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Chundu Island

An intimate island getaway in the Zambezi National Park on the Zambezi River

NOTE: Chundu Island Camp is currently closed. You may contact us for alternative options, or browse other Victoria Falls accommodation pages.


Outside one of the rooms on the island

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OUR OVERVIEW

This lodge is uniquely positioned on a island on the Zambezi River, making for good bird and wildlife viewing on top of other activities on offer.


Introduction

Chundu Island Camp is owner run and managed by Zimbabweans Jon and Sarah. The camp is situated 22 km from the Victoria Falls within the Zambezi National Park in Zimbabwe. Access is through the national park in 4x4 safari vehicles and normally takes around one to one and a half hours, depending on how much game you see en-route and then a short boat trip of about 100m gets you onto the island itself.

The camp is open all year round although the different seasons will dramatically affect your experience. Please contact us for more details on this.

Chundu Island is positively one of the prettiest islands in this section of the upper Zambezi river being about 1km in length with a beautiful white soft sandy beach on the upstream end of the island. Large natal mahogany, acacia albida and water berries cover the island giving ample shade which is very welcomed in the summer months. Resident bushbuck and monkeys are often seen but occasionally others animal like Elephant will swim the channel to eat on the abundant food. It is a bird lover’s paradise with many endemic species highly sought after by “twitchers”.

Chundu Island has 6 East African style tents lined along the edge of the island each carefully positioned to afford privacy and maximise the views. The maximum capacity is 12 guests at any one time ensures an exclusive experience. The tented rooms built on platforms have comfortable twin beds, en-suite bathrooms with a shower, sink and toilet. Each tent has a private deck with a view of the Zambezi River.

In the main common complex of the camp are the lounge, bar and dining room with fantastic views of the Zambezi River and wildlife across the river. There is a fire pit in the middle of the deck to enjoy in the evening. Meals and local beverages are fully inclusive.

The beach which is exposed in the low water months from July to February can also be used for dining purposes (special meals) and relaxation for guests. Sundowners and special occasions can be arranged upon request.

Although remote, there is electricity and internet (at an extra cost) on Chundu Island. Also charged are the laundry services. Activities included in the fully inclusive rate are bird watching (with local guide), game drives (guided, morning and evening on the mainland within the Zambezi National Park), guided safari walks, and Zambezi river cruises (morning and sunset). Fishing trips, other Victoria Falls activities and even day trips across the border to Chobe National park in Botswana are not included in the price but can be arranged.

Our Opinion

Chundu’s location is without doubt stunning, offering seclusion, privacy and great views of the River and Zambezi national park. It is an ideal place to relax and unwind. Although game is often seen in the Zambezi national park this I would not class as a classic safari destination, if what you want to see is hordes of non-stop animals then this is not the place for you. It is more of a place to relax, enjoy good birdlife, some game viewing and lovely cruises on the Zambezi river, the fishing here is also reasonably good. Being quite close to Victoria Falls means that you can do days trips into town to do the activities on offer there but in reality if you are staying in such a lovely place why would you leave it, therefore I see this as an add on destination to a couple of days in the Falls. So is perfect for anyone who has at least 4 days in the area, two days in town and then two days at Chundu.

The hosts Jon and Sara are great and will ensure that you have a truly memorable experience. If you have the time I highly recommend spending a couple of days here.

Summary

• Secluded, peaceful, privately owned camp within Zambezi National Park
• Located 22km from the Victoria Falls – transfers included in the price
• Maximum 12 guests in 6 tented twin en-suite rooms each with private deck
• Main complex has bar, lounge, dining room and terrace overlooking the Zambezi river and national park
• Fantastic birdlife and other resident game
• Bird watching, game drives, safari walks, and river cruises included in price
• Day trips to Chobe (Botswana), fishing trips and other Victoria Falls activities not included in price but can be arranged. Contact us for more details.

Accommodation

• 6 twin room en-suite tents
• Central complex with lounge, bar and dining area

All rooms have:

• En-suite bathrooms with sinks, toilet and shower
• Private decks with river views
• Mosquito nets
• 220v electricity
• Solar geysers
• Shelves and hanging space for clothing

Disadvantages

• No children under 12 allowed on the island

Dining

• Good home cooked meals supervised by Sarah
• Local beverages are also complimentary

Facilities and Services

• Lounge, dining room and bar on camp
• Meals on the beach (seasonal)
• All meals and local beverages inclusive
• Laundry services
• Internet (exclusive) can be arranged
• Solar geysers

Fully Inclusive Rates Include

• Accommodation
• All meals
• Transfer from Victoria Falls town to the island
• Scheduled camp activities
• Local beverages
• Park fees
• Laundry

Rates Exclude

• Flights
• Transfers from Airport to Victoria Falls town
• Internet

Children

 No children aged under 12 allowed at the island camp

How to Get There

Transfers are available from Livingstone (Zambia), Kasane (Botswana) and Victoria Falls town (Zimbabwe). Then you will take a 22km safari drive through the Zambezi National Park, and finally, a short boat ride to the Chundu Island.



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OUR OVERVIEW

This lodge is uniquely positioned on a island on the Zambezi River, making for good bird and wildlife viewing on top of other activities on offer.



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Client Testimonials

Perfect
by Kate (Zimbabwe)
Many thanks for all your assistance. You have probably been the most responsive and helpful tour organizers I have worked with- anywhere in the world. I'll be sure to recommend you to my colleagues and friends.

All the activities lived up to the hype!
by Alex (Swaziland)
Good Afternoon Boo,
Just wanted to let you know that we are now back in Swaziland and had an incredibly fun time enjoying Victoria Falls! All the activities lived up to the hype and I would like to thank you for all your help in organising a busy but full holiday for us! Everything went smoothly from the moment we arrived to the time we left.
Also wondering where you prefer to have your reviews written?
Thanks again!
All the best

Memory I will not forget
by Sunitha (22.5.13)
Hi Jane
Hope you are keeping well.I must say a very big thank you for all your assistance and advice for my trip. I had the most amazing time at Vic Falls, a memory I will not forget.
Thanks a million once again.
Regards
Sunitha

Fantastic Itinerary
by Graham & Janet (United Kingdom)
Dear Boo
We would like to offer our thanks for sorting a fantastic itinerary for our all too short visit to Vic Falls. The cruise on the Zambesi at sunset was a delight and the helicopter flight breathtaking! The pick ups were punctual and staff members were all very smiley, friendly, helpful and good company. The whole experience of the actual Falls and the town itself was outstanding.
We will return! Your company will be our first port of call. Many thanks for a very efficient service.
Best wishes

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