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Royal Chundu Island Lodge

Discover Royal Chundu Island Lodge

Voted as the 4th Best Resort in Africa and 9th Best Resort in the World in the Condé Nast Traveler's 2018 Readers' Choice Awards. Royal Chundu is a Relais & Chateaux property encompassing 2 lodges, River Lodge and Island Lodge. Island Lodge is set on the private island of Katombra on the mighty Zambezi River and with just 4 spacious villas, you are guaranteed absolute peace and privacy.

This is a perfect option for those wanting exclusive access to the Zambezi River. Island Lodge is less than an hour away from the famed Victoria Falls and 30 minutes from Chobe National Park in Botswana which makes it a perfect base for a wide range of activities. The 4 villas are set on the banks of the island and raised above ground level to overlook the incredible river rapids. Each villa has a large double bedroom, a bathroom with a double shower and stand-alone bathtub, a lounge area, a dining area, and a large private veranda. You can enjoy a combination of traditional and international cuisines at the lodge's own restaurant with most of the ingredients being sourced locally or grown on-site. There is also a well-stocked bar, two comfortable lounges, an infinity pool, and a boma area.

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Expert View

  • Paradise on a remote, private island in the Zambezi
  • Only 4 villas - perfect for honeymooners or exclusive hire for families
  • Offers absolute solitude and unspoiled beauty
  • Private outdoor baths and loungers on your villa deck
  • Visits to Victoria Falls and signature water-based safari activities

At a glance

  • 4 Suites
  • No Children Unless Sole-Use
  • Open All Year
  • All Inclusive
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We handpick partners who share our commitment to protecting their environment, conserving wildlife and benefitting local communities.

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"Canoe down the Zambezi to a secret picnic spot on an island and enjoy a truly indulgent and creative meal on the banks of the river including cocktails, homemade cordials and a gin bar."

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