Relax on the banks of the Zambezi River
Dining & Relaxing
Chundukwa River Lodge has an open-plan lounge and dining area. This area is thatched, with ceiling fans for the hotter months. It is divided into 2 spaces: a lounge with comfortable couches, good lighting, a telescope, binoculars, and a variety of reference books and novels for guests to use and enjoy; and a dining area, with a water-refill point, tea and coffee station, and our famous bottomless cookie jars!
We have an open-air deck over the river with comfy couches and loungers where you can enjoy beautiful views of the river – all day long. By night, the patio and deck are transformed with candles, solar lights, and a cosy fire, creating a beautifully romantic dining area under the stars.
The Zambezi River is 2,574 km long and it flows through Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and into the Indian Ocean. It feeds and nourishes both people and wildlife along its banks. With there being no major industry on the river, the water which flows remarkably fast is drunk by most people living along its banks.
Sunrise and sunset cruises are a perfect way to relax and enjoy one of Africa’s finest waterways. A great opportunity for photography, bird watching, game viewing. One Sunset cruise is always included when you stay with us.
Our rock plunge pool is certainly needed to cool off in the hot months and warm up as it is heated in the cold months!
Beautiful Indigenous Gardens & Waterways
Our river chalets sit between two bodies of water. The river in front and a system of ‘waterways’ behind which offer an experience in themselves. Meander around the dams, sit on a bench and soak up the sun, or watch birds. Over a 100 species have been spotted on the property…
The gardens have been manicured around the existing indigenous vegetation, creating a truly beautiful natural space for you to enjoy. This is a perfect place to put your feet up, bird watch, do yoga, meditate, paint or snooze or you can follow our ‘waterway meander’ where you might be lucky to discover Cape Clawless Otters playing in the early mornings or Monitor Lizards basking in the midday sun.
If you are feeling more energetic, Bush walks or bike rides are also available through the farm and riverine forest, or enjoy a morning run along the river accompanied by one of our guides.
We have a horse yard 5 minutes’ walk from the main lodge. Take a leisurely walk up to the stables and have a chat to Doug and meet local members of our community who come to ride horses on most afternoons. We have some great riding opportunities with horses to suit all levels of riding including special “Pony Tales” for kids. For more information see Horse Trails.
There are 2 Polo Crosse fields and the Livingstone Polo Crosse club is resident on our property. Grab a racket and join practice on a Sunday!
A great opportunity for kids to feed carrots to the horses and donkeys and all the other animals that abide there.
We have our own transfer vehicles that will take you anywhere you would like to go. Visits to Livingstone, the falls, transfers to the borders and if you are looking to go further afield -let us know and we will refer you to some excellent operators in the area
We love feeding you. Our food has good depth of flavour, is fresh and all in the style of home/country style cooking. We all love to cook alongside Henry who is our head chef. We source our proteins from local farmers we know well in the area and most of our greens come from our very own garden and if that runs out we get from our neighbour’s garden! Let us know your dietary requirements well in advance so we can ensure something delicious that suits your needs.
All our meals are arranged around your itinerary.
Breakfast: Continental buffet and cooked breakfast to order up until 10 am
Lunch: We serve you a light lunch coupled with garden fresh salads and home-made breads up to 2.30 pm
Dinner: This is a three-course plated service normally between 7 and 8 pm
…and then there’s snacks, bottomless jars of cookies and cake if you are around for afternoon tea!