Chundukwa River Lodge
Relaxed. Peaceful. Private.
Welcome to our River Lodge
We are an owner-operated lodge offering accommodation in 5 river-front chalets, and a 3-bedroomed cottage, all with spectacular views over the Zambezi River. You can find us just 25km from Livingstone and the Victoria Falls, so you are close enough to enjoy all the activities available, but we are far enough away to be able to offer you a tranquil African retreat from the bustling tourist centres of Livingstone and Victoria Falls. Located opposite the Zambezi National Park we hear lions, hyenas, hippos, zebra and jackal calling on a regular basis and of course the hippos will be serenading before bedtime and in the early mornings.
The property upon which Chundukwa River Lodge is built has been in the family for over 50 years. The Chundukwa River Lodge that you see today – Zambian inspired, steeped in history, soul and authenticity, provides a real Zambezi experience.
For people wanting to experience the soul of the Zambezi, this is a great place to stay.
Every detail of the Chundukwa experience is watched over and managed by Gail, Doug and the Chundukwa River Lodge team.
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 all the luxury and comforts to make your time in Africa truly special
Chundukwa River Lodge is perfect for nature and animal lovers, honeymooners, adventurers, retreaters, twitchers, horse riders, families and those simply wanting a less corporate and more intimate and authentic African experience.
Staying at Chundukwa River Lodge
Each of our five river-front chalets is individually styled and most importantly is open-fronted, enjoying magnificent views of the river and a direct connection to nature. Uncluttered and beautifully furnished, the chalets have all the comforts one needs in an eco-style lodge.
This spacious cottage is perfect for families or friends wanting ‘together time’, sleeping up to 6 people. There is also a large verandah, private deck and swimming pool.
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.
The essence of the Chundukwa 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 the Falls, there’s something special about each time of the year in this region. If you’re wondering what else to expect during your visit, here’s our low-down on what you can experience.
December to March
The "Green Season"
Africa in her finest hour - a time of plenty
It’s summer time, with moderate to warm temperatures, and cooler nights. A 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 be here – the landscape is clean, skies are clear, temperatures are moderate, and most of the rain has moved on.
June to August
Mid Winter to First Spring
Safari Season, fireside stories, starry nights, horse rides
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.
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