Sanctuary Sussi and Chuma

Mosi-oa-tunya National Park, Zambia


Sitting prettily on the banks of the Zambezi River in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma oozes adventure and luxury with an understated charm. Just 12km from Victoria Falls, this lodge boasts unrivalled views of the surrounding landscape and river.

Key Features

  • Located on a quiet bend of the Zambezi River, a short drive from Victoria Falls
  • Activities included are game drives, a local village tour, sundowner cruise on the river and a tour of the Victoria Falls
  • The lodge has 12 tree houses and two spacious two-bedroom private houses
  • Established philanthropy project at Nakatindi Village
  • A treatment room is available to experience spa treatments using products from the Africology line with a range of body therapies, body rituals and facial skin care

Named after David Livingstone’s faithful friends, Sussi and Chuma who carried his body back to England from where he died in Zambia, the property comprises 12 tree houses and two generous two-bedroom private houses which sit on the riverbank.

Built into the canopy of majestic ebony trees on stilts, the treehouses are connected by wooden walkways and blend seamlessly into the natural environment. With ensuites, air conditioning, a personal bar and a private viewing deck overlooking the Zambezi River, you’ll have everything you need up here in the trees. For those travelling as a family, the two Chuma Houses offer more space with two ensuite bedrooms, a private lounge and dining area as well as a plunge pool, private chef and house staff.

The main lodge is split over two levels, with inside/outside living naturally a theme here: enjoy cocktails in the open-sided bar as the sun sets, or while away an afternoon beside the river-fronted swimming pool.

Looking for a little more relaxation? Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma has a range of spa treatments for guests to enjoy. From massages and facials to manicures, unwind while enjoying spectacular views over the Zambezi River.

But as fantastic as the spa is, it’s not why guests come to the lodge. The Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park may be one of Zambia’s smallest, but it’s full of game viewing (including Zambia’s only white rhino). There aren’t many predators here so the wildlife are more relaxed, and the ‘locals’ (read: hippopotamus and elephant) are likely to wander through the property’s grounds at any time. 


  • The property supports the local Nakatindi Primary School and has refurbished classrooms, built a school kitchen and expanded the vegetable garden to generate income and supplement the children’s diets

  • Every day Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy provides lunch to the 850 students and, after graduating, each student receives a bicycle in order to make the six-kilometre journey to secondary school

  • To teach and inspire children to appreciate and protect wildlife and natural resources, they hold events, workshops, and excursions for students at the school

  • Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy, with help from generous guest donations, built a medical clinic within the Nakatindi Community which is taking an active role in the prevention of the spread of HIV/AIDS

Why we love it

There’s a whole array of activities for guests to enjoy, whatever their interest and curiosity. From game drives or walking safaris to sight zebra, giraffe and impala to water-based activities like canoeing, a sundowner cruise and (of course) a tour of the Victoria Falls, there’s so much to entice.

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