This magnificent region of Zambia and the spectacle of nature’s raw power can be witnessed and experienced at the lodges of Royal Chundu. On nine miles of private waterway along the banks of the Zambezi River, and just a short drive from the magnificent falls, Royal Chundu provides guests the opportunity to explore the surrounding area and falls as the David Livingstone did 150 years ago. The two luxurious lodges of Royal Chundu, the River Lodge and the Island Lodge, sit on the convergence of Zambia and Zimbabwe between Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls. At the main River Lodge, 10 spacious river-front suites look out onto the Zambezi, and private decks provide spectacular views.

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Royal Chundu is a family-owned and run property that comprises two luxurious lodges on the banks of the Zambezi River, just upstream from the magnificent Victoria Falls. River Lodge is the larger of the two Lodges, while Island Lodge is the more exclusive. Royal Chundu is a more intimate getaway. The exclusive Island Lodge is located on the private Katamura Island and is reached by a short boat ride from the main lodge. Surrounded by river channels and jackalberry trees, the four villas have private decks, open-air bathrooms, glass-walled showers, and large, cozy beds. Beyond the drama of the falls, the Zambezi is alive with various wildlife, including abundant hippopotamuses, crocodiles, African fish eagles, egrets, and herons. A sunset river cruise provides the perfect opportunity to relax while keeping an eye out for elephants and buffalo on the banks, and hippopotamuses and crocodiles emerging from the river for a breath of air.

The river breathes life into the region, with canoeing and excellent fly-fishing possible. A short mokoro ride to a local village lets guests interact with villagers as they go about their daily tasks. Guides are well educated in local customs and traditions and can provide insight into making necessities such as soap, cooking oil, and medicines from plants and herbs. Guests of Royal Chundu dine on traditional pan-African and Zambian dishes prepared by the executive chef in the intimate outdoor boma. Fresh, local ingredients bring out Zambian flavors to reflect the heritage of the region.

Established in France more than 50 years ago, Relais & Châteaux has become a renowned reference of excellence in the hotel and restaurant world. Royal Chundu is proud to be Zambia’s first Relais & Châteaux member. Royal Chundu also offers a child-friendly getaway where families can relax and play together. Children of all ages are welcome and specifically catered for in the unique Children’s Club with a scheduled daily program.

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