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“O Zambezi!”

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Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma
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Sydney, Australia
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“O Zambezi!”
Reviewed 13 May 2012

We stayed at Sussi and Chuma for three nights in April 2012 and we loved it. The riverside setting is literally waterfront and utterly magnificent. It was the first of four Sanctuary resorts that we stayed at in Zambia and Botswana and we found them all to be excellent.
The greeting was warm and friendly and Arnold went out of his way to ensure that everything was just right. We had two cabins (11 and 12), both at the far end of the property with a beautiful view over the Zambezi river. At night time, you could hear the hippo's calling and thumping around outside, but the huts and walkways are raised reasonably high above the ground, so there's nothing to worry about. (The monkeys are the sneaky ones : ))
The cabins were comfortable and very pleasant, with a large open plan bathroom. The private decks look over the river and are a lovely spot to spend the afternoon reading and relaxing between activities.
Sussi and Chuma is a game lodge, rather than a hotel (such as the Royal Livingstone) and as such, it offers game drives and river safaris, rather than pony rides on the lawns (like the Livingstone. : )) Our travel agent suggested that we would prefer the game lodge rather than the hotel, and she was absolutely right)
Having already had a week of constant game drives in South Africa, we took it a bit easier at Sussi and Chuma and decided to take advantage of the river location and do water safaris. They were fabulous. Excellent game viewing, despite the fact that the river was still in flood and flowing incredibly fast. Elephants were plentiful and it was quite amazing to see them swimming right across the river from Zimbabwe, periscopes up! There were plenty of hippo, the occasional croc and lots of birdlife. If you are an enthusuastic photographer, the sunsets here are simply beautiful.
The lodge itself is comfortable with open air dining and plenty of places to relax. The staff were wonderful and very pleasant throughout our stay. The food was excellent and varied with plenty of local options as well as the standard fare. The chef is a regular visitor at the tables and brings lots of amusing stories and anecdotes with him as well as great meals. He is personality plus and we always looked forward to his visit each evening.
The pool cabana is right on the rivers edge, but raised well above the water and the nearby bar is an excellent place to catch up with other travellers and enjoy a sundowner or two...or three.
Surprisingly, the mozzies weren't too bad here. I would recommend that you wear repellant to dinner though as they do like the lower deck area.
We didn't do any land-based game drives here, but instead chose a few outside activities to amuse the teenagers, such as walking with the lions and an elephant safari, both of which were suprisingly good fun. Of course, a trip to Victoria falls is a must. Its something never to be forgotten (we just dont get that much water in Australia!) but dont forget the raincoats! We followed this with morning tea at the Royal Livingstone (just for curiosity's sake)
Our guide, Elijah was excellent and also accompanied us on a trip to Nakatindi village which is a local village sponsored bySanctuary Resorts - quite an experience for our teenagers, but very enlightening too. A tour of Livingstone was also an interesting experience.
Sussi and Chuma is a very pleasant detour from the standard game camps and is well worth a visit. We will be back again, I'm sure.

Room Tip: 11 and 12 are at the end of the camp, and so are a little way away from the main lodge. Go for lower...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 10 May 2012

Sussi and Chuma was a magnificent setting right on the mighty Zambezi river. The game viewing was not as abundant as what we had in Botswana, but Sussi and Chuma definitely offered some unique experiences- our first rhino siting, Vic Falls, and a village tour which was an eye opener for our two teen age boys. S&C guides were friendly and knowledgeable and helped us to meet our ambitious itinerary. This was a quiet resort, we often felt we were the only guests.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Bethlehem, South Africa
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Reviewed 6 May 2012

An experience of a life time. The setting is beautiful. Room 12 is definitely " a room with a view". The hippos were sleeping next to our room at night.The service was outstanding and the food perfect, even a elephant came for supper. The staff was very well trained, the service excellent and we were greeted by name. The activities were special and seeing the white rhino a bonus. The visit to the village gave us an insight in the way the local people live and I think a must for everybody who visit Sussi & Chuma. The visit to the falls was the highlight of our visit and the falls is totally awesome.
Thank you for everything. We will definetly be back!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Durban
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Reviewed 29 April 2012

We were absolutely blown away by this river lodge! The setting is beautiful, the service outstanding and the food perfect. The emphasis is on personalised service, and all the staff make an effort to greet you by name from day 1. They went out of their way to ensure that we got to do what WE wanted to do. My husband is a keen birder, and got to go on three personalised birding outings in three days, seeing 97 species. At this time of the year the Zambezi is very full, so the river setting was absolutely beautiful. The Falls were every bit as awesome as we had been led to believe, although the spray tended to hide a lot of the view. Be prepared for a proper soaking. We went to both sides of the falls. We hope to return to this very special place, possibly at a different time of the year to experience the falls when the water level is slightly lower.

Room Tip: All the rooms were lovely.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 3 April 2012

It was the best 24 hours in the Livingstone: great room, wonderful personalized service.. complimentary safari and a river trip were unforgettable.

Breakfast was delicious, sw. pool could be bigger, but as there was nobody else around us - it didn't matter much. I guess we were lucky to have a group of hippos on the other side of the river as a perfect view from the pool.

We stayed at the Royal Livingstone the night before (to see the falls) and headed to Botswana to see more animals the day after - the best way to see this part of Africa.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Livingstone, Zambia
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Reviewed 1 April 2012

I went there for sundowners and the ambience is perfect....service amicable.

The lodge is very tranquil

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 March 2012

Super introduction to Africa. Falls were amazing and the game we saw was an added bonus. Our guide (Junior) was great and had a wicked sense of humour. Lunch on an island on the Zambezi was a fabulous touch! We liked the fact that the guides joined us for pre-dinner drinks which was a good opportunity to meet other guests. Seeing my first hippo was magical and Sundowners on the Zambezi will be a lasting memory. Thanks!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma
Address: Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Livingstone 0100, Zambia
Region: Zambia > Southern Province > Livingstone
Amenities:
Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 84 Speciality Lodging in Livingstone
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The stunning main area an elevated bar, superb wine cellar, lounge and open air dining area, curio shop and swimming pool. Full English and continental breakfast is served and high tea is available on request. The elegant shaded deck offers fantastic bird's eye views across the river. And last but not least, when all the excitement of the day has caught up, a revitalising spa treatment is the order of the day. Sussi Tree Houses: Twelve luxury tree houses are built into the canopy of majestic ebony trees lining the river bank. The air-conditioned rooms all with their own private viewing deck boast superb views over the white waters of the Zambezi. And if the fancy takes you, enjoy a private dinner on your deck, while the sounds of the bush provide enchanting background music. Chuma Houses: The two private Chuma Houses are perfect for families with young children. Each house has two en suite bedrooms, a spacious lounge and dining area and private plunge pool. Each of the houses also come with their own private chef, house staff, guide and private vehicle for activities for the duration of their stay. ... more   less 
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