We initially wanted to do our last night camping in Livingstone (coming out of Kafue and after a long boring 5 hour drive), we first went to see Maramba campsite (they told us themselves that they needed to redo the campsite, which is true!) and then went to see the waterfront campsite, which was full of overlanders, so not really what we were looking for as a last night camping ..
So we decided, based on nostalgia, to go and check out Sussi&Chuma (as we stayed in this place when visiting a few years ago for the first time Zambia). Once arrived we asked for a walk-in rate for 1 night and they had a room available (later on, there was some misunderstanding on the agreed rate, but this was handled smoothly by the very friendly lodge managers.)
By coincidence we got exactely the same room as last time, still having an amazing view on the Zambezi river,. The room itself has every luxury you can imagine ..
As being late in the afternoon, we quickly went for a dip in their pool (what a view !) and then went for a boat trip, nice, dinner was excellent, really very good kitchen and everything is done to make you feel special (eg wines are served out of bottles, not the usual 'boxes'), the atmosphere in the evening is magical !
A bit odd is that staff in the evening is on the walkways to make sure you don't have a sudden encouter with some nightly visitors.. we came in from camping, so this felt a bit weird (you're on wooden walkways at least 2m from ground level ..?) Also, if to give one remark is that staff is doing so much their best, it becomes sometimes a bit of 'too much'..
Early morning breakfast is again a real treat, we went to see the falls, quite dry at this time of the year, (last time we came by, we saw the opposite) , only remark is that we didn't really needed a guide for this as he was no real added value .
Anyway, great (short) stay again, if you're looking for a real top luxury lodge with all the frills and things in Livingstone (and ready to pay the price), we can for sure recommend this one .
- 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 And Chuma
- Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma Hotel Livingstone