Built on a dramatic bend of the Zambezi River, this ‘tree-fort’ safari lodge is set within the wildlife-rich Mosi-oa-Tunya Park upstream from the iconic Victoria Falls. Built into the canopy of giant ebony and jackalberry trees alongside sweeping phoenix palms, 12 elegant suites are connected by wooden walkways that boast awe-inspiring vistas of the passing river that teems with hippo and bream.

Named after Dr David Livingstone’s faithful assistants, Sussi & Chuma ís a laid-back, child-friendly lodge where you can spend your days tackling the high-adrenalin sports of the Falls like white-water rafting or bungee jumping, perhaps slowing down the pace with a visit to Mosi-oa-Tunya Park - which is home to white rhino - or a cruise or paddle down the river. If the Victoria Falls are running high, put on a rain mac and surround yourself with the incredible mist and bright rainbow formed by the crashing cascade of water.

Each guest chalet is set within a group of mature trees along the riverbank, ensuring views of the Zambezi and the wildlife that depend on it – keep a look out for inquisitive monkeys in the branches or small antelope coming down to drink at sunrise. Relax even further at the fully equipped spa, which has hydrotherapy facilities and makes use of certified African ingredients like soothing rooibos (red bush tea), marula, African potato and aloe ferox.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Tripadvisor - Certificate of Excellence 2015
  •  Condé Nast Traveler - #5 in Top 30 Resorts in Africa: Reader's Choice Awards 2015


  • ‘Tree-fort’ accommodation in Mosi-oa-Tunya Park 
  • 4x4 game drives & sunset cruises
  • White-river rafting & bungee jumping
  • Dine overlooking the Zambezi & its resident hippo pods
  • Fully equipped spa
  • Wi-Fi, air conditioning & outdoor showers

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Split over two levels, the main lodge comprises an elevated bar, lounge and expansive open-air dining area overlooking the gorgeous Zambezi River and its resident hippo pods. Two bold fire pits on either side of the lodge deck give a dramatic ambiance to this communal area where tales of the bush are often shared among guests.

The fully equipped spa offers pampering massages as well as beauty treatments that include hydrotherapy and signature Africology amenities. Sunset boat cruises gliding down the Zambezi River are a spectacular way to discover wildlife from the water and make a toast to wildest Africa.

Sussi & Chuma offers walking safaris and an established philanthropy project at Nakatindi Village echoes their commitment to Pack with a Purpose, which encourages visitors to include school and other supplies in their baggage to distribute to local children. 

General Facilities

    Swimming Pool
    Wi-fi available
    Laundry service


Meals are prepared by a dedicated team of chefs and enjoyed in the great outdoors whenever possible. Combining local and international flavours, chefs serve up intriguing dishes such as crocodile curry and impala stew. Romantic private dining on the deck of your tree house can be arranged and high tea is available on request. 

Room Description

Elegant tree-forts are built into the canopy of giant ebony trees lining the riverbank of the Zambezi. Decorated in earthy tones with comfortable furnishings, each room is en suite with a shower and bath. A private viewing deck provides superb views of the Zambezi’s white waters and the ideal place to get up close to monkeys in the trees and hear hippos cavorting below. Chalets have air conditioning and outdoor showers too.


  • Bird watching
  • Day tours
  • Elephant interactive experience
  • Game drives
  • Local village visits
  • River cruises
  • Sunset cruises
  • Guided walking safaris
  • Canoeing
  • Guided walks
  • Helicopter flights

Traveller Reviews

  • The lodge and service from the staff were a real nice experience. They can be awarded with an exceptional personal approach. The personal touch and efforts made by the staff make it the right choice.

    Patrick Dejager, March 2016
  • Sussi & Chuma is a very nice lodge in a picturesque setting on the Zambesi river. There are 12 'huts' built on stilts. Each of the huts is quite modern on the inside, with a beautiful canopy bed with mosquito netting, a separate toilet area, a shower, a tub, and a deck overlooking the river. Very comfortable. There is a bar and sitting area behind the reception area, and below is the main dining area. Closer to the river there is a deck where they serve drinks and snacks around a nice fire at sunset. There are several activities offered during there day - game drives, boat cruises, canoeing, nature walks, guided tour of the Victoria falls from the Zambian side, fishing, etc. You are generally allowed two activities each day. Many additional activities are available in Livingstone for an additional charge. The staff tries very hard to give you a top-notch experience. We spent two lovely nights here, and enjoyed our visit to the Victoria Falls, as well as the game drives. The staff went out of their way to meet all of our wishes

    Mukesh Mehta, September 2014
  • We had a wonderful time we had at Victoria Falls. Sussi and Chuma was great. The staff were so friendly and they kept us busy the whole day. We had an amazing trip and all worked out great.

    Suzy & Tom Freeman, March 2014
  • Sussi and Chuma was also top notch.

    Heeten Desai, July 2013
  • Sussi & Chuma was just lovely. We loved the whole experience of it, the staff was professional and Elijah, our guide great, gave us a fun time.

    Nancy Allen-Blum, November 2012
  • Nice tree house. Very nice rose petals, and the sparkling wine with candles were wonderful! Victoria Falls was VERY impressive... breathtaking!

    Robert Kostash, November 2012
  • We LOVE, LOVE, LOVED Sussi & Chuma. The staff, accommodations, food and excursions were all our favorites of the trip. We highly recommend keeping this on your list of locations you recommend to future clients.

    Katrina Paglia, April 2012
  • We had an absolute ball in your beautiful country and to me the trip highlight was Sussi and Chuma and their wonderful staff, they were just amazing!!

    Greg Wade, February 2012
  • The accommodations were gorgeous and food and service were excellent. Sussi and Chuma was our favorite of the Sanctuary properties.

    Teresa Brusio, December 2011
  • Loved Sussin & Chuma. Again the staff were exceptional. Dinner with a rogue elephant was one highlight.

    Basil Ristevski, November 2011

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Pippa Cochrane

Pippa Cochrane

Africa Safari Expert

"What an incredible way to experience the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls - a unique property with excellent staff and memorable activities. The beautiful chalets have views of the mighty Zambezi river and a calming atmosphere - perfect for couples and honeymooners."

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The lodge and service from the staff were a real nice experience. They can be awarded with an exceptional personal approach. The personal touch and efforts made by the staff make it the right choice.

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