Victoria Falls, Sanctuary luxury on the mighty Zambezi, Zambia
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Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is built on a dramatic bend of the Zambezi River in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, twelve kilometres upstream from the world-famous Victoria Falls. Inside the park resident Bushbuck find safety around the lodge, while the resident Hippo’s snort and grunt in front of the infinite pool overlooking the Zambezi.
On this Zambia side of the Zambezi River, with Zimbabwe on the other, you have direct access to amazing river cruises, fishing trips and Livingstone Island with the famed ‘Devils Pool’, a daring and incredible plunge in a pool at the edge of the biggest waterfall in the world.
Zambia, officially the Republic of Zambia, is a landlocked country in Southern Africa, neighbouring the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Tanzania to the north-east, Malawi to the east, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia to the south, and Angola to the west. The capital city is Lusaka, in the south-central part of Zambia. The population is concentrated mainly around Lusaka in the south and the Copperbelt Province to the northwest, the core economic hubs of the country.
This is a great country to go on Safari, Victoria Falls is not the only attraction here with some fantastic remote National Parks less frequented by the first time Safari traveller. Here you can find peace and quiet away from the crowds, animals also seem to enjoy the tranquility in these area’s, roaming freely in the remote savannah.
The Zambezi falls about 100 metres over the 1.6 km wide Victoria Falls, located in the south-west corner of the country, subsequently flowing into Lake Kariba. The Zambezi valley, running along the southern border, is both deep and wide. From Lake Kariba going east it is formed by grabens and like the Luangwa, Mweru-Luapula, Mweru-wa-Ntipa and Lake Tanganyika valleys, is a rift valley.
About Sussi & Chuma
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is built on a dramatic bend of the Zambezi River in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, twelve kilometres upstream from the world-famous Victoria Falls.
Named after Dr. David Livingstone’s faithful friends Sussi and Chuma, the lodge is located in one of the most beautiful parts of the Zambezi amidst Jackalberry trees and Phoenix palms, providing unrivalled views and exclusivity. Accommodation is in twelve Sussi tree-houses, connected by wooden walkways. There are also two private Chuma houses, each with two bedrooms.
About this unique Safari experience
WHY SANCTUARY SUSSI & CHUMA
- Located on a quiet bend of the Zambezi River within Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park
- 12 kilometres upstream from Victoria Falls in a remote location away from crowds
- Boutique property catering for individuals, couples and families
- Only lodge in the area able to offer guided walking safaris
- Established philanthropy project at Nakatindi Village
Victoria Falls luxury Safari experience
3 night / 4 day safari: Experience the best the Victoria Falls region has to offer. Impeccable Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma lodge will handle your every requirement, from pick up at and transfers, guided game drives, river cruise game viewing and sundowners, private Zambezi island three course lunch, fishing trips and the local Sanctuary philanthropy project tour.
Feeling adventurous? Take a microlight flight over the falls, tackle the Grade 5 rapids of the Zambezi, walk with Elephants and Lion’s at the local orphanage or take the bungee plunge from the highest bridge in Africa spanning the gorge high above the Zambezi rapids below.
DAY 01 – Zambezi River, overnight Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is just a short drive from Livingstone airport and a step away from the world-famous Victoria Falls. The lodge itself is an exclusive haven in the heart of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park which, in addition to the mighty roar of the Victoria Falls, also boasts a wide variety of game as well as countless opportunities for adventure. Built on two levels on a dramatic bend in the Zambezi, the main lodge is perched in giant ebony trees. Guests can relax in the swimming pool, or enjoy a drink in the elevated bar. The twelve air-conditioned tree houses are connected by wooden walkways and all enjoy superb views over the river. In addition, there are two private houses available. Each has two bedrooms, a dining area and deck with plunge pools, as well as a private chef and house staff.
DAY 02 – Victoria Falls, overnight Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma luxury lodge
The day is at leisure to enjoy some of the many activities on offer, these include a Tour of the Falls, sundowner cruise on the Zambezi, walking safaris, game drives in the National Park and a Village Tour. Livingstone is also known as the adventure capital of Africa offering a variety of adrenalin activities. Imagine taking on the mighty Zambezi River on a white water rafting trip. Did you know the rapids on the Zambezi are officially defined as “Grade 5. The Flight of Angels offers an amazing opportunity to experience a flight in a helicopter and an unrivalled and superior view of the majestic Victoria Falls. Other adventure activities include bungee jumping, micro lighting over the Victoria Falls and swimming at the Devil’s Pool. These activities are an optional extra and can be booked at the lodge.
DAY 03 – Zambezi / Victoria Falls, overnight Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma
Awake to the sounds of the bush as a steaming hot cup of tea or coffee is served on your tent’s deck. This morning you may like to sleep in and enjoy your surrounds, or explore the park on an early morning game drive or river cruise before returning to camp for a refreshing drink and breakfast on the edge of the river. This afternoon you have time to take a refreshing swim in the pool or relax on your private deck with a cool drink and gaze out across the Zambezi and watch as the game lazily congregates in the shade, Elephants may even take a bath in the river right in front of your treehouse to escape the heat.
You could opt to explore the region and tick off some more activities.
DAY 04 – Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma
The morning is at leisure to enjoy the activities on offer and afterwards please meet the lodge representative in the reception area of the lodge for your transfer to Livingstone Airport or on to your next destination. Your transfer times will be advised to you by the lodge managers.
Luxury accommodation across Zambia with
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma comprises 12 heavenly tree houses connected by wooden walkways, perched in giant ebony trees overlooking a particularly racy bend in the Zambezi River.
SUSSI TREE HOUSES
Twelve luxury tree houses are built into the canopy of majestic ebony trees lining the river bank. The air-conditioned rooms all with their own private viewing deck boast superb views over the white waters of the Zambezi. And if the fancy takes you, enjoy a private dinner on your deck, while the sounds of the bush provide enchanting background music.
The two private Chuma Houses are perfect for families with young children. Each house has two en suite bedrooms, a spacious lounge and dining area and private plunge pool. Each of the houses also come with their own private chef and house staff.
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma prides itself on its personalised service. Please let us know any dietary requirements and we will be happy to create you something to suit.
DINNER WITH A VIEW
Built on two levels, the main lodge consists of an elevated bar, superb wine cellar, lounge and open air dining area, curio shop and swimming pool. Full English and continental breakfast is served and high tea is available on request. The elegant shaded deck offers fantastic bird’s eye views across the river. And last but not least, when all the excitement of the day has caught up, a revitalising spa treatment is the order of the day.
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is set on the edge of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Here the highly trained safari guides take guests on game drives in custom-built 4 x 4 safari vehicles to experience the land as it was when Livingstone first made his way across the ridge and beheld the smoke that thunders. The park has elephant, impala, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, zebra in large numbers and an exciting array of birds, including some Southern African specials like Peters Finfoot. Guests may also be lucky enough to see a rare sighting of the wild dog that on occasion pass through the park.
CANOEING ON THE ZAMBEZI
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma offers guests the opportunity to enjoy a two hour canoeing excursion on the Zambezi River. The canoeing trip can either be done in the morning or afternoon, the activity will start from the lodge and can be combined with either a game drive or a boat cruise. Canoeing is offered all year but is weather dependent. Dry bags will be provided for valuables. Minimum age is 15 years.
TOUR OF THE VICTORIA FALLS
Just a short drive away from the world famous Victoria Falls, the lodge offers guests a walking tour of The Falls. First described to Europe by explorer David Livingstone and known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya, or “the Smoke that Thunders”, the falls make a constant roar and are accompanied by a cloud of brilliant spray where the mile wide Upper Zambezi falls 300 feet into the Lower Zambezi. Rainbows constantly form and collapse in the tropical sunlight over the waterfall. The river is bordered by ebony groves and mopane forest. Well-known for its bird life, with many fish eating raptors attracted to the rich pickings in the river. Excluded in the rate is the Heritage Fee which is payable by guests directly at the lodge when doing a Tour of the Falls.
There can be few more thrilling ways to experience and understand African wildlife, the bush and ecosystem as a whole than by being on foot on a walking safari. Offering a completely different perspective to the conventional view one gets from the confines of a safari vehicle. Our two highly trained professional walking guides, Luckson and Elijah, have a combined walking safari experience of more than 20 years. Their reverence and respect for the wild is highly contagious, making this a truly unforgettable and memorable experience as they share their in-depth bush knowledge of the local flora and fauna. Guests will also be accompanied by an armed National Parks ranger. Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma’s walking safaris will last about two hours and are conducted at a leisurely pace. Morning walks will depart at 6:30 am and will include a break with tea, coffee and snacks. The afternoon walk will commence at 4pm and finish at a special sundowner spot where guests will be served drinks and canapés while enjoying the magnificent sunset. Minimum age is 15 years.
A Zambezi River cruise is a great way to spend a few hours before drifting back to the lodge, a warm shower and delicious dinner. Sanctuary’s boats are specially designed and the guide will take the boat through a series of grade 2 rapids before finding a spot to beach for a break and a sunset cocktail. The combination of Zambezi spray on your face and delicious drink on the tongue makes for a memorable sunset cruise. Sipping on a cocktail while watching the sunset over the majestic Zambezi River is truly a once in a lifetime experience.
LOCAL SCHOOL & VILLAGE TOUR
Nakatindi village is located six kilometres from Livingstone and five kilometres from Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma. Through Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy, we sponsor various projects aimed at improving education, conservation, health and enterprise in the village. Guests staying at Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma have the opportunity to visit these projects and meet the people supported by them. In particular, guests can visit Nakatindi Community School which is resposible for the education of 442 pupils or Chipego bike shop, where guests can hire bicycles to use to tour the village.
To find out more about our philanthropy projects, click here.
The fishing season generally opens on 1st March each year. It closes annually from the 1st December until March. (This is the local Fisheries’ regulations and it is enforced by the Zambian Wildlife Authority.) All fishing is on a strict “Catch and Release” policy as we are in the national park. So far the biggest fish caught was around 4.5kg.
Sussi and Chuma’s 3 boats are used for fishing as well as other activities. Guests specifically wanting to do fishing should ideally request and pay for a private boat for fishing. That said we will be happy to accommodate fishermen as best as we can. Please note, on a full camp, all boats are used for the evening sunset cruise.
WHITE WATER RAFTING
The rapids on the Zambezi are officially defined as “Grade 5” by the British Canoe Union. You will be met in the reception area of the lodge from where you transfer to the Zambezi Waterfront, check-in, sign an indemnity and be given a briefing before departing on a half day white water rafting experience. The white water rafting finishes at rapid #10 where the truck will be waiting with cold drinks and beers for the journey back to Zambezi Waterfront at 12.30 / 1.00pm in time for lunch. Lunch consists of a variety of savoury filled bread rolls, fruits and fruit juice. After lunch, you will be transferred back to the lodge. Water is provided throughout the day. Minimum 4 participants and no children under 15 years are allowed to participate on the rafting activity. Guests have the option of also choosing from a full day, low water or full day high water white river rafting. (Additional cost)
FLIGHT OF ANGELS
The Flight of Angels offers an amazing experience – the opportunity to fly over the Falls in a helicopter for unrivalled views. While we cannot guarantee that you will see any game the following species can often be seen from the air: elephant, buffalo, rhino, hippo, crocodile and giraffe. Guests can choose from a 15 or 30 minute flight, minimum 2/maximum 6 participants, starting from the helipad at Maramba Aerodome. (Additional cost)
LIVINGSTONE ISLAND VISITS
A Livingstone Island visit begins with a thrilling ride through the channels of the Zambezi in twin-engine boats. During the guided exploration of the island you will learn about its long history, from ancient times, when it was a sacrificial site, to the present day, as a protected World Heritage Site. Those who are feeling brave can even take a heart-stopping peek over the island’s edge. After the tour, relax and enjoy refreshments under the shade of our canopied dining area with a view of the Falls that is quite unique. Those keen on a swimming experience unlike any other can even brave the waters of this mighty river in the island’s very own bathing pool, which forms each year amongst the rocks along the edge of the Falls. The activity lasts about one and a half hours with about one hour fifteen minutes on the island. Five trips are offered daily with a maximum of 12 people per trip. (Additional cost)
TOUR OF THE FALLS (ZIMBABWE SIDE)
Explore the Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwean side. Transfer time from the lodge to the entrance of the Falls in Zimbabwe is approximately ½ hour depending on border formalities. From here, the guide will escort guests around the Falls sharing some facts and history along the way. Sanctuary Retreats will supply raincoats during high water months when guests are likely to get wet from the spray of the Falls. The walk is approximately 1½ hours in duration (3km), through the rainforest, stopping at the various viewing points. Guests are advised to wear appropriate clothing and shoes for the walk, as well as suitable waterproof protection for camera equipment. Guests will also have the opportunity to do some curio shopping in the adjacent open-air markets. (Additional cost)
GETTING TO AFICA ONTO ZAMBIA
Getting to South Africa is relatively easy with two main hubs on the continent form where you can get to where ever you need to go.
Zambia is best reached through Johannesburg with direct daily flights operated by South African Airways and British Airways.
Flying from Australia QANTAS has regular and direct flights from Sydney – Johannesburg while South African Airways fly directs to Johannesburg ex Perth to meet connections onto Livingstone in Zambia.
If you prefer to to fly with Emirates or QATAR they have regular flights ex Melbourne and Sydney via Dubai and Doha.
Departing from Europe you will find many direct flights into Nairobi, the main East African hub. Flying from the United States you will find direct flights to Johannesburg from New York and Atlanta, getting to Nairobi will generally take through Europe.
Ask a Moon Tours specialist if you’d like us to book your required flights.
Dates upon request.
Tree House rates are per person, per night based on 2 people sharing in USD.
Single supplement, child rates and third adult rates will be quoted upon request.
7 January – 31 March; 1 November – 20 December from USD$ 1860
1 April – 31 May USD$2085
1 June – 31 October; 21 December – 5 January 2020 USD$2355
Chuma House rates are per person, per night based on 2-3 sharing or 4+ people sharing.
Single supplement, child rates and third adult rates will be quoted upon request.
Chuma House (2-3 people sharing)
7 January – 31 March; 1 November – 20 December from USD$ 2460
1 April – 31 May USD$2775
1 June – 31 October; 21 December – 5 January 2020 USD$3120
Chuma House (4+ people sharing)
7 January – 31 March; 1 November – 20 December from USD$ 2190
1 April – 31 May USD$2460
1 June – 31 October; 21 December – 5 January 2020 USD$2805
ADD TO YOUR AFRICAN EXPERIENCE
It’s a short hop, skip and a jump from Victoria Falls to some of the best Safari experiences in Africa. From the remote South Luangwa NP in Zambia to Chobe NP and the mind boggling Okavango Delta in Botswana you can extend this Safari into a truly once in a lifetime experience.
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