Royal Chundu River Lodge is highly luxurious, quirky and independently owned. Along with its sister property Island Lodge - a smaller option located on an island in the Zambezi River - it offers a remote stay whilst still being able to easily access the Zambezi Falls. The accommodation is vibrant and comfortable, and booked on a full-board basis. This includes all meals, a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, and a whole host of activities such as a daily sundowner river cruise, birding safaris, canoeing, fishing - perfect for active people! Its responsible tourism efforts are also fantastic - with The Royal Chundu Foundation School and various other projects supporting the local community.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The lodge is accessed via 50 kilometres’ road transfer from Livingstone’s international airport. It’s situated 30 kilometres from Victoria Falls, on the banks of the mighty River Zambezi!
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT ROYAL CHUNDU RIVER LODGE:
Guest accommodation consists of ten suites. These are attractive timber-and-thatch structures, spaced along the waterfront and raised on wooden decking. On entering, you’ll find a spacious bedroom and living space, featuring a double bed or twin beds, bedside tables and lighting, a storage trunk, and a couple of comfy chairs. Up to two beds can be added for children. The décor is light and bright, with a few splashes of colour. In-room amenities include air conditioning, a fan, mosquito nets, a mini-bar, and a safe. The en-suite facilities comprise separate flush toilet, twin washbasins with mirrors over, and a walk-in shower. Finally, each suite boasts a private veranda, with a couple of chairs and a table under a parasol. This is a lovely spot to relax and enjoy breathtaking river views!
The communal buildings at Royal Chundu River Lodge are approached from the guest suites along elevated wooden walkways. Also raised above ground level, these too are made out of timber and thatch. They include the sumptuous lounge, with its medley of leather sofas, wicker settees, and suede seating, all under elegant lighting. The walls are fairly festooned with colourful maps and pictures! The lodge’s bar is set up along the back wall, while the front is open to amazing vistas over the river. A library and TV room also provide pleasant spaces for relaxation. In the restaurant, chic tables-and-chairs are arranged in readiness for delicious meals. Guests can also eat in the boma, a popular place for al fresco gatherings! Anyone in need of a little pampering can request a spa treatment, such as a massage. And the lodge’s swimming pool, flanked by inviting sunloungers, is the perfect place to cool off in between activities, all the while marvelling at river views.
ACTIVITIES AT ROYAL CHUNDU RIVER LODGE:
Royal Chundu River Lodge offers an exciting assortment of activities! These include the following:
River cruises- The lodge owns a number of pontoon boats. Cruises on the River Zambezi take place at sunrise and sunset, offering a beautiful backdrop to your adventures on the water. Among the wildlife highlights you’ll enjoy are hippos, crocodiles, and a wealth of waterbirds! And during dry season, boats often anchor at ‘Ellie Corner’, where elephants come to bathe, drink, and socialise.
Birding safaris- This activity is available during the morning, late afternoon, or night, or even for an entire day. Aboard a pontoon boat on the Zambezi river, you’ll get to know the region’s feathery friends thanks to Royal Chundu’s expert guides. Specials include eagles, jacanas, and kingfishers.
Canoeing- Also accompanied by an experienced guide, canoe trips involve paddling downstream in an inflatable craft through rapids and channels. A picnic spot provides time to rest and do a little birdwatching! Motorised canoeing is also possible.
Fishing- River fishing is offered from April to November, as the other months of the year are spawning season. You can use equipment supplied by the lodge or bring your own gear. Tigerfish, yellowfish, and bream are just three examples of the species you might encounter here.
Cultural tour- Guests with an interest in culture can take up opportunities to visit a couple of local villages. You’ll meet the residents and find out all about their ways of life during guided walks and interactions.
Victoria Falls tour- Head down to the Falls for tours, wet-and-wild watersports, and even helicopter flights! Here’s our top experiences at Victoria Falls.
Children’s activities- Royal Chundu has a first-rate kids club. Youngsters can participate in cruises, catch-and-release fishing, birding and frog safaris, village life lessons, and much more besides!
*This property is unfenced and although animal densities are not that high along this stretch of the Zambezi River, there is always the potential for dangerous game. So if you opt to stay here please always be cautious and look out for wildlife when walking around, especially at night.