Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma
Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Livingstone
Owned by Abercrombie & Kent
Date of Creation
Hotel General Manager
5-star Luxury lodge
Sanctuary Retreats was born in Africa with the launch of our first luxury safari camp, Sanctuary Olonana, in Kenya, in 1999. Today, the Sanctuary Retreats portfolio of luxury safari lodges and river cruise ships brings a much wider choice of our boutique adventure than ever before – but our standards remain the same. We promise adventure, enchantment and ‘Luxury, naturally’, all delivered with a quiet, understated charm and understanding of place.
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma
History & Story
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma, is named after Dr. David Livingstone’s loyal servants, Sussi and Chuma. They carried his body from Chitambo village in Western Zambia where he died, to Tanzania from where his body was shipped back to England, both Sussi & Chuma travelled to London to attend his funeral at Westminster Abbey. David Livingstone was the first European to see the Mosi-oa-Tunya (the smoke that thunders) waterfall which he & Chuma renamed Victoria Falls after his monarch, Queen Victoria. Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma was previosuly owned by the company Star of Africa and in 2007 Sanctuary Retreats bought this property from Star of Africa.
October 2015 the main dining area will be upgraded and refurbished.
Main Strengths, Special Touch
• Located on a quiet bend of the Zambezi River within Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park
• 12 kilometres upstream from Victoria Falls in a remote location away from crowds
• Boutique property catering for individuals and couples in luxury tree houses and families in the two private Chuma houses
• Established philanthropy project at Nakatindi Village
The Victoria Falls, Livingstone & Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park David Livingstone was the first European to see the falls and named them in honour of Queen Victoria in 1857. The falls make a constant roar and are accompanied by a cloud of brilliant spray where the 1.7 kilometre wide Upper Zambezi drops between 90 and 107 metres into the Lower Zambezi. An average of 550,000 cubic metres of water plummets over the edge every minute, transforming the Zambezi from a wide placid river to a ferocious torrent cutting through a series of dramatic gorges. The river’s annual flood season is February to May with a peak in April. The spray from the falls typically rises to a height of over 400 metres, sometimes even twice as high, and is visible from up to 50 kilometres away – hence the local name for the falls and the surrounding national park – Mosi-Oa- Tunya, “the Smoke that Thunders”! The park provides a home for numerous antelope species, zebra, giraffe, elephant, warthog and a variety of birds. Since there are no predators, the wildlife is very relaxed.
Key sites/activities in the area
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma offers the following activities:
• Game drives in the National Park
• Tour of the Falls on the Zambian side
• Canoeing on the Zambeiz River
• Walking safaris to see the only rhino’s in Zambia on foot
• Sundowner cruises on the Zambezi River
• Local school and village Tour which is also part of the Sussi & Chuma philanthropy project
The small town of Livingstone is known as the adventure capital of Africa offering a variety of adrenalin activities around the Falls. The are at an additional cost and include:
• Flight of Angels over the falls in a helicopter
• Livingstone Island visit
• White river rafting
• Bungee jumping
Sussi Tree houses – We welcome children aged 6 and above
Chuma houses – We welcome children of all ages
Our fun and educational activities for children include tailor made child friendly game drives, a visit to nearby Nakatindi School where they will be able to spend some time with the local children, perhaps play ball or participate in a colouring competition. Sundowner story telling around the camp fire about David Livingstone and Sussi and Chuma while parents enjoy a sundwoner cruise on the Zambezi River and plaster of paris toy moulding.
The stunning main area an elevated bar, superb wine cellar, lounge and open air dining area, curio shop and swimming pool. Full English and continental breakfast is served and high tea is available on request. The elegant shaded deck offers fantastic bird’s eye views across the river. And last but not least, when all the excitement of the day has caught up, a revitalising spa treatment is the order of the day.
Sussi Tree Houses: Twelve luxury tree houses are built into the canopy of majestic ebony trees lining the river bank. 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.
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, house staff, guide and private vehicle for activities for the duration of their stay.
Restaurants & Bars
Built on two levels, the main upstairs area consists of a lounge and elevated bar, with magnificent views over the Zambezi River while the superb wine cellar, and open air dining area are downstairs.
• The two Chuma houses each have their own private plunge pool. There is also a communial pool on the banks of the river.
• 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. The treatment room has been constructed on stilts on the riverbank, providing guests with up close views of African wildlife while they are being pampered by a trained Africology spa therapist. Facilities include Shower, changing room and indoor and outdoor treatment room. Where else in the world could you enjoy an African Potato Body Experience ritual or an Africology rebalancing and refining facial while watching a pod of hippos float by?
Corporate & Celebration Events
The lodge can accommodate 25 guests in the 12 Tree houses and 9 guests in the two Chuma houses making it perfect for small celebrations and corporate events.
Extra Notable Features
• The lodge also offers fishing excursions which is available from March to November each year. Fish most commonly caught in the area includes bream and Tiger fish. All fishing is done on a catch and release basis.
Hotel & Restaurants Awards
• Tripadvisor, Certificate of Excellence, 2014
• Tripadvisor, Certificate of Excellence, 2013
• World Travel Awards Zambia’s leading safari lodge, 2012
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