Built on a dramatic bend of the raging Zambezi River, this ‘tree-fort’ safari lodge is set within the wildlife-rich Mosi-oa-Tunya Park just a dozen kilometres 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 fighting tiger fish on a catch-and-release basis, tackling the high-adrenalin sports of the falls like white-water rafting or bungee jumping or 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. Safaris on elephant-back are also a fun way to explore this corner of Africa. 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.