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Set discreetly along the banks of the expansive Zambezi River is Royal Chundu, a sanctuary whose beauty is only surpassed by its outlook. Located in Zambia, its riverscape is perfectly captured from its location along the border of both Zambia and Zimbabwe, where the iconic Victoria Falls, uproarious and epic, makes its curtain descent 30km further downstream.
The exterior of the Island Lodge Picture credit: Royal Chundu
Royal Chundu’s two lodges, River Lodge and Island Lodge, both enjoy panoramic views of the scenic waters of the Zambezi; a setting whose romance must be experienced to be believed. River Lodge has 10 suites that, from their setting within a canopy of riverine greenery, offer luxury and blissful seclusion. Meanwhile the Island Lodge, with its 4 spacious villas, is flanked by the Katombora Island’s flowing waters.
Views from the Villa interior Image credit: Royal Chundu
Zambia’s first Relais & Châteaux property, Royal Chundu was voted Best Safari Lodge in Zambia at the World Travel Awards for six years running. What makes these lodges stand out is not only their unforgettable sights but proximity to the most thrilling water adventures and experiences the region has to offer. There, you have premium access to the mighty Zambezi River and the top activities in the Victoria Falls.
The lounge area on the deck at River Lodge Image credit: Royal Chundu
A private deck near the best natural sights in Zambia Photo credit: Royal Chundu
Photographers of all levels will love the thrill of a photographic safari from the comfort of a boat cruise down the Zambezi River. You’ll capture unbelievable moments such as glorious sunsets and sunrises on the horizon, meandering wildlife, elephants along its banks or a float of crocodile above the water. The options are endless when the Zambezi is your backdrop and playground.
A view from above the Zambezi River Photo credit: Royal Chundu
Royal Chundu also offers the opportunity to view the Falls at exhilarating proximity from a helicopter. You’ll fly down the winding waters of the Zambezi, over surrounding peaks and nature, until you reach the gorge through which the Victoria Falls’ torrents descend. This is an unforgettable experience for thrill-seekers and nature lovers alike.
The views from a sunset cruise Image credit: Royal Chundu
There’s not a more thorough – or intimate – way to explore the breadth of the Zambezi and it’s surrounding splendour than on a sunset and sunrise cruise. While surrounded by open nature, you’ll be bathed in refreshing light as dawn and dusk’s subtle hues envelop you from above. Royal Chundu guests favour this experience, which takes you down one of Africa’s most magnificent rivers on a pontoon boat. Crocodiles and hippos on the river banks are just some of the wonders to behold while enjoying your choice of refreshments.
In dry months the skipper will anchor near Ellie Corner where herds of elephants, impala, warthog and buffalo can been seen from the exposed sandbanks.
Royal Chundu has a host of water activities by the Zambezi River
By Canoe, you can explore the upper Zambezi river and see hippo and crocodile in their plenty. Guides will accompany you downstream in an inflatable canoe – from Katombora rapids through the channels of the Zambezi island and down to a picnic spot on the riverbank. There you can view hundreds of bird species or simply take in the glorious scenery.
Cocktails near the waters of the Zambezi
Looking to experience the tranquility and decadence of Royal Chundu and partake in its thrilling water activities? Then click here to inquire about booking.
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An enthusiastic globe-trotter born in Mpumalanga, South Africa, Thanda is back in Cape Town after a year of amazing adventures abroad. When not scouring Soundcloud for her next music obsession, she’s plotting a weekend sho’t left or scrambling to keep track of friends who're scattered all over the world.
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