Sanctuary Sussi and Chuma
Just a short drive away from the world famous Victoria Falls, Sanctuary Sussi and Chuma is built on a dramatic bend in the Zambezi. The main lodge includes twelve tree houses connected by stilted wooden walkways. There are also two luxurious houses available, ideal for family groups.
Sanctuary Sussi nad Chuma is named after explorer David Livingstone’s two faithful companions who carried his body all way back to England from where he died in Zambia.
The lodge itself is an exclusive haven in the heart of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, which in addition to the mighty roar of the Victoria Falls, also boasts a wide variety of game as well as countless opportunities for adventure – the perfect combination for a Zambia safari adventure.
The main lodge is built on two levels, perched in giant ebony trees overlooking the Zambezi. You can relax in the swimming pool or the treatment room, or enjoy a drink in the elevated bar. In terms of accommodation there are twelve air-conditioned tree houses, connected by wooden walkways. Each tree house enjoys superb views over the river and is an open plan room with shower, bathtub, vanity area and private toilet. In addition, there are two private houses available, each with two bedrooms, their own dining areas and decks with plunge pools, and their own chefs and house staff.
You can relax while enjoying a massage at the day spa overlooking the Zambezi river.
One of the greatest attractions in Africa and one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, Victoria Falls is located on the Zambezi River, the fourth largest river in Africa, which forms the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The noise of Victoria Falls can be heard from a distance of 25 miles (40 kilometres), while the spray and mist from the falling water is rising to a height of over 1,200 ft (400 meters) and can be seen from a distance of 34 miles (50 kilometres). No wonder that the local tribes used to call the waterfall Mosi-o-Tunya or “the smoke that thunders”.
Victoria Falls is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the citizens of both Zambia and Zimbabwe no longer have fear of the “the smoke that thunders”, and are successfully developing the tourism on both sides of the river.
The water level varies throughout the year; it is at its peak in April, at the end of the rainy season when on average 500 million litres of water flow and it is at its lowest level in October and early November.
During the dry season the water level in the Zambezi River drops sharply, and it becomes possible to walk through some parts of the waterfall. However, during the rest of the year Victoria Falls is a roaring machine that amazes you with its power.
Zimbabwe has most of the best views, especially in the drier months. Zambia has most of the best lodges. One special vantage point in Zambia is across the Knife-edge Bridge, where you can have the finest view of the Eastern Cataract and the Main Falls as well as the Boiling Pot, where the river turns and heads down the Batoka Gorge. Other vantage points include the Falls Bridge, Devils Pool (where it is possible to swim on the edge of the falls!) and the Lookout Tree, both of which command panoramic views across the Main Falls.
Other activities in this area include:
Flights over the Falls – by helicopter or microlight
White Water Rafting
Village volunteering – on the Zambian side is where our main volunteering projects are located