Zambia. Africa’s rising star
For wild Africa at its best, Zambia tops the list. Home to spectacular big game, abundant birdlife and countless crocodiles and hippo in its waterways, and yet largely devoid of tourists – it is one of Africa’s best-kept secrets, making it the perfect African destination for the savvy traveller looking for an authentic safari experience.
Of course the shining star in Zambia’s firmament is the spectacular Victoria Falls known by the locals as Mosi-oa-Tunya, or the Smoke that Thunders. For those seeking to experience the Falls in all their glory or feel the adrenaline while white water rafting down the mighty Zambezi River, Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma marks the ideal base.
Set on a dramatic bend of the Zambezi River in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park just twelve kilometres from Victoria Falls, the lodge is named after Dr David Livingstone’s faithful friends Sussi and Chuma. One of twelve African camps and lodges in the portfolio of luxury safari specialist Sanctuary Retreats, it was reopened last year after an extensive refurbishment, to reveal a redesign which ingeniously maximises its magical setting in one of the most beautiful parts of the Zambezi – and one which has firmly positioned the boutique riverside retreat amongst the most exclusive luxury accommodation in Zambia.
The lodge’s twelve luxurious Sussi treehouses, linked by elevated wooden walkways, offer a sophisticated take on modern safari life. Enriched with a very authentic Zambian character, each one features stylish interiors full of local artworks, hand crafted rugs, and easy chairs dressed in a map print evoking the intrepid trails of the Lodge’s erstwhile namesakes – Sussi and Chuma. And, of course, they come with all the five-star fixtures and fittings one would expect from one of the world’s leading boutique safari operators, with indulgent touches including freestanding baths, a fully stocked minibar and gym boxes for in-room workouts. Adding to the feeling of exclusivity, the riverfront terrace of each treehouse also offers guests their own private and shady retreat for relaxing at the end of each day.
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma also offers two private houses, each with two bedrooms, their own dining areas and decks with plunge pools, as well as a private chef and dedicated staff – perfect for families, multigenerational travellers, or those seeking the ultimate exclusive safari getaway.
Elsewhere, the communal main lodge spans two levels including an elevated bar, a superb wine cellar, lounge and open air dining area and a swimming pool. The Explorer Lounge, with its laid back chic and expansive riverside outdoor bar, offers incredible and unrivalled views over the Zambezi, where guests can settle in around the boma fire pit and enjoy the spectacular sunset, while inside the intimate and inviting Livingstone Bar is the perfect spot to sip on a cocktail.
Prices at Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma start from USD620 per person per night, twin share, including all meals and drinks (excluding premium brands) and transfers to and from Livingstone Airport plus a choice of two daily shared game viewing activities including tours of Victoria Falls on the Zambian side, game drives in the National Park, a sundowner cruise, local school and village tours, walking safaris, fishing and canoeing excursions.
And for even better savings, take advantage of Sanctuary Retreats’ extended stay offer, when you stay at one or more of Sanctuary Retreats properties including Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma depending on your season of travel.
Stay 4 – 6 nights and save up to 30%.
Stay 7+ nights and save up to 40%.
Terms and conditions apply.
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