Sussi & Chuma


Sussi & Chuma is built on a dramatic bend of the Zambezi River in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, twelve kilometres upstream from the world-famous Victoria Falls.

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Sussi & Chuma Overview

Named after Dr. David Livingstone’s faithful friends Sussi and Chuma, the lodge is located in one of the most beautiful parts of the Zambezi amidst Jackalberry trees and Phoenix palms, providing unrivaled views and exclusivity.

Accommodation is in twelve Sussi tree-houses, connected by wooden walkways. There are also two private Chuma houses, each with two bedrooms.

Sussi & Chuma Tree Houses

Twelve luxury tree houses are built into the canopy of majestic ebony trees lining the river bank and connected by wooden walkways. 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.

Sussi & 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 and house staff as well as a private vehicle and guide. Facilities include air conditioning, mosquito nets, hair dryer, room safe and mini bar. Ensuite facilities include a bath and in-door shower. The main lodge building features a raised bar, lounge area and deck, open air dining area, curio shop and swimming pool.


6 Jan – 14 Jun / 1 Nov – 20 Dec
Tree House650650325
Chuma House (2-3 people)8901780
Chuma House (Min 4 people sharing)790

15 Jun – 31 Oct / 21 Dec – 5 Jan
Tree House7201080360
Chuma House (2-3 people)9901980
Chuma Houses (Min 4 people sharing)890

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:
• Our rates are per person per night unless we note differently
• All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
• Our best rates for accommodation are available in our customized packages

Sussi & Chuma Inclusions

• Accommodation
• All meals
• All drinks (excluding premium brands)
• Park fees
• Laundry
• Emergency medical evacuation
• Two daily shared game viewing activities. These include a tour of Victoria Falls on the Zambian side, game drives in the National Park, sundowner cruise, local school and village tour, walking safari, fishing and canoeing excursions
• Return shared transfer to and from Livingstone Airport to the lodge

Sussi & Chuma Exclusions

• Premium alcoholic drinks
• Additional activities
• Heritage Fee when doing a Tour of the Falls
• Gratuities to driver / guides and staff
• All items of a personal nature, telephone calls and curio shop purchases
• Private vehicle and guide

Sussi & Chuma Amenities

• Bath tub
• Private viewing deck
• Mini-bar
• Mosquito nets
• Overhead fans
• Hairdryer

Sussi & Chuma Facilities

• WiFi
• Pool
• Bar
• Spa
• Laundry service

Sussi & Chuma Activities

The Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is one of Zambia’s smallest parks, but provides loads of game viewing including an array of birds. The park has a relaxed atmosphere due to the lack of predators. Guests may also be lucky enough to see a rare sighting of the wild dogs that on occasion pass through the park. Key wildlife include: elephant, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, wild dog, impala, crocodile, hippo, baboon, vervet monkey
Game Drives:
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is set on the edge of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Here the highly trained safari guides take guests on game drives in custom-built 4 x 4 safari vehicles to see plains game.
Canoeing on the Zambezi:
Guests have the opportunity to enjoy a two hour canoeing excursion on the Zambezi River. The canoeing trip can be done in the morning or afternoon. The activity will start from the lodge and can be combined with either a game drive or a boat cruise. Canoeing is offered all year but is weather dependent. Dry bags will be provided for valuables. Minimum age is 15 years.
Tour of the Victoria Falls – Zambia side:
Just a short drive away from the world famous Victoria Falls, the lodge offers guests a walking tour of The Falls. The Falls make a constant roar and are accompanied by a cloud of brilliant spray where the mile-wide Upper Zambezi falls 300 feet into the Lower Zambezi.
Walking Safaris:
There can be few more thrilling ways to experience and understand African wildlife, the bush and ecosystem as a whole than by being on foot on a walking safari. Guests will also be accompanied by an armed National Parks ranger. Walking safaris last about two hours and are conducted at a leisurely pace. Morning walks will depart at 6:30 am and will include a break with tea, coffee and snacks. The afternoon walk will commence at 16:00 and finish at a special sundowner spot where guests will be served drinks and canapés while enjoying the magnificent sunset.
Sundowner Cruise:
A Zambezi River cruise is a great way to spend a few hours before drifting back to the lodge, a warm shower and delicious dinner. Sanctuary Retreats’ boats are specially designed and the guide will take the boat through a series of grade 2 rapids before finding a spot to beach for a break and a sunset cocktail. Local school & village tour: Nakatindi village is located 6km from Livingstone and 5km from Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma. Village scouts and guides will show guests around the village. This village comprises of around 6,000 people who live in simple mud and brick houses. To the edge of the village sits the Nakatindi Community School, which is responsible for the education of its 744 children where at least 50% of them are orphaned or considered vulnerable.
The fishing season generally opens on 1st March each year. It closes annually from the 1st December until March. (This is the local Fisheries’ regulations and it is enforced by the Zambian Wildlife Authority.) All fishing is on a strict “Catch and Release” policy as we are in the national park. Fishing can either be from the river bank in front of the lodge; however it is preferable to go out on the river in a boat as it is a safety risk to fish off the river bank because of the crocodiles. Sussi and Chuma’s 3 boats are used for fishing as well as other activities. Guests specifically wanting to do fishing should ideally request and pay for a private boat for fishing. That said we will be happy to accommodate fishermen as best as we can. Please note, on a full camp, all boats are used for the evening sunset cruise.

Additional Activities

Flight of Angels:
The Flight of Angels offers the opportunity to fly over the Falls in a helicopter for unrivalled views. While we cannot guarantee that you will see any game, the following species can often be seen from the air: elephant, buffalo, hippo, crocodile and giraffe. Guests can choose from a 15 or 30 minute flight, minimum 2 and maximum 6 participants, starting from the helipad at Maramba Aerodome.
Livingstone Island visits:
A Livingstone Island visit begins with a thrilling ride through the channels of the Zambezi in twin-engine boats. During the guided exploration of the island you will learn about its long history, from ancient times, to the present day, as a protected World Heritage Site. After the tour, relax and enjoy refreshments under the shade of our canopied dining area with a view of the Falls. Those who are keen can even brave the waters of this mighty river in the island’s very own bathing pool, which forms each year amongst the rocks along the edge of the Falls. The activity lasts about one and a half hours with about one hour fifteen minutes on the island.
Tour of the Falls (Zimbabwe side):
Transfer time from the lodge to the entrance of the Falls in Zimbabwe is approximately half an hour, depending on border formalities. From here, the guide will escort guests around the Falls sharing some facts and history along the way. Sanctuary Retreats will supply raincoats during high water months when guests are likely to get wet from the spray of the Falls. The walk is approximately 1 and a half hours in duration (3km), through the rainforest, stopping at various viewing points. Guests are advised to wear appropriate clothing and shoes for the walk, as well as suitable waterproof protection for camera equipment.
White water rafting:
The rapids on the Zambezi are defined as “Grade 5” by the British Canoe Union. You will be met in the reception area of the lodge from where you transfer to the Zambezi Waterfront, check-in, sign an indemnity and be given a briefing before departing on a half day white water rafting experience. The white water rafting finishes at rapid 10 where the truck will be waiting with cold drinks and beers for the journey back to Zambezi Waterfront at 12.30 / 1.00pm in time for lunch. After lunch, you will be transferred back to the lodge. Water is provided throughout the day. No children under 15 years are allowed to participate. Guests have the option of choosing from full day, low water or full day, high water white river rafting.
Spa treatments:
Guests staying at Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma are able to indulge in a range of spa treatments – including massages, facials and manicures – while enjoying spectacular views over the Zambezi River. Additional activities are at an additional cost and can be pre-booked or booked while guests are in camp.


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