Royal Chundu River Lodge

Victoria Falls, Zambia

At a Glance

  • First and only Relais&Chateau property in Zambia

  • Private stretch of Zambezi riverbank

  • Island Lodge and River Lodge offer a different experience with the same high levels of service

  • Only 30km upstream from the Victoria Falls in a quiet and private location

  • Enjoy all the wide variety of activities offered on and around the Zambezi

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There are two very distinct seasons at the Victoria Falls, the wet/flood season and the dry season. These seasons do not reflect the quantity of rain, rather reflect the volume of flow of the Zambezi River. From around March through to July the river surges in size as the rainfall in Angola and Zambia from months before swells the current. The falls are at their most dramatic at this time of year with huge columns of spray. The nights are cold and the days warm at this time of year. From around September to January the water levels drop, the falls are more accessible and views are clearer as the flow can drop in volume by 90%. It is worth noting that the rains come from late October through to February, this combined with high heat, 40 celcius or more, in October and November, causes high levels of humidity.

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The attention to detail here is top notch complete with Persian rugs and directors chairs on the boat!

Call us on 020 3993 5269 to start planning your holiday to Royal Chundu River Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Zambia


Royal Chundu is set on the bank of the mighty Zambezi River, 30km upstream from the Victoria Falls. This Relais&Chateau lodge offers luxurious riverfront suites with private decks, a large swimming pool and a tranquil setting.

Royal Chundu is the only lodge on the banks of the Zambezi River in the area around the Victoria Falls to enjoy its very own stretch of private riverbank. Just 30km upstream from the falls, the lodge combines an excellent location to enable guests to enjoy the variety of activities available in the area, but also to relax in this magical location with the mighty Zambezi at your feet.

There are two lodges at Royal Chundu, River Lodge consists of just ten riverside villas, 4km upstream on Katombora Island is Island Lodge with just four villas - a great option for families and groups of friends to take over on an exclusive basis.

This is the first and still the only Zambian lodge to have Relais & Chateau status, as part of this exclusive club of worldwide properties, you can be sure that the staff and service levels are of the highest quality.

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This Relais and Chateaux lodge is positioned right on the rivers edge with ten rooms set on stilts over the river. Royal Chundu is one of the more luxurious options along the Zambian side of the Zambezi and it is positioned furthest from the falls, approximately an hours drive but this does mean you have the luxury of a totally private view onto the Zimbabwean side of the river without any boats or canoes going past your room. This is also a great option for families and the spacious rooms can easily fit a family of four. They also run a great childrens program to keep the kids entertained.


  • Dinner on the Livingstone Express

    Dine onboard the Livingstone Express, a vintage train, offering guests the chance to travel in style, discover the mighty Victoria Falls at sunset and enjoy fine dining with a difference.

Holiday Ideas

  • Limitless Zambia

    Victoria Falls, Liuwa Plain National Park, Kafue National Park

    inc flights & transfers for 10 nights

    • Plunge straight into the remote Zambian wilderness, staying at the unique river hideaway lodge, the only one of its kind along the Zambezi
    • Travel by private helicopter as you soak up this remote area of Zambia all in ultimate luxury
    • Be spoilt with day and night game drives and capture the spectacle of the wildebeest migration

Location & directions

Victoria Falls, Zambia

Royal Chundu is located on a private stretch of the Zambezi River, 30km upstream from the Victoria Falls.

How to get there

There are numerous access points, if you are flying from a Zambian or South African safari then collection will be from Livingstone Airport. If coming from Zimbabwe you will be driven across the Victoria Falls bridge linking the two countries. It is also easy to arrange collection from Kasane Airport in Botswana.

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