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Royal Chundu

Zambia's first and only Relais & Châteaux property, Royal Chundu encompasses two lodges, River Lodge and Island Lodge, both with views of the Zambezi. Ten exclusive River Lodge suites, set among the trees are nests of seclusion and peace. Royal Chundu's private setting on the Zambezi is protected by two sets of rapids, creating a quiet and peaceful environment for your getaway. The charm and secrecy of the four spacious Island Lodge villas is accentuated by its location on the private Katombora island in the middle of the river, sheltered by rapids. Royal Chundu’s tranquil hideaway celebrates romance and family, tranquility in a secluded setting, unique adventures and community empowerment. Further downstream is the roaring, thundering, smoking Victoria Falls, only nineteen miles away. Royal Chundu is a superb year-round destination, with each season bringing something unique to the Zambezi and Victoria Falls experience. 

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Room Information

Royal Chundu River Lodge holds private access to a secluded ten mile stretch of waterway, while the remote Island Lodge sits on the private Katombora Island, three miles upstream, and is bookmarked by two protective rapids.

River Lodge: The larger of Royal Chundu’s two lodges, River Lodge scatters 10 suites along the riverfront with wooden decks ensuring intimate and serene views accompanied by uninterrupted privacy. These luxurious suites gaze across the Zambezi River, and peer into neighboring Zimbabwe’s picturesque landscape. 

Island Lodge: Be transferred by boat to Katombora Island, wrapped in the watery embrace of the Zambezi. With only four spacious villas on the island, Royal Chundu’s Island Lodge illuminates tranquility, exclusivity and privacy. Refresh in the infinity pool and in the evenings relax in a riverfront bathtub - the perfect romantic getaway.


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Things To Do

For many of our guests, it's Victoria Falls that beckons them to this corner of the world. The world's largest sheet of falling water lies only nineteen miles downstream from our location on the banks of Zambia's Zambezi River, making it the perfect day tour when staying with us.

Royal Chundu’s setting places you close to this UNESCO World Heritage Site, but is removed enough to ensure the exclusivity and privacy desired by any discerning traveller. Royal Chundu is arguably the most luxurious way to experience the Falls. And with Royal Chundu, adventure meets tranquility in a unique location that unites Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The Zambezi is truly at its best when lit up at sunrise and sunset, with those fiery golds and reds, hot pinks and deep purples. The colors of dawn and dusk create the most sensational of backdrops on your guided river cruise. Board Royal Chundu’s spacious, pontoon boat and relax while our guides whisk you down one of Africa's grandest rivers, a river of myth and romance.

Lastly, what better way to watch the magically winding Zambezi River and its drop into Victoria Falls than from above in a helicopter? Get up close to the Falls while flying over the gorge - an adventure that guests always return from renewed, with stories ad infinitum. This is no doubt one of the best ways to photograph the largest sheet of falling water in the world. Royal Chundu offers guests riveting heli transfers from the airport that take you over the Falls before delivering you to our doorstep at Royal Chundu’s helipad.

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Price Guide

$ = Up to $100
$$ = $100 to $199
$$$ = $200 to $349
$$$$ = $350 to $599
$$$$$ = $600 +

Price per person, per night.