Sussi and Chuma
Hotels in Livingstone and Victoria Falls provide convenient access to the Falls for guests with just one night in the area. But the hustle and bustle of these towns, the buzzing of helicopters and microlights overhead, and the clamor of curio sellers are all in stark contrast to the private and intimate ambiance of safari. For guests with two nights or longer in the Victoria Falls area, and who want to explore the Falls, the Zambezi River, and the local culture, we strongly recommend one of the lodges upstream on the banks of the great Zambezi River.
Sussi and Chuma provides an elegant and luxurious base from which to experience the highlights of this landmark area. Located within the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, the property is a short drive from the Falls themselves but provides all the seclusion and tranquility of a private safari camp.
Sussi Lodge is constructed on boardwalks raised high above the ground in the riverine canopy overlooking the Zambezi. Accommodation is in 12 spacious and very luxurious 'Tree Houses', each with full en-suite facilities, cozy beds, overhead fans, and a veranda. The 2 Chuma Houses are private self-contained homesteads located less than a mile downstream from Sussi. The houses are comprised of two bedrooms (both en-suite), a spacious lounge with fireplace, kitchenette, indoor and outdoor dining areas, a private veranda, and a private swimming pool.
Both Sussi and Chuma offer a wide range of activities, including guided tours of the Falls, game-drives and nature walks in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park with a professional guide, boat cruises, cultural visits to a nearby village and school, fishing, and a visit to the Livingstone Museum. In keeping with the exclusive character of Chuma House, guests staying here enjoy the services of a private guide, a private chef, and a private butler service.
Without doubt, the greatest highlight of the area is the majestic Victoria Falls. One of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Falls are a spectacle to behold. More than a mile high and 350 feet deep, this is the largest body of falling water on earth. Despite its fame, the area around Victoria Falls is relatively undeveloped, and the Falls themselves and surrounding rain forest are completely unspoiled, remaining virtually unchanged since David Livingstone first documented this marvel of nature in 1855.
The main attraction of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is its population of rhinos. With the relative scarcity of these prehistoric behemoths in most countries north of South Africa, a visit to Mosi-oa Tunya will allow many safari travelers their best chance of seeing a rhino and rounding off their sightings of the 'Big Five'. It's just another string to the bow of Sussi and Chuma, and another reason to make this your base for exploring Victoria Falls and surrounds.
Sussi & Chuma has partnered with the nearby Nakatindi Village to support education and community development. The camp funds the Nakatindi Community School which provides education to 442 pupils, many of whom are orphaned. In response to the needs of these vulnerable children, the school began a child feeding program and is developing a sustainable vegetable garden. Guests have the unique opportunity to visit the Nakatindi Village and school during their stay.For more information about Sussi and Chuma call toll-free: 888.227.8311
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