We booked 4 nights at Chundukwa River Lodge and were very pleased with our stay. Although the Lodge is remote from town ( about 25-30 min) That's also a plus. There was no hustle or bustle from the city or the relentless sound of helicopters overhead. At night, we fell asleep to the sounds of hippos asserting their territory in the river below us, or the occasional dog barking in the distance. They say some elephants trek through the grounds at times, although we never saw them, but we did get visits from the local donkeys. :-) The Lodge has a fantasticly laid back vibe.
We loved our little chalet, on stilts overlooking the river... no glass windows, just canvas roll down shades for inclement weather or cold. (we enjoyed perfect sleeping weather with them up) The mosquito netting was not only part of the ambience but also practical, however, we didn't find any problem with unwelcome bugs! We also had a lovely ensuite bathroom with rain shower head. Beds were comfortable and the chalet was spotlessly clean. We also had a little deck with chairs ideal for just chilling.
The Lodge was all inclusive for us, including laundry service, which we really appreciated, as this was at the end of our African trip. Meals were good and served al fresco on the patio and every attempt was made to accommodate any dietary restrictions. We enjoyed being able to meet fellow travelers and compare notes. At night, a little fire was lit on the patio of the lodge, which was appreciated as nights cooled down. There is also a pretty little pool, but is really just a dipping pool. Relaxing though after a busy day... or not.
The staff is always on hand, professional and ready to help. Also included was a sunset boat ride on the Zambezi which we adored. Our driver and guide had a keen eye to the wildlife in and around the river and got us as close as was safe to it. The sunset was simply magical.
All in all, we really enjoyed our stay at this unpretentious, comfortable and laid back Lodge. I would gladly recommend it.
As a side note, Zambia is not a wealthy nation. The Lodge accepts clothing donations for the staff's village and fairly distributes it.. It was win-win...We were able to lighten our load and make room for our souvenirs, while helping out the staff that had worked so hard for us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chundukwa River Lodge is an African Bush Lodge built on stilts overlooking the Zambezi river. It is beautifully situated with panoramic views of the river - upstream from the Victoria Falls. Offering the best of both worlds - only 30 min from the falls and far enough from Livingstone town to be away from the noise of helicopters and traffic. Essentially perfect for nature and bird lovers and for those who simply want to absorb the best of Africa. There are flights from Johannesburg and Lusaka every day and easy road access from Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. Our private thatched cottage is perfect for those wanting to enjoy a home on the Zambezi. It has 1 double en-suite bedroom, 1 double/twin bedroom and one child's bedroom, a second bathroom, an open plan lounge/kitchen area, shaded patio, deck and rock splash pool. The cottage comes fully staffed with a personal,waiter and house-keeper. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chundukwa River Hotel Livingstone