Chundukwa River Lodge


Chundukwa is an owner run, small, intimate and private bush boutique lodge on the banks of the Zambezi.

This 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 where guests go 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 the team are intimately connected with the environment and the people, their tribal language and traditions.

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Chundukwa River Lodge

On the banks of the Zambezi River, 36km upriver from the Victoria Falls and 30 mins from Livingstone Town, opposite the Zambezi National Park in Zimbabwe.


There are 5 River Chalets and 1 Family Cottage

Room features include:
En-suite bathrooms with shower/bath, basin and toilet (bathrooms are all different)
Lock up safe
Hairdryers in front of the mirror
Large ‘walk-in’ mosquito nets
Electric heating blankets (for the colder winter months)
Tea/coffee facilities

Chundu Cottage is a completely private, stand alone, family-friendly, thatched home overlooking the Zambezi River. The small team of chef, waiter and housekeeper will serve you ‘at home’, at your own convenience. 
The cottage sleeps up to 6 people and includes one king/twin bedroom with en-suite shower and double basins, a second king/twin bedroom and an upstairs loft space that sleeps two. The loft space and second bedroom share a separate bathroom with double basins, a private toilet, and a shower with a skylight roof.
An open-plan lounge and kitchen area opens onto a covered veranda and adjoining deck, extending to a plunge pool. The deck is fenced so little ones can’t wander into the swimming pool or down to the river. 
There are fireside chairs and a picnic table on the bank of the river for dining under the stars.


Honeymoon Chalet Honeymoon Bathroom Jacana Chalet Jacana Bathroom Chundu Cottage Lounge View Chundu Cottage Pool and Outside Chundu Cottage Bedroom Chundu Cottage Aerial

Plunge pool in main lodge area and private plunge pool at Chundu Cottage
No spa- though can arrange for treatments with a therapist near the Falls if required
A plethora of different birds to be seen and heard, in the gardens and along the river, with several species endemic to this area too
Dining area - meals are plated and each group dines individually
Deck overlooking the river
Stableyard 3 mins walk behind the lodge
Beautiful gardens with well-appointed benches and walkways and paths around the ponds
Plenty of space to dine and relax in different areas – lounge, dining room, on the deck, by the pool, on the patio or in the gardens


Main Building Main Deck and Pool Breakfast Dining Area

Inclusive activities include:

Victoria Falls Day Trip - personal vehicle and guide for each set of guests for 1 day (sunrise to sunset) during their stay – to take them to the Falls and between other Livingstone sites and activities without additional transfer costs. This is tailored to each set of guests according to their wishlist and preferred timings, to create a bespoke day out

Sunset or sunrise cruise

Stays of 3 nights or more choose one activity per day from the below options:

Visit to their local village and community preschool
River picnic
Horse ride (hour and a half) - morning or late afternoon
Guided wilderness walk on the property
Guided mountain bike ride on the property
Fishing in their dams with a guide - for kids

For younger visitors: a visit to their stable yard to meet the horses, donkeys and other animals, and feed them carrots. Kids can also be led out on horse-back for half an hour with the groom

All other external activities can either be pre-booked through the People and Places team or booked and paid for on site. These include scenic flights over the Falls, Rafting and Canoeing, Bungee Jumps, Livingstone Island and the Devil’s Pool, The Elephant Café, Rhino Tracking, Chobe Day Trips, Game Drives, and cultural experiences. 

Sunset Cruise Horse trails The Victoria Falls Community Visit

River Chalets: children 10 years and older are accepted and Jacana Chalet is large enough for 2 extra beds
Children of all ages are welcome in Chundu Cottage

Chunduwa River Lodge is open all year round

Chundukwa River Lodge supports Muke Community Pre-school with donations via Pack for a Purpose, as well as supporting their feeding scheme. They also support a new orphanage in Simonga village

Power is mains electricity with a backup generator that powers the whole lodge should main power go off ( additional invertors as well)

Wifi is available in the main lounge reception area and Chundu Cottage

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