Magnificent river location
Access prime safari destinations in Zambia, Zimbabwe & Botswana
Great array of activities
No booking fees
An authentic Zambian experience that uplifts both traveller & community!
Voted as the 4th Best Resort in Africa and 9th Best Resort in the World in the Condé Nast Traveler’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards, Royal Chundu sits on the banks of the Zambezi River which hugs the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. Royal Chundu’s tranquil hideaway celebrates romance and family, tranquillity in a secluded setting, unique adventures and community empowerment. Further downstream is the roaring, thundering, smoking Victoria Falls, only 30km away.
WHEN TO TRAVEL
Royal Chundu is a superb year-round destination, with each season bringing something unique to the Zambezi and Victoria Falls experience.
October is the hottest month while the chilliest time is in June. This month also welcomes shooting stars to the sky while July and August hold the promise of the Parrot Fish Run, an incredible natural spectacle to behold. The Zambezi River is at its fullest between February and July, and peaks between March and April. The rise in water level creates a magnificent spray from Victoria Falls, with superior rainbows worth an ogle. At the Zambezi’s lowest, between November and early December, there is little spray, but a better view of the Falls’ full geological form. This is also a superb time to take a dip in Devil’s Pool.
Temperatures on the Zambezi River are relatively mild, generally between 64° and 86° F (18° and 30° C). Winter runs from May and is cool and dry, while from August to October temperatures rise excessively, often reaching 104° F (40° C). November to April is rainy season, with relief coming from occasional clear skies between downpours.
Zambia’s first and only Relais & Châteaux property, Royal Chundu encompasses two lodges, River Lodge and Island Lodge, both with views of the Zambezi. 10 exclusive River Lodge suites, set among the trees are nests of seclusion and peace. The charm and secrecy of the 4 spacious Island Lodge villas is accentuated by its location on the private Katombora island in the middle of the river, sheltered by rapids.
The larger of Royal Chundu’s two lodges, River Lodge scatters 10 suites along the riverfront with wooden decks ensuring intimate and serene views accompanied by uninterrupted privacy. These luxurious suites gaze across the Zambezi River, and peer into neighbouring Zimbabwe’s picturesque landscape. Thatched roofing and interior furnishings echo the Zambezi hues and accentuate the surrounding natural beauty. An outdoor boma for dinners around the fire as well as a lounge and bar encompass the main area. In close proximity to a helicopter pad, River Lodge is easily accessed and welcomes children.
Be transferred by boat to Katombora Island, wrapped in the watery embrace of the Zambezi. With only four spacious villas on the island, Royal Chundu’s Island Lodge illuminates tranquility, exclusivity and privacy. The well-appointed suites, splashed with cobalt blue and earthy palettes, open up onto private decks overlooking the river rapids. Refresh in the infinity pool and in the evenings relax in a riverfront bathtub – the perfect romantic getaway.
AT ROYAL CHUNDU
- Canoe the Zambezi
- Helicopter flights
- Photographic river safari
- Birding safari
- Sunrise & sunset cruises
- Katombora Island Walk
- Private picnics
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES AROUND ROYAL CHUNDU
- Steam train dining
- Livingstone Island
- Victoria Falls walking tour
- Devil’s Pool
- Adreneline activities such as white-water rafting, bungee jumping and abseiling
Children of all ages are welcome at Royal Chundu and specifically catered for in a unique Children’s Club with an exciting daily programme. Both River Lodge and Island Lodge suites can sleep two adults sharing with two children. * Please note that at Island Lodge children are only allowed when the lodge is hired on an exclusive-use basis.
Upon arrival, your guide will discuss activity options with you, considering family size, age and weather. Each of your young ones will receive a special River Safari Adventure Pack. A welcoming treasure hunt will help familiarise them with lodge staff and surroundings, allowing you peace of mind throughout your stay. Parents are welcome to join their children in the activities or to relax while River Guides or Child Minders take over the supervising.
At Royal Chundu, the village provides, but it also runs, supports, drives and benefits from the lodge. Royal Chundu is a community-run lodge, one of very few of its kind in Africa. It’s a model that the owners believe can create massive positive change across Africa, and that can help build a stronger, more equal Zambia.
$25 will be added to each bednight for Bricks & Barters. This funds Royal Chundu’s Foundation School (aiming to educate and feed 500 children a year); an adult literacy programme; an online hospitality programme and a culinary school.
- per person sharing, inclusive
- per person sharing, inclusive
- All meals, tea, coffee
- Drinks (excluding premium brands)
- Return road transfers to and from Livingstone International Airport
- Daily sundowner river cruise
- Internal activities: cruises, birding safaris, fishing, canoeing, Victoria Falls Tour (with return road transfers), cultural Tour
- Statutory 10% service charge
- Statutory 16% VAT
- Pricing in US Dollars
- International airfare
- Visas and other entry costs
- Travel insurance
- PCR testing for your journey home (if applicable)
- Personal expense such as extra drinks/food on transfers, phone calls, curio shop purchases
- Gratuities for your tour driver/guide, waiters/staff at accommodations
- Optional extensions available in Zambian safari parks, Zimbabwe and Botswana
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