Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma remodelled - 29 September 2017

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An inspired redesign elevates our Zambian safari experiences, enhances the riverside viewing and amplifies the call of the wild.

In April 2018, this boutique riverside retreat will reopen with an enlightened take on sophisticated safari life. Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is in the heart of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, and all 12 treehouses set amid jackalberry trees have been restyled, and to maximise the magic of staying right here at the edge of a dramatic bend in the Zambezi there are also new lounges and decking added as communal spaces.

Fresh design, age-old craftsmanship

All 12 Sussi treehouses are enriched with Zambian character — from the carefully considered furnishings and fittings to the camp’s culture of sincere warmth and genuine hospitality. Time-tested workmanship has been combined with contemporary design to create even more charismatic environments that showcase Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma’s authentic African spirit. The cut-above natural setting and polished service of this lodge make this a place for the most discerning travellers and safari lovers.

Remote yet refined

The new interiors of this intimate hideaway conjure a natural elegance thanks to organic materials sourced responsibly. Sensitive, sophisticated furniture design extends to pieces inspired by acacias of the Zambezi banks. Relaxed easy chairs are dressed in a map print that evokes Sussi and Chuma’s own storied trails tracing Dr Livingstone’s intrepid footsteps. Thatching is the oldest form of roofing and here the environmentally friendly natural grass blends beautifully with the wild African landscape. The tones and shape of hand-crafted rugs are inspired by traditional Zambian textiles. The shades of the art pieces represent elements of this beguiling Southern African destination… the rich, earthy oranges, reds and golds speak of the fertile earth and mineral wealth. The muted greens and blues depict the unforgettable wildlife, rivers, lakes and big blue skies and the heavily patterned backgrounds are a symbol of Zambia’s zest for life and vibrant culture. 

Added privacy

Follow the high-up wooden walkways that link the treehouses and discover that the flow of the bedrooms has been made breezier through a gentle remodelling. Every Sussi treehouse still has a riverfront terrace, freestanding bath and five-star creature comforts such as overnight laundering and a fully stocked minibar, and now they have gym bags, more even graceful interiors, and better ensuite privacy.

Sanctuary Sussi Chuma Treehouse 1

Remodelled treehouse

More sociable

There are new intimate spaces at the lodge for drinking and dining which strengthen Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma’s connection with nature, whether you’re inside or out. The new outdoor bar overlooks the Zambezi River, offering guests the best view in the house - especially soul-stirring at sunset. The extended outdoor decking area also includes a remodelled boma fire pit and dining area.

Inside, the new Livingstone bar offers an intimate space serving up cocktails and nightcaps, and the restaurant has been restyled. The palette of the new interiors reflects Zambian traditions with ochre and burnt oranges of sunset; dark greys evoke the spray of the river as it plunges over Victoria Falls.  There’s an exciting new explorer lounge where guests can learn about the area before they head out on their game drive. Here, the artwork tells the stories of David Livingstone and of our philanthropic work at Nakatindi.

Sanctuary Sussi Chuma Orientation Room

New Explorer lounge

Sanctuary Sussi Chuma Bar

New Livingstone bar

 Sanctuary Sussi Chuma Restaurant

Restyled restaurant

Key new features:

- Remodelled Treehouses, with better ensuite privacy

- Treehouse riverfront terraces – now with a roof and screening for better privacy and shade

- Restyled restaurant and new Livingstone bar

- New Explorer Lounge

- New riverside outdoor bar and boma, connecting to extended outdoor dining area and sunset deck

Sanctuary Sussi Chuma Exterior 4

Sanctuary Sussi Chuma Exterior 2

New outdoor bar, boma and extended decking

Uplifting stories to share

Sussi and Chuma were David Livingstone’s loyal attendants, and their names are a heart-warming reference made relevant by a team that is dedicated to excellent service. This intimate, sophisticated safari lodge is a mere 12km from Victoria Falls, one of the World’s Seven Natural Wonders. Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning ‘the smoke that thunders’, was the original name given by the Batswana and Makololo people; the indigenous name for these Unesco World Heritage waterfalls endures as that of the national park. As well as grandstand views of the river and neighbouring crocodile and hippo from every terrace, this is the only lodge in the region to offer guided walking safaris. Further activities include a tour of Victoria Falls on the Zambian side, game drives in the National Park, sundowner cruise, local school and village tour, fishing and canoeing excursions.

Meaningful relationships with the community

With the help of the community elders, Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma has been able to offer continued support to many social and environmental projects in the area. Since 2010, Sanctuary Retreats has worked with the Nakatindi Village and School in Livingstone. Guests can visit this village just 5km from the lodge and rent a bike from the Chipego Bike Shop, one of the enterprises set up by Sanctuary Retreats. Launched in 2015, the shop sells and services bicycles and offers tours with local guides and is run and managed by Nakatindi women. The ladies have reinvested their profits back into the community, sponsoring the schooling for orphans and providing bikes for healthcare workers. This project has been so successful that this community-run bike-shop model is being rolled out through Sanctuary Retreats in Botswana, Uganda, and Tanzania.


Prices at Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma start from $650 per person per night. This price is based on two people sharing and is inclusive of all meals and drinks (excluding premium brands), scheduled game activities, transfers to and from Livingstone Airport. For more information, or to book, please contact us.