Sussi & Chuma
Deep in the African bush, Sanctuary Retreats’ Sussi Lodge and Chuma Villa are inside the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and on the water’s edge, 15 kilometres upriver from Livingstone.
from ZAR 2647 pppn
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Though many attempts have been made, few have succeeded in creating an African theme without falling back on the hackneyed colonial grandeur of yesteryear. Sussi Lodgesucceeds.
Shaggy thatch and hobbledy-hoy paving give way to hefty hardwood furniture, textured walls and earthy fabrics with natural patterns and the whole wooden structure blends into the African bush like a silent game tracker.
While the lodge fits its surroundings like water in a bucket, the luxury on offer couldn’t be further removed from the indiscriminate balance of nature. Here the scales are more than a little in your favour despite the fact that elephants amble through the camp to drink and hippos waddle out of the water to eat beneath your tree-house at night.
Each of the 10 luxurious rooms is built into the canopy of an enormous ebony tree allowing the wildlife free reign while providing you with a roosting bird’s-eye view of the Zambezi slipping silently past.
Dining in the main lodge is an open-air, fire-lit experience and the pool leads down through lush greenery to the water’s edge. The nearby Chuma villa is a double-roomed dream complete with personal chef and private boat, vehicle and guide for endless game-viewing and sunset cruises.
Meals and drinks are included as are a guided tour of the falls, game drives in the park, a cultural tour of the area and river cruises to start or end your day. In addition to all that, Mercy – a qualified and experienced masseuse offering soul-dripping treatments in the sala by the pool deck is ever at your mercy.