Sussi & Chuma

Victoria Falls - Zambia

Days 1 - 3: Victoria Falls - Zambia

Sussi & Chuma Location Map

Just a short drive away from the world famous Victoria Falls, Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is built on a dramatic bend in the Zambezi, right on the edge of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.

A walking tour of The Falls is a must for anyone staying here. First described to Europe by explorer David Livingstone and known locally as the Mosi-oa-Tunya, or “the Smoke that Thunders”, the Falls make a constant roar and are accompanied by a cloud of brilliant spray where the mile wide Upper Zambezi falls 300 feet into the Lower Zambezi. Rainbows constantly form and collapse in the tropical sunlight over the waterfall.

Other activities include game drives in custom-built 4x4 safari vehicles into the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. The Park is home to elephant, impala, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, zebra in large numbers and an exciting array of birds. It even has white rhino – the only place in Zambia where they can be seen. Guests may also be lucky enough to see a rare sighting of the wild dog that on occasion pass through the Park.

In addition, there can be few more thrilling ways to experience and understand African wildlife and the bush as a whole than by being on foot on a walking safari. The walking safaris are conducted at a leisurely pace and take about two hours. Morning walks depart at around 06:30 and include a break with tea, coffee and snacks. The afternoon walk start at around 16:00 and finish at a special sundowner spot where guests will be served drinks and canapés while enjoying the magnificent sunset.

Guests can also relax on a Zambezi River sundowner cruise - a truly great way to spend a couple of hours. Sipping on a cocktail while watching the sunset over the majestic Zambezi River is truly a once in a lifetime experience.

Local village visits can also be arranged, as can fishing trips, and canoe excursions.

Inbetween all the activities, the inviting swimming pool is perfect for just relaxing around, or you can book a spa treatment, or just enjoy a quiet drink in the elevated bar overlooking the Zambezi.

The accommodation consists of 12 tree houses connected by stilted wooden walkways. Each tree house enjoys superb views over the river. In addition, there are 2 private houses available, each with 2 bedrooms, their own dining areas and decks with plunge pools, and their own chef and house staff.

Example Details For Sussi & Chuma

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Tree House (Sanctuary long stay discount applied)
Includes: All meals; drinks (excluding premium brands); Park fees; laundry; game drives into the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park; Simonga village visit; a visit to Victoria Falls; return Livingstone Airport transfers; and a sundowner cruise are included.

No children under the age of 12 are permitted on walking safaris.

 
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Sussi & Chuma Location.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must please be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children aged 9 years and older are welcome. Children of any age are welcome at the private Chuma Houses. Babysitting services are available (additional cost).

Children must be aged 15 and older in order to go white water rafting and canoeing on the Zambezi.

The rooms are all en-suite and include air conditioning, a private viewing deck, mini-bar, mosquito nets, overhead fans, a hairdryer and personal safe.

The main area features a raised bar, lounge area and deck, open dining area, curio shop, swimming pool and a spa.

Activities that are available on site include game drives, canoe trips, walking safaris, river cruises, fishing, tours of the Victoria Falls (Zambian side) and visits to the local school and village.

Canoeing is offered all year but is weather dependent. Dry bags will be provided for valuables. The minimum age is 15 years.

The fishing season generally opens on 1st March each year and closes at the end of November. All fishing is on a strict 'Catch and Release' policy

Additional activities that can be booked include white water rafting, helicopter rides offering unrivalled views of the majestic Victoria Falls from the air and visits to Livingstone Island (additional cost).

Guests at Sussi and Chuma are able to indulge in a range of spa treatments while enjoying spectacular views over the Zambezi River. Treatments included products from the Africology line and guests are able to choose from a range of body therapies, body rituals and facial skin care treatments. Treatments may be booked at the camp reception with the camp manager (additional cost).

Credit card services are available (Visa, MasterCard and Amex cards). US dollars are also accepted however change will be given in the local currency. Diners Cards are not accepted.

The lodge has complimentary Wi-Fi in the main area. 

A complimentary laundry service is also available.


Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

No children under the age of 12 are permitted on walking safaris.

A walking safari can last a couple of hours and involve walking over uneven terrain that may contain dangerous wildlife in potentially high temperatures. Guests may need to move quickly and for a sustained period through rough bush terrain if instructed to do so by their guide.

Regardless of age, the final decision on whether a guest can join a walking safari remains with the guide and lodge manager.

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero

Chobe National Park

Days 4 - 5: Chobe National Park

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Location Map

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero is highly acclaimed as one of the most luxurious lodges in Botswana. Meaning 'Place of High View' in the local language of Setswana, the lodge sits above the Chobe River in the Chobe National Park, and offers unparalleled panoramic views across the islands and flood plains onto Namibia's Caprivi Strip.

Activities include game drives in open 4x4 vehicles to view Africa's largest concentration of elephants, or to witness the gathering of lion, herds of buffalo and a variety of other species along the banks of the Chobe River. This same abundance of wildlife can also be viewed on an early evening sundowner cruise, while sipping cocktails.

Inbetween game activities, guests can relax by the split-level swimming pool, or unwind with a pampering session in the spa. Decadent high teas are often served on the shady lawn overlooking the river.

End each day with pre-dinner drinks on the terrace before sitting down to a sumptuous 3 course dinner which is a delicious, eclectic fusion of Western and African cuisine and delicacies - all topped off by a sampling of vintage wines and spirits from the cellar.

Each of the 14 thatched suites has an en-suite bathroom featuring a large freestanding bath and separate rain shower. After a day of game viewing, what better way to relax than in your own private garden with a cocktail? Or if the fancy takes you, why not have your gourmet dinner served here under the African sky. Three of the suites also feature an extra bedroom - perfect for families.

The Pool Suite is for couples looking for more privacy, and features a private plunge pool and private deck area where you can relax with a cocktail or enjoy private dinners for two under the stars (weather permitting).

Example Details For Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Standard Room (Sanctuary long stay discount applied)
Includes: All meals; all beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic - except premium brands); shared game view activities; Park fees; and shared transfers to/from Kasane Airport are included.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

 
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Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Location.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must please be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

All rooms have air conditioning and a private deck area.

From it's elevated position above the Chobe River, the lodge offers unparalleled panoramic views across the islands and floodplains of the Chobe River as far across as Namibia.

The spa offers a range of spa and hydrotherapy treatments from both the Thalgo and Africology ranges.

There is a swimming pool.

A hearty full English and continental breakfast is served before departing for your morning game viewing activity. After experiencing the Chobe National Park you will be taken back to the lodge for lunch (a delicious 3 course plated meal). Later in the afternoon the friendly staff serve afternoon tea with the Chobe River as a back drop before departing again for your afternoon game viewing activity. During your afternoon game drive or sundowner cruises you might stop for classic sundowner drinks and canapes - the only way to celebrate yet another beautiful African sunset! Enjoy pre-dinner drinks on the terrace of the lodge before sitting down for a 3 course dinner.

The lodge is a 10 minute drive from Kasane Airport.

Baines' Camp

Okavango Delta

Days 6 - 8: Okavango Delta

Baines' Camp Location Map

Set amongst the shady trees and water of the Okavango Delta, the intimate Sanctuary Baines' Camp is named after the famed 19th century explorer and artist, Thomas Baines. This area, situated on a vast private concession neighbouring the Moremi Game Reserve, is superb for viewing all animal and bird species.

Guests here have the opportunity to see animals up close with your expert guide on morning and evening game drives in open 4x4 vehicles. A night game drive is the perfect way to see some of the nocturnal animals not active during the day time.

One of the best ways to see the wildlife around Sanctuary Baines' Camp is in one of the locally made dugout canoes, known as mokoros. These used to be carved from ebony but are now made from commercially grown wood and fibreglass to protect the fragile environment of the Okavango. In one of these traditional crafts it is possible to float around the waterways and lagoons that make up the Delta, looking for crocodiles in the water, but also getting a remarkable view of the plains game from a new and exciting angle. For the less intrepid, the camp also has motorised speedboats that can be used when the rivers are in flood. All water based activities are seasonal and based on the water levels of the Delta.

Walking safaris are a speciality at Baines', with skilled guides introducing the area's natural wonders. Find out how to track and follow even the most elusive of animals in the Okavango.

The choice of activities does not end there, however. A unique and educational elephant interaction is also available to guests at Baines', where guests can spend the morning walking with a herd of semi-habituated elephants, learning about their daily habits, from the foods they eat to their favourite bathing spots.

The camp features just 6 suites with en-suite facilities and 4 poster beds, set on elevated platforms in the tree line with private wooden decks that offer expansive views over the shimmering permanent water of the Boro River where hippo can often be spotted. Traditional safari ceiling fans create a cooling breeze at even the hottest times of the year. Should you wish, your bed can be wheeled out onto your deck for a night under the stars, or take an indulgent soak in an opulent star bath. At Baines' Camp, the sky's the limit.

The swimming pool and the wide wooden deck that surrounds the main dining and sitting room is the ideal place to relax while observing the varied wildlife present here.

Example Details For Baines' Camp

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Standard Room (Sanctuary long stay discount applied)
Includes: All meals; all alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (except premium brands); shared game viewing activities (except elephant activity); airstrip transfers; emergency medical evacuation; Park fees; and a laundry service are included.

Children under the age of 15 years are not permitted on walking safaris.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

 
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Baines' Camp Location.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied between 11:30 and 13:30 on the day of arrival and must please be vacated between 10:30 and 11:30 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children aged 6 years and older are welcome. Children aged 9 years and older are permitted on the walking with elephants activity with their parents.

The suites feature a luxury bedroom, en-suite facilities and private viewing deck. The four-poster beds are fully mobile and can easily be wheeled out onto the private wooden deck if guests want to enjoy a night under the stars. Each room is equipped with a hairdryer, ceiling fan, in-room safe, mosquito nets and a minibar.

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in all the rooms.

The main area consists of the dining area, lounge, boma and bar. There is also a swimming pool.

Activities that are available include game drives, walking safaris, night drives, mokoro excursions and boat safaris. All water based activities and night drives are seasonal and based on the water levels of the delta.

Activities that can be arranged for an additional cost include walking with elephants and scenic helicopter flights.

Please note the elephants are on annual leave from 15 January to 15 February each year.

A laundry service is included.

Babysitting services can be arranged (additional cost).

Visa and MasterCard credit cards are accepted.


Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Children under the age of 15 years are not permitted on walking safaris. The final decision on whether a guest can join a walking safari remains with the guide and camp manager.