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An island lodge offering the perfect blend of island-style vacationing and African safari experiences
Chundu Island is situated 21kms from Victoria Falls within the Zambezi National Park
Just 21 kilometres upstream from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe lies Chundu Island, a spectacular island located on the mighty Zambezi River. Chundu Island is a teardrop-shaped island and is approximately 1.4 kilometres long and at its widest point, it is approximately 0.4 kilometres. This is the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy everything that Zimbabwe has to offer.
The main lodge is wrapped around enchanting trees and boasts the most magnificent views of the Zambezi River. Adjacent to the reception area is the Island Shop where guests can enjoy a bit of shopping and possibly take a few curios and island treasures home.
The heart of the property lies within its expansive reception, lounge, bar, inter-leading swimming pool deck and indoor/outdoor dining area. Each of these spots boast stunning views and idyllic sunsets, guests are always spoilt for choice. With Ilala palm style roofs, wooden decking, wood and double skin canvas Chundu Island illustrates a contemporary crisp and clean style.
Wine enthusiasts will enjoy the expansive Wine Cellar which hosts a selection of fine wines from South Africa. Sip on an aromatic Sauvignon Blanc, crisp Chardonnay or a beautiful Champagne whilst taking in the views from the pool deck. Evening meals are accompanied by full-bodied Merlot, robust Cabernet Sauvignon or flamboyant Pinotage wines.
The bar area overlooks the main deck and is home to Chundu Islands finest cocktails. Guests can enjoy refreshing Mojitos while relaxing in the pool and overlooking the river and seasonal beach.
‘Seychelles meets Zambezi’ is the best way to describe the 8 spacious suites at Chundu Island. The suites are sheltered by majestic trees bordering the island banks along the Zambezi River. This is the ideal destination for relaxing whilst taking in the sounds of nature.
There are 6 River View Suites each accommodating two persons. These suites are configured with either a super king or twin beds. The open-plan suite has an en-suite bathroom with a freestanding bath and a private outdoor shower. Each suite has its own private deck with a day bed and seating area overlooking the Zambezi River allowing for a tranquil space for guests to relax and enjoy a cocktail or a cup of coffee and immerse themselves on the surroundings.
Situated on the other side of the lodge are 2 Family River View Suites which are configured with either a Super King or Twin Beds and have a separate second bedroom with two beds for children.
There is one open-plan en-suite bathroom with a freestanding bath and private outdoor shower. Each suite has its own private deck with a daybed and seating area overlooking the Zambezi River allowing for ample space for you to enjoy some family time away from the Main Lodge should you wish to do so.
Things to do at Chundu Island
Safari Walks - A skilled armed guide will accompany you either in the early morning or late afternoon through the Zambezi National Park as you take in all the wonders of nature. Keep an eye out for some of the larger animals that populate the area, including elephant, warthog, a variety of antelope, buffalo, lion and even the elusive leopard.
Canoeing - Paddle down the mighty Zambezi for a couple of hours under the watchful eye of a qualified river guide. Comfortable and steady inflatable canoes seat two, making it a wonderful activity for a couple to share. Look out for elephants drinking from the shore, and of course hippos and crocodiles.
Safari Game Drives - Chundu Island offers both early morning and late afternoon safari drives conducted in specially adapted open Landcruisers, with experienced and qualified guides. In the interests of conservation, Chundu Island Management are committed to a no off-road driving policy. Safari drives take place in the Zambezi National Park, which together with the Victoria Falls National Park extends over an area of 56 000 hectares.
Helicopter Flips - View the Falls from the sky with an invigorating helicopter flip over the Victoria Falls and Zambezi National Park. Speak to the Reservations team to enquire about availability.
Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Teas & coffees
Soft drinks, house wines & local beers & spirits
2 activities per day - (excl. entrance fee & guided tour).
Road transfers from Zambezi National Park gate/Zambezi House to Chundu Island twice a day at set times (12pm & 3pm) and drop-off at Zambezi House at appr. 10:30am.
Basic laundry (hand wash, dry & fold)
Being reachable only by boat, it's an ideal place to escape the tourist hordes. The ambience is rightfully soothing, and we love the laid-back look and feel of the private suites sheltered by the riverine trees which dot the island banks.
The serene and intimate location of Chundu is its top-selling feature. Since it is only 21km from Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwean side, it's perfect for those looking for a secluded Victoria Falls safari setting close to this iconic waterfall.
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