Frequently Asked Questions
Helpful information before your stay
Notes on staying at Chundukwa River Lodge
Families are very welcome to stay at the lodge, however due to the open-fronted nature of the chalets and dining area, children should be over the age of 10 in order to stay in the main lodge.
In cases when families wish to book the whole lodge, we will forgo this restriction provided parents take full responsibility for their childrens’ safety.
Chundu Cottage which is a private house has no age restrictions. The cottage is set 20 metres back from the river, but still has great views.
Latitude S 17° 48’ 35.4456″ (-17.809846) | Longitude E 25° 40’ 21.8496″ (25.672736)
On some GPS maps “Nakatindi Road” is indicated on the Zimbabwe side which is incorrect. Nakatindi Road is in Zambia and runs between Livingstone and Kazangula. Chundukwa River Lodge is 25km from Livingstone off Nakatindi Road.
Self-drive: From Lusaka – Drive through Livingstone town, turning right at the traffic lights at the FORD showroom, onto the Nakatindi Road towards Kazungula. Our turning is 25km along this road. You will pass through the National Park, cross over the railway lines, and drive through Simonga Village. Turn left onto a gravel road at the Chundukwa sign board. Drive 1km straight along the dirt road, continue past the polo-cross fields and stables, swinging right into our car park.
From Botswana – After crossing the border at Kasane, drive 3km to the T-junction, turning right to Livingstone. Continue for 45km and then turn right at the Chundukwa road sign. Continue as above.
From Zimbabwe – After crossing the border at Victoria Falls town, drive 10km and turn left at the traffic lights at the Nissan showroom. From here drive through the National Park for 25km, turning left at the Chundukwa road sign. Continue as above.
From Namibia – After crossing the border at Katimo Mulilo, drive 220kms in the direction of Livingstone, turning right at the Chundukwa road sign. Continue as above.
For further details and maps please see our Location page.
Transfers to and from Livingstone Airport are included in our Fully Inclusive package. Additional transfers can be arranged through the lodge at any time.
Mosquito repellent, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, comfortable shoes for game walks, rafters and a waterproof camera bag for viewing the Falls, light raincoat for the rainy season (November to April), fleece and anorak for early morning trips or winter evenings around the fire, glasses for those who wear contacts as dust may irritate eyes.
Laundry services are provided, so three days worth of clothing is ample.
There are a huge variety of activities available at Chundukwa River Lodge and in Livingstone, Victoria Falls and beyond – please see our Activities page for more information. Activities can be booked directly through our office at Chundukwa River Lodge. Please contact us to discuss what you are interested in and we will help you make all the arrangements and book your transfers.
Upon arriving at Chundukwa River Lodge we will take the time to introduce you to all the activities that are available and help you plan your time and book all your activities for you. If there is something in particular you already know you want to do, then do contact us earlier so we can ensure you get a place.
Depending on the time of year, some activities are very popular in the high season which runs from May through to the end of October.
Yes we take, Visa, Master Card, Maestro. We do not accept American Express.
It is best not to change money into our local currency until you know how you want to use it. There are several Bureaux de Changes available and we can arrange for you to get to one. There are also a number of ATMs.
Please check to see whether you require a visa. In most cases this can be purchased online or at your port of entry into Zambia. Please ensure that you bring with you the correct amount of cash in US Dollars.
We suggest purchasing a Univisa, which will allow you access into Zimbabwe with no additional visa costs, as well as a day visit to Botswana.
IF FOR ANY REASON YOU CANNOT GET A UNIVISA, you can buy a double entry visa when entering Zambia. If you wish to cross into Zimbabwe you will be able to purchase a ‘day visa’ at Zimbabwe Customs. Prices vary according to different nationalities.
SADC passport holders do not require visas.
The normal visa fees are as follows:
• Single Entry or UNIVISA -US$ 50
• Double Entry -US$ 80
• Transit US $50
• Day Visa US$ 20
Zambia has a sunny, semi-arid climate with the average annual temperature sitting at a pleasant 21.8 degrees Celsius (71.2 degrees Fahrenheit). Our warm months are September to April, with temperatures peaking in October. The rainy season is from November to April and our mild winter months are May to August.
For more detailed information, visit our When to Visit page.
Chundukwa Lodge is located in a low risk malaria region, and we are fortunate to have relatively few mosquitoes around the lodge. We do recommend that you see your doctor one month prior to travelling to acquire a prescription for prophylactics. The use of mosquito repellent during your stay, as well as wearing long-sleeved tops and trousers in the evenings, is strongly advised.
Notes on visiting Victoria Falls
Chundukwa River Lodge packages include a personal guide and private vehicle to explore and visit Victoria Falls. No set time departures, no waiting for the late risers – you are free to spend as much time as you want to experience the world’s largest waterfall and surrounding attractions.
The ridge of Victoria Falls is 1.7km wide. For this reason we highly recommend our guests to the Falls in their entirety. This can be done in a number of ways.
If you want to see the full extent of the Falls we recommend you buy a Univisa for $50 at your port of entry into Zambia. This will allow you to walk between Zambia and Zimbabwe to view both sides which are equally spectacular and quite different. If you are travelling on our Fully Inclusive Package your Chundukwa guide will be happy to escort you as far as the Zimbabwe border and help you with customs if you wish. It is a short walk to the entrance of the Zimbabwe Falls. If you wish to have a private guide take you around the Zimbabwe side of the Falls this can be arranged at a small additional cost.
Without rushing, and enjoying lunch along the way, it will take roughly 5 hours to view both sides – more if you decide to shop in any of the curio markets. It can be done at a quicker pace, but allow at least two to three hours for the Zimbabwe side (including border-crossing time).
Being able to see the full extent of the Falls from the air is really interesting and helpful in understanding their formation. You can also view the seven ridges where the falls have receded of the past few million years. A 15 min flight is enough time to view the Falls in their entirety plus have a good time. Longer helicopter flights that take you down into the Batoka Gorge are also thrilling! Flights over Victoria Falls can be done in helicopters, micro-lights or fixed-wing ultra-lights.
Most definitely – provided you leave by 7:30am you will have time to fit in a trip to Livingstone Island, or do a helicopter flight or any of the other myriad of activities available in the area. Please feel welcome to chat to us about this.
Zambia $20 per person – no credit card facilities so please ensure you bring the right amount.
Zimbabwe $30 per person – sometimes their credit card facilities do not work so be sure to carry the right amount of cash.
The rainbow is visible on clear full moon evenings, when the water levels are sufficiently high. This is mostly during our winter months when there is little cloud around. Chundukwa can arrange a visit for you – please feel free to contact us.
Parts of the falls can be viewed from a wheel chair. Being Africa we will always make a plan to get you to the best spots.
By all means bring your own. We do supply ponchos, towels, ziplock bags (highly necessary). But if you are brave enough, it is best to visit the falls in shorts and a t-shirt and enjoy the thrill of a standing in nature’s own shower! You will dry off quickly in the sun or can change into dry clothes afterwards.
High Water Season is from January to July – there is a large volume of water going over the Falls, which steadily decreases towards the end of the year. It’s all about the Falls and the spectacular spray. Some activities such as white water rafting and visits to Livingstone Island may close for a few weeks when the river is in peak flood, usually around April/May.
Low water season is from September until early December – more of the geological structure of the Falls can be viewed, which is spectacular.
When there is ‘low water’, white water rafting, Livingstone Island and swimming in Devil’s Pool, and venturing Under the Falls are at their best. With the Univisa available, it is also easy to walk across the bridge and enjoy both sides of the Falls.