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Sanctuary Retreats Sussi & Chuma

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From $ 650 per person sharing

  • Single supplements and child discounts may apply
  • Price varies with seasonality and room options
  • Indicative price is for low season
  • Sanctuary Retreats

Resting on a bend in the Zambezi River, a mere 12 kilometres from the thundering Victoria Falls in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, Sussi & Chuma camp is the perfect location from which to experience all of the excitement and activities that the Falls and the surrounding areas offer, while still enjoying all the privacy and luxury of an exclusive lodge.

What makes Sussi &Chuma special?

Named after Dr. David Livingstone's close friends Sussi and Chuma, this delightful tree-house style lodge is located in one of the most beautiful stretches of the Zambezi River. Embraced by the branches of the huge ebony trees that grow along the banks of this mighty river, it provides unrivalled views and exclusivity.

It is the only lodge in the area that offers guided walks into the reserve, and the quiet exclusivity of the twelve tree houses make this camp an ideal place for couples to enjoy the beauty of the Zambezi, while still close enough visit Victoria Falls and Livingstone Town. The two Chuma houses are perfect for families with children. Each house has two en suite bedrooms, a spacious lounge and dining area, and a private plunge pool. Each of the houses also comes with a private chef and household staff.

The Reserve

The Zambezi River forms the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, and the two countries share the Victoria Falls. The Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is situated along the upper Zambezi River on the Zambian side, and is the ‘twin’ to the Victoria Falls National Park on the Zimbabwean side. It includes the Victoria Falls and stretches for about 12 kilometres up the Zambezi River above the falls. It is a relatively small reserve, with 2 two main sections – the forest and cliff tops surrounding Victoria Falls, and the wildlife reserve. It affords a wonderfully relaxing drive alongside the river for much of the 20-kilometre stretch of River frontage, and a wide variety of species can be easily seen.

The Park provides a home to numerous antelope species, zebra, giraffe, warthog, and a variety of birds and smaller animals. Elephants cross the Zambezi River at a well-known crossing point between the two sides and freely roam the park. Visitors can drive their own vehicles through the Park, or go on organised open-vehicle game drives. The Victoria Falls section of the national park includes the rainforest on the cliff opposite the Eastern Cataract, which is sustained by spray from the falls. It supports plants that are uncommon for the area such as pod mahogany, ebony, ivory palm and wild date palm.

The Camp

The lodge is divided into two camps. Guests at Sussi will sleep amongst leafy branches in luxury en-suite tree houses that look out over the river from the privacy of their decks. Each air-conditioned suite has luxurious beds draped in mosquito netting and an en-suite bathroom. In the same canopy of leafy Ebony trees, guests wanting exclusive service and their own chef can stay in one of two self-contained Chuma houses. Chuma residents have their own vehicles and guides for their entire stay.

Creature comforts

Sussi camp has a central lodge building which features a raised bar and lounge deck, open air dining area, swimming pool, curio shop and beautiful spa with fantastic views, designed with the view of the river in mind. Dinners are usually served alfresco or around a roaring log fire under the stars.

The 2 Chuma houses are designed around their own lounge, dining area and outdoor barbeque areas – a perfect setting to enjoy a family meal cooked by the private chef. Each house has 2 air-conditioned en-suite rooms, private decks overlooking the river and a swimming pool.

The experience

The list of activities that can be enjoyed at Sussi & Chuma is almost endless. Apart from the usual guided walks and game drives, boating trips, sunset cruises and fishing expeditions along the Zambezi River are also offered. A trip to Sussi & Chuma would not be complete without a visit to the Victoria Falls. The town of Livingstone is conveniently close, where activities such as white water rafting on the biggest rapids in the world, and the second highest bungi-jump in the world can be arranged for the more adventurous. Horse-back and elephant back safaris, as well as helicopter trips offer another delightful way to see the beauty of the river and the surrounding areas. For guests interested in history and culture, guided tours of Semonga Village and the Livingstone museum are a must.