Great way to experience the mighty Zambezi River

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Zambezi river, Zambia

Royal Chundu

  • See the Victoria falls as a bird on a helicopter ride
  • A child-friendly getaway
  • Enjoy the daily sundowner river cruise

Facilities include

WIFI Child friendly Swimming pool Spa treatments Room safe

Activities include

  • Birding
  • Fishing
  • Canoeing
  • Sunset Cruises
  • Cultural visits
  • Private picnics
  • Helicopter Flights
  • Children's activities
  • Photographic river safari
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About

About Royal Chundu

Royal Chundu, which means ‘meeting place of the chief’, is a haven of quiet solitude and untouched beauty where guests and Africa live in harmony for a special moment in time. Together with the support of the communities, Royal Chundu strives to enhance the conservation and unspoiled beauty of this land, river and its islands, ensuring it will be enjoyed by future generations. Family-owned and run, Royal Chundu comprises two lodges on the banks of the Zambezi, just upstream from the Victoria Falls.
Experience celebrations such as the parrotfish migration up the Zambezi river and immerse yourself in the culture of the local communities who call the surrounding riverbanks home. Experience the very best that Zambia has to offer with a variety of tours, from helicopter flights and canoeing, to Katombora island walks and sunset cruises. Royal Chundu offers a true African experience for its guests by providing their own private sanctuary in the heart of Africa.

Practical info

Practical info

Location

The Royal Chundu is located on the banks of Zambezi river, lying 30km downstream for Victoria Falls. The setting of Royal Chundu truly places the guests within arm's reach of this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site, but yet the location is still removed enough to ensure privacy and exclusivity for its guests. Royal Chundu offers one of the most luxurious ways to experience the falls and is uniquely positioned in a location uniting Zambia and Zimbabwe.

How to get there

Royal Chundu is set some 30 kilometres upstream from the Victoria Falls and 50 kilometres from Livingstone International Airport in Zambia. 

Closest Airport: Livingstone International Airport (LVI)

Arriving and Departing
A lodge representative meets all guests at Livingstone International upon arrival, to transfer them in a private, air-conditioned minibus to River Lodge (45 – 50 minutes). Island Lodge is followed by a short boat trip (5 – 10 minutes). The transfer to Livingstone International Airport departs each lodge according to flight times. We can also collect guests from Kasane Airport (BBK) and Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) for an additional transfer cost.


Driving
From Kazungula – Turn right to go to Livingstone and continue for about 10 km were you will see the Royal Chundu board on the right side of the road. Turn right and follow the boards to the lodge for 11km.

From Livingstone – Take the road to Katima Mililo (Nakatindi Road) continue for about 50km and the Royal Chundu board will be on your left hand side. Turn left and follow the boards for 11km to the lodge.

From the Victoria Falls border post – Drive into Livingstone town (about 8km) on Mosi-oa-Tunnya road. Opposite the Shoprite Mall take the Nakatindi Road to your left. Take that road for about 50km and you will see the Royal Chundu board on your left. Turn left and follow the boards for 11km to the lodge.

Flying
Daily flights run from Johannesburg to Livingstone airports on carriers: British Airways, Kulula and South African Airways. Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat direct flights run from Nelspruit (MQP/KMIA) to Livingstone on SA Airlink.

Transfers
A return transfer between Living stone International Airport and the Lodge is included in the accommodation packaged rates. Any alternative transfer can be arranged with central reservations at an additional cost. A lodge representative will meet all guests at Livingstone International Airport.

When to go

Royal Chundu is a great year-round destination, with each season bringing something unique to the Zambezi experience. 

October is the hottest month when the river is at its lowest ebb. The river is usually at its fullest in May. In June see shooting stars through the magnificent African night sky. In July and August you might be lucky enough to see the Parrot Fish Run – an incredible natural spectacle.

The Zambezi is at its fullest between February and July, and peaks between March and April. The rise in water level creates a magnificent spray from the Falls, with superior rainbows worth an ogle. At the Zambezi’s lowest, between August and January and between November and early December, there is little spray, but a better view of the Falls’ full geological form.

Temperatures on the Zambezi River are relatively mild, generally between 64⁰ and 86⁰F (18⁰ and 30⁰C). Winter runs from May to July and is cool and dry, with temperatures around 68⁰F (20⁰C). August to October, temperatures rise excessively, often reaching 104⁰F (40⁰C). November to April is rainy season with relief coming from occasional clear skies between downpours.

Important Information

Money
Zambia’s local currency is the Kwacha (ZKW). The US Dollar (USD) and the SA Rand (ZAR) are widely accepted in the country and for your convenience, at Royal Chundu accept MasterCard and Visa Credit Cards. Always travel with some smaller value notes for ease of transaction

Visas/Passports
South African residents and SADEC passport holders do not need a visa, but require a valid passport to enter Zambia. All non-SADEC passport holders require a visa to enter Zambia. Visas can be purchased upon arrival at Livingstone at US$ 50 per visa. It is however recommended that a dual-entry visa is purchased at a cost of US$ 80 to allow one to either enter Zimbabwe or Botswana for some of the activities. Certain countries are NOT permitted to obtain visas at the port of entry and must therefore apply in advance to a Zambian Mission or directly to the Chief Immigration Officer at Immigration headquarters in Lusaka, Zambia.

What to Pack
The dress code for dinner is smart casual. It’s a good idea to pack a light jacket in summer and a thick jacket in winter. A waterproof light raincoat is recommended when visiting the Victoria Falls during high water months. Sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended all year round. Binoculars and cameras for birding and game viewing are an added bonus.
 
Malaria Prevention
Zambia is a malaria area. It is advised that you use malaria prophylaxis and consult your doctor or pharmacist regarding recommended brands. Insect repellent is provided in the Royal Chundu suites and public areas and all suites are furnished with mosquito nets. Herbal malaria prophylaxis, Demal 200, is a safe malaria treatment for children.

Climate
Temperatures on the Zambezi River are relatively mild, generally between 64° and 86° F (18° and 30° C). Winter runs from May to July and is cool and dry, with temperatures around 68° F (20° C). August to October, temperatures rise excessively, with October being our hottest month, often reaching 104° F (40° C). November to April is rainy season with relief coming from occasional clear skies between downpours.

Children

Travelling with children

Children of all ages are welcome at Royal Chundu and specifically catered for in our unique Children’s Club with a scheduled daily programme. Both the River Lodge and Island Lodge suites can sleep two adults sharing with two children. Please note that at Island Lodge children are only allowed when the lodge is hired on an exclusive-use basis. Upon arrival, your guide will discuss activity options with you, considering family size, children’s ages and weather. Each of your young ones will receive a special River Safari Adventure Pack. A welcoming treasure hunt will help familiarise them with our staff and surroundings, allowing you peace of mind throughout your stay. Parents are welcome to join their children in the activities or to relax while our Chundu River Guides or Child Minders take over the supervising.

Our Kids Adventure Passport includes:
- Sunset cruise; fishing tag and release from deck, canoe or boat
- Cosmic safari (astronomy)
- Insect and butterfly capture and release; birding and frog safaris
- Leaf and flower pressing
- Viluber-royal-chundu/lage life lessons and Chundu chefs’ cooking lessons
- Guide quiz, certification and prize-giving
- Lodge Facilities For Children: Rim flow pool; Lounge with television, DVD’s, wildlife shows and Wii Games; Fun board games and puzzles and a selection of entertaining and educational children’s books; and life jackets for water activities

Special Notes
- All swimming activities must be supervised by parents at all times. Child minding is done by lodge staff and can be arranged with reservations prior to arrival at an additional cost. Chundu Children’s Club activities and participation are subject to length of stay and River Guide availability.
- Please ensure that all children bring good walking shoes, a large hat, sunscreen and any medicine needed for allergies.
- All the above activities are free, subject to booking the fully inclusive package. Guests on the exclusive package will be charged an additional $50 per child.

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