Chundukwa River Lodge

Relaxed. Peaceful. Private.

Welcome to our River Lodge

Peace is found in the flow of a river and our eco-friendly, luxurious guest rooms all face the Zambezi. We are owner-run and champions of locally made and personal hospitality.

Our boutique bush lodge has five intimate, river-facing guest chalets, open-fronted for a greater connection with nature, and one riverside family cottage. You’ll hear hippos grunting every evening, before they come onto the property to graze the lawns behind the chalets.

Chundukwa River Lodge is a destination in itself, half an hour’s drive from Livingstone, 36km upstream of the Victoria Falls. Come here to retreat, relax, recover, horse-ride, bird-watch, cruise on the Zambezi, explore the Victoria Falls and try some of the adventure and safari activities in the area. This patch of paradise has been in the family for over 50 years, and we are intimately connected with the environment and the people, their tribal language and traditions. Come with us to a local village and meet the people. We are renowned for our riding stables with horses for all abilities, child-friendly farmyard animals, delightful staff and delicious meals.

A stay at Chundukwa is more than a place to lay your head, it’s an experience into the soul of Zambia.  

Doug and Gail own and operate Chundukwa River Lodge Livingstone Zambia

Every detail of the Chundukwa experience is watched over and managed by Gail, Doug and the Chundukwa River Lodge team. 

Chundukwa is our life and our home and we are delighted to share it with you. Please make yourselves at home. Together with our team we will be hosting you and making sure that your needs are taken care of.

Doug & Gail, Owners of Chundukwa River Lodge

Chundukwa River Lodge is a proudly eco-friendly lodge which sits lightly on the site and is integrated with its environment, while still providing you with luxurious and comfortable accommodation to make your time in Zambia truly special.

Staying at Chundukwa River Lodge

River Chalets

River front chalets on the Zambezi River near Victoria Falls Livingstone

Each of our five river-front chalets is individually styled and most importantly is open-fronted, enjoying magnificent views of the Zambezi River and a direct connection to nature.  Uncluttered and beautifully furnished, the chalets offer comfortable accommodation in an eco-style lodge.

Chundu Cottage

Child and family friendly accommodation on the Zambezi River near Victoria Falls Livingstone

This spacious 3-bedroom cottage is perfect for a family-friendly safari holiday, sleeping up to 6 people. There is also a large verandah, private deck and your own  swimming pool.

Lodge Facilities

Pool and deck at Chundukwa River Lodge on Zambezi River near Victoria Falls

Chundukwa River Lodge offers you an open plan lounge and dining area to relax in, as well as a rock plunge pool perfect for hot summer days. 

Our gardens are spectacular and and give you the chance to immerse yourself in nature. 

Activities & Experiences

Experience Victoria Falls from Chundukwa River Lodge

The essence of the Chundukwa River Lodge  experience really comes through in the combination of our in-house activities and Victoria Falls encounter.  

Chundukwa is the only Livingstone lodge to offer you a private guide and private vehicle to explore and visit the Victoria Falls.

A season for everyone at Chundukwa River Lodge

Aside from Victoria Falls, there’s something special about each time of the year in Zambia. If you’re wondering what else to expect during your visit, here’s our low-down on what you can experience.

Reasons to visit Victoria Falls in December January February or March

December to March
The "Green Season"

Africa in her finest hour - a time of plenty

It’s summer time in Zambia, with moderate to warm temperatures, and cooler nights. vibrant lush green landscape, with intermittent showers and thunderstorms, and the Zambezi on the rise. A beautiful and colourful time to be on the river.  All our local birds are in full breeding plumage. Wild mushrooms and flowers abound in the bush whilst most of our wildlife species give birth to their young when grass and water are plentiful…Considered the “low season’ it is sometimes the best time to travel if you want to have Africa all to yourself.

April & May
Zambezi Annual Flood

The Falls are full!

Moving towards cooler nights and crispy mornings. The Zambezi river swells rising several metres and usually peaking around the first week of May. Victoria Falls is stunning as the spray rises between 200 and 450 metres above the gorge. Turquoise skies, crisp mornings, an abundance of water and life. This is a wonderful and plentiful time to visit Zambia – the landscape is clean, skies are clear, temperatures are moderate, and most of the rain has moved on.

Reasons to visit Victoria Falls in April & May
Reasons to visit Chundukwa River Lodge in Zambia in June July & August

June to August
Mid Winter to First Spring

Safari Season, fireside stories, starry nights, horse rides

Zambia’s winter usually lasts until the beginning of August. Clear skies, no rain, an increasingly dryer landscape – a popular time for safaris. Experience cooler temperatures and misty mornings at the onset of the dry season. June and July are mid-winter, with warm days and cold nights spent around the fireside.

September, October & November

Hot and Awesome!

Hot and awesome, the earth is scorched and the sunsets are smokey from all the dust in the air. Migrant birds arrive. Everyone and everything is drawn to water, and the Zambezi works its magic. Africa begs for rain and everyone waits in earnest. Set off early to beat the heat and come back to cool off in our pool.

Reasons to visit Victoria Falls in September October & November

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We have updated our booking terms & conditions for Covid-19.

If you are unable to travel due to Covid-19 travel bans, you can cancel without penalties up to 14 days ahead of arrival (full refund less bank charges), or you can postpone for travel up until the end of 2021 (seasonal rate variations apply).

The safety of our guests and staff is important to us – read more about our Covid-19 Protocols.