Victoria Falls - Zambia
Days 1 - 2: Victoria Falls - Zambia
Royal Chundu (meaning 'The Meeting Place of the Chief') is a destination of absolute solitude and unspoiled beauty, as well as being the first Relais & Chateaux property in Zambia. The lodge is situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, just upstream from the magnificent Victoria Falls on a 15 km stretch of private waterway which is protected by 2 sets of rapids.
Royal Chundu was created in complete harmony with its natural surroundings and embraces the tradition and geography of the area while incorporating stylish and sophisticated accommodation, world class service and sumptuous pan-African cuisine.
There's something for everyone when it comes to activities at Royal Chundu. Whether you're looking for something adventurous or for a more gentle pursuit, the lodge will help you make the most of your time here on the Zambezi. Relax in comfort at the lodge, be pampered with treatments at the Spa, experience the local culture on a village tour, canoe down the Zambezi, see the lunar rainbow at full moon or enjoy a tiger fishing expedition.
A number of activities are available at Royal Chundu itself while several, such as bungee jumping and white water rafting, are available off site. The lodge also offers excursions to the surrounding areas including a day trip to Victoria Falls or a visit to Chobe National Park. Everything can be arranged bespoke to suit you.
The accommodation offered here is in 14 beautiful suites and villas. Of these, 10 spacious suites are situated on the banks of the Zambezi at River Lodge, and 4 magnificent villas are situated at the exclusive Island Lodge, on the private Katambora island, 4 kilometres upstream from River Lodge. The suites and villas are all exquisitely decorated, reflecting a bygone era of comfort in the wild. The 'Out of Africa' experience is completed by your own private deck facing the magnificent Zambezi River.
The Royal Chundu Spa is located at River Lodge, but most guests prefer to have their treatments in their own suite, on the deck overlooking the Zambezi River.
Example Details For Royal Chundu
|Room:||1 x Island Lodge Villa|
|Includes:||All meals; tea/coffee; all drinks (excluding premium brands); return transfer from Livingstone International Airport; daily sundowner river cruise; internal activities (cruises, birding safaris, fishing, canoeing, Victoria Falls Tour, cultural tour, extra meals, transfers); and a statutory 10% service charge are included.|
Royal Chundu Location.
Check In / Check Out
Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must normally please be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.
General Information For Guests
No children unless the Island is booked exclusively.
The River Lodge Suites each have a double shower, air-conditioning, a fan, mosquito nets, mini bar, in-room safe, hairdryer, king-size bed and a generous deck with excellent views of the surroundings.
The Island Lodge Villas have spectacular decks, large open-air baths, glass-walled double showers as well as air-conditioning, a fan, mosquito nets, in-room safe, hairdryer and king-size extra-length beds.
The main area at River Lodge consists of the outdoor boma, campfire, rim flow swimming pool, TV room, library, wine cellar, gift boutique and a lounge and bar area. There is a helicopter pad.
Island Lodge consists of an open plan dining area, lounge, fireplace, viewing deck, and a rim flow swimming pool.
Activities that are available include sunset cruises, fishing, canoeing, village walks, garden tours, a tour of Victoria Falls, walks on Katombora Island and bird watching.
The Royal Chundu Spa offers a range of treatments and massages (additional cost).
Complimentary Wi-Fi and cell/mobile phone reception is available.
Days 3 - 4: Chobe River
Moving along the banks of the great Chobe River, Zambezi Queen is a 5* 42 metre long luxury houseboat offering unparalleled sophistication in one of the most remote locations on the planet. Best of all, as a guest on the vessel, you can enjoy a truly unique and adventurous river safari holiday while still being surrounded by complete comfort and elegance.
Unlike a land-based lodge, Zambezi Queen navigates roughly 25 km of the Chobe River, allowing you to explore different vantage points and enjoy unparalleled game viewing. The banks of the Chobe National Park boast one of the densest populations of elephant on the African continent. The Park is also home to a large number of buffalo, leopard and lion, along with a variety of antelope and abundant birdlife.
Once onboard, there are a range of activities on offer, so you can choose just how much you want to pack into your holiday or how relaxed you want to be. Hop on a tender river safari boat to get up close to some of the stunning wildlife, take a morning birding cruise down the river with a knowledgeable guide, go on land and explore an authentic African village with curio shopping opportunities or try your luck at catching a legendary Tiger Fish.
Each of the 14 suites on Zambezi Queen features air-conditioning and your own private balcony, where you can enjoy unobstructed views of the Chobe River and African landscape beyond. Wake up to the sight of an elephant drinking from the river, or watch a fish eagle take flight – all from the comfort of your own luxurious bed. There are 10 Standard Suites and 4 Master Suites.
On the top deck you are transported to a sophisticated leisurely space with a separate dining area, bar, rear viewing deck, intimate lounge and a large front deck with loungers and plunge pool.
Example Details For Zambezi Queen
|Room:||1 x Master Suite (2 Night Stay) - Monday and Wednesday departures only|
|Includes:||Transfers to/from Kasane Airport and Kasane Immigration; transfers to/from Kasane Immigration and the boat; all meals; all soft drinks, mineral water, tea/coffee, wines and beers; water-based game viewing and bird watching on tender boats; a land-based cultural tour of a local village; and tiger/bream fishing in season are included. PLEASE NOTE: Premium alcoholic beverages (spirits, sparking wine and dessert wine) are NOT included.|
Zambezi Queen Location.
Check In / Check Out
Rooms may be occupied between 13:00 and 16:00 on the day of arrival and must please be vacated between 08:00 and 09:30 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests - you will arrive back at Kasane Immigration Office, on the Botswana side of the Chobe River, by 10:30.
General Information For Guests
Children aged 12 years and older are welcome. From 2021, only children aged 13 years and older are welcome.
All suites have en-suite bathrooms (shower only) and full length sliding shutters for both privacy and protection from the sun. Hair dryers, toiletries, gowns and slippers are provided for your comfort, while the electronic safes in each room are ideal for storing your valuables. All suites also have air-conditioning and your own private balcony.
The Master Suites are slightly bigger in size, and have larger balconies that house 2 deckchairs and a table, and also feature both side and front sliding doors for a truly panoramic view of your surroundings.
The bar on the upper deck is open until 22:00 and stocks a selection of local and imported spirits, wine and beers. Included in your accommodation rates are all locally sourced wines, beers, soft drinks and water, while spirits, sparkling wine and dessert wine are for your own account.
Also on the upper deck of Zambezi Queen you’ll find the dining room and a comfortable lounge with unobstructed views of the unique African landscape that surrounds you. There is also a plunge pool with inviting sun loungers.
Activities available include game viewing by tender boat, bird watching, cultural village walks and tiger and bream fishing (strictly catch and release basis).
Credit cards are accepted (MasterCard and Visa).
All guests are required to sign an Indemnity Form upon check-in.
PLEASE NOTE: The Zambezi Queen operates on the Chobe River, which is a natural border between Botswana and Namibia. The Zambezi Queen is based on the Namibian side of the Chobe River. In order to board the boat, you will need to exit Botswana and enter Namibia. The Zambezi Queen team will arrange all boat transfers required, and the process will take around 30-45 minutes from the time of arrival in Kasane. Guests will firstly be taken to the Kasane Immigration Office where they formally exit Botswana, and then will take a 5-10 minute boat transfer to Impalila Island on the Namibian side of the river, where guests will go through Namibian passport control to officially enter Namibia. Please note there is a 250m walk to the passport control office, and assistance is available if required. Please arrive in comfortable walking shoes. After your passport has been stamped, you will take a short boat ride to the Zambezi Queen to begin your Chobe River adventure. PLEASE NOTE: Some nationalities do not require a visa to enter Namibia. Other nationalities require a visa BUT ONLY certain nationalities can obtain a Namibia visa at Impalila Island so please check the Namibian Visa Information for further details to find out more about which nationalities this applies to, otherwise you will need to arrange your visa prior to travel.
Days 5 - 8: Okavango Delta
Sanctuary Chief's Camp is a luxury bush camp situated on Chief's Island in the exclusive Mombo Concession of the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana. In this "predator capital of Africa", wild dog, lion, cheetah and leopard abound, and guests enjoy exceptional opportunities to interact with this amazing environment. Since the introduction of white rhino into the area, this is the only place in Botswana where these magnificent animals can be seen in their natural environment.
Game viewing opportunities include daily excursions in open-sided 4x4 vehicles and quiet mokoro excursions along narrow Delta channels during the flood season (subject to water levels). Expert guides are always on hand to offer a wealth of wildlife knowledge to help you make the most of these wonderful game viewing opportunities. Chief's Camp has, however, been so skillfully integrated into the landscape that guests can often view game without even leaving camp!
The main lodge area houses the dining area, curio shop, library and reception area. There is also an exquisite swimming pool and a range of spa treatments are offered by the beauty therapist in a poolside treatment sala (high season only). All this combined with first-class dining and wines regularly earns the camp rankings among the world’s top safari destinations from arbiters such as Condé Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure.
The 10 secluded, luxury bush pavilions are designed for ultimate privacy and comfort, and to offer you a front row seat for this rich and rewarding African adventure. Each pavilion features a thatched roof, spacious seating area, en-suite facilities with indoor and outdoor shower, as well as a private game viewing deck with hammock and deck chairs.
For thoe looking for the utmost privacy, the Geoffrey Kent Suite sleeps up to 6 - with each guest treated like royalty. Named after the explorer Geoffrey Kent, and inspired by this award-winning photographer and polo-playing philanthropist’s intrepid travels, you will find characterful interiors as well as a kitchen, indoor lounge, private boma and secluded deck areas. Included in the perks of this luxurious suite is your own vehicle and dedicated guide, as well as a personal chef, waiter and a housekeeper.
Example Details For Chief's Camp
|Room:||1 x Luxury Thatched Tent|
|Includes:||All meals; all alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (except premium brands); shared game view activities; and Park fees are included.
Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.
Chief's Camp Location.
Check In / Check Out
Rooms may normally be occupied between 11:30 and 13:30 on the day of arrival and must please be vacated between 10:30 and 11:30 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.
General Information For Guests
Children aged 9 years and older are welcome.
The rooms are all en-sute and have air conditioning, a fan, personal safe, private deck, hair dryer, mini bar (complimentary), tea/coffee making facilities, indoor and outdoor showers, and complimentary W-Fi. Room service is also available.
The Geoffrey Kent Suite sleeps up to 6 people and has a private kitchen, indoor lounge, private bomo and seculude deck areas, as well as a private game viewing vehicle and dedicated guide plus a personal chef, waiter and housekeeper.
The main area has a bar, restaurant, library, TV room, gym, swimming pool, spa and internet access (complimentary).
The activites available at Chief's Camp include morning and afternoon game drives and mokoro excursions.
Scenic helicopter flights can be arranged on request (additional cost). There is the option of the doors being removed for unrestricted photographic opportunities. Choose between 30, 45 or 60 minute tour in a single piston engine Robinson r44 helicopter with 3 seats. We would recommend early morning and late afternoon flights as these times usually provide the best light for photography. Preferred flight times can be requested on booking.
The camp offers a complimentary laundry service.
Visa and Mastercard credit cards are accepted.
A babysitting service is available.
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