experience for our teenagers, but very enlightening too. A tour of Livingstone was also an interesting experience.
Sussi and Chuma is a very pleasant detour from the standard game camps and is well worth a visit. We will be back again, I'm sure.

Room Tip: 11 and 12 are at the end of the camp, and so are a little way away from the main lodge. Go for lower...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, England, United Kingdom
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

Sussi and Chuma was a magnificent setting right on the mighty Zambezi river. The game viewing was not as abundant as what we had in Botswana, but Sussi and Chuma definitely offered some unique experiences- our first rhino siting, Vic Falls, and a village tour which was an eye opener for our two teen age boys. S&C guides were friendly and knowledgeable and helped us to meet our ambitious itinerary. This was a quiet resort, we often felt we were the only guests.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bethlehem, South Africa
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

An experience of a life time. The setting is beautiful. Room 12 is definitely " a room with a view". The hippos were sleeping next to our room at night.The service was outstanding and the food perfect, even a elephant came for supper. The staff was very well trained, the service excellent and we were greeted by name. The activities were special and seeing the white rhino a bonus. The visit to the village gave us an insight in the way the local people live and I think a must for everybody who visit Sussi & Chuma. The visit to the falls was the highlight of our visit and the falls is totally awesome.
Thank you for everything. We will definetly be back!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Durban
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012

We were absolutely blown away by this river lodge! The setting is beautiful, the service outstanding and the food perfect. The emphasis is on personalised service, and all the staff make an effort to greet you by name from day 1. They went out of their way to ensure that we got to do what WE wanted to do. My husband is a keen birder, and got to go on three personalised birding outings in three days, seeing 97 species. At this time of the year the Zambezi is very full, so the river setting was absolutely beautiful. The Falls were every bit as awesome as we had been led to believe, although the spray tended to hide a lot of the view. Be prepared for a proper soaking. We went to both sides of the falls. We hope to return to this very special place, possibly at a different time of the year to experience the falls when the water level is slightly lower.

Room Tip: All the rooms were lovely.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

It was the best 24 hours in the Livingstone: great room, wonderful personalized service.. complimentary safari and a river trip were unforgettable.

Breakfast was delicious, sw. pool could be bigger, but as there was nobody else around us - it didn't matter much. I guess we were lucky to have a group of hippos on the other side of the river as a perfect view from the pool.

We stayed at the Royal Livingstone the night before (to see the falls) and headed to Botswana to see more animals the day after - the best way to see this part of Africa.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Livingstone, Zambia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2012

I went there for sundowners and the ambience is perfect....service amicable.

The lodge is very tranquil

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma

Address: Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Livingstone 0100, Zambia
Location: Zambia > Southern Province > Livingstone
Amenities:
Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 37 Specialty lodging in Livingstone
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma 4*
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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