From arrival to departure, Chundukwa River Lodge is absolutely wonderful! Peter and Orla own and run a magnificent, one-of-a-kind lodge, where each guest it treated like royalty. John and Lizanne (the managers), Levy, Peter, Pasqual and the entire staff went out of their way to make our stay (and anniversary) relaxing and an 'experience' not soon forgotten.
The chalet overlooking the Zambezi River (on poles in the water) was very comfortable -- actually luxurious -- and an inviting place to relax and regroup after busy days (naps there in the afternoon breeze are fantastic!). The elephants wandering through the lodge grounds provide an exciting distraction from the norm. And the sounds of the hippos, elephants and numerous birds easily lulled us to sleep in the evening...and provided a unique wakeup each morning.
The food prepared by Chef Henry, overseen by John, was absolutely delicious, using many local ingredients; from the salad/soup to the entre' to the dessert, each one was fabulous! The dining and lounge area was most inviting, either at the 'big' table, the intimate table on the veranda or sitting by the fire place in the cool evenings.
You'll have a hard time selecting from the many activities. We napped, made the sunset cruise on the Zambezi, took a rhino/nature walk in the nearby game park (white rhino, elephant, water buck, zebra, beautiful birds, monkey, baboon and impala were all plentiful), spent several hours at gorgeous Victoria Falls (the focus of everything in Livingstone), shopped in the local markets and picnicked in the city park, napped, visited nearby Mukay Village (where many of the staff live), napped, took an elephant safari (and have the DVD to prove it), shopped more, scouted the local polo field and stables, had a close encounter with elephants wandering through the grounds...and napped.
Chundukwa is a marvelous lodge...where tailored, extraordinary service is the norm! Deepest appreciation to Peter, Orla and the entire Chundukwa team for providing us an absolutely unforgettable anniversary/vacation. We look forward to returning. Becky and Bob Largent, Harrison, Arkansas, USA.
- 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