Sanctuary Chuma House

Named after one of David Livingstone's travelling companions, Chuma House rests on the banks of the Zambezi River, just nine kilometres from the Victoria Falls.

Superbly located, it is ideal for families and friends or even couples who want an independent-minded and personalised holiday in one of Africa's adventure capitals.

Set on the Zambian side of the river, Chuma's two exclusive-use villas each feature spacious indoor and outdoor areas and a large timber terrace with a sparkling private swimming pool overlooking the Zambezi. Luxurious en suite bedrooms sleep up to four people and the dedicated in-house staff will cater to every need, creating a secluded sanctuary to return to after an action-packed day.

Go on a privately guided safari in search of white rhino in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and soak up the incredible power of Victoria Falls as you enjoy a complimentary guided tour of the falls. Adrenalin-seekers will be keen to try their hand at bungee jumping, elephant-back safaris or even white-water rafting.

Fact File

Beds 2
Showers 2
People 5
Location Zambezi River
Pool Yes
  • Bush Views
Service Fully Serviced by a team of staff
Property Type House
Ideal For
  • Family
  • Honeymoon
  • Families with babies
  • Families with toddlers
  • Families with young children
  • Families with teens
  • Groups of friends
  • Couples
  • Extended Families


  • Exquisite riverside setting
  • Personal chef, house staff & spa
  • Private safaris in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park
  • Complimentary Victoria Falls tour
  • Riverboat cruises & Zambezi fishing
“Relaxing to the sound of the rushing Zambezi River while celebrating my husbands 30th birthday was so special. This amazing villa has given me so many memories!”
Tanya Ellis, Africa Safari Expert


Style & Décor

Built among giant ebony trees, Chuma House echoes its surrounding environment through its design and décor. Dark mahogany finishes, smooth screeded floors and animal-print décor resound throughout the villa, and its large windows let in incredible views of the Zambezi River.


Situated right on the Zambian banks of the Zambezi River in nothing less than the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Chuma House has one of the very best locations for any accommodation in the region. Take a complimentary guided tour to view majestic Victoria Falls, located a short drive away, and enjoy a private big game safari with your personal guide, keeping an eye out for the park's famous white rhinos.


Chuma House is ideal for travellers who want a private and luxurious base from which to view Victoria Falls, explore the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and enjoy a range of river-based activities. While children of all ages are welcome, Chuma House is not however recommended for children under the age of six.

Best time to visit

Zambia’s subtropical climate is defined by distinct wet and dry seasons as opposed to summer or winter. The wet season begins in November and runs until April; the dry season from May to October. While the dry season offers better game viewing, the best time to see Victoria Falls is at the end of the rainy season (March to May) when the Zambezi River is in full flood. September and October are usually very hot and dry months.

During the dry season, you might need to cross to the Zimbabwean side to view the falls as the Zambian side of Victoria Falls can run dry. However, this is the best time for thrill-seekers to take a dip in the Devil’s Pool, a natural rock pool that sits right on the edge of the falls, or enjoy the rush of the world's best one-day white-water rafting.

Special Notes

Chuma House enjoys Internet access and 24-hour electricity.


A modern and fully-equipped kitchenette provides ample space for your private chef to conjure up excellent cuisine on demand and serve it wherever you please. 

  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave oven
  • Coffee maker
  • Fully-equipped & serviced kitchen

Master Bedroom

The king-sized, 4-poster bed in the master bedroom is romantically draped in billowing muslin while comfortable, Afro-chic furnishings echo the surrounding landscapes.  A high thatched roof enhances the feeling of space as do the French doors that open onto a wrap-around timber deck with beautiful views.

  • En suite bathroom
  • King-sized bed
  • Air conditioning
  • Overhead fan
  • Cupboard space
  • Safe
  • Dressing or work table

Guest Bedrooms

Elegantly furnished in dark mahogany and African prints, the second guest bedroom offers twin beds and a spacious en suite bathroom. Equipped with a telephone and landline modem, this room can be converted into an office if required.


The master bedroom enjoys the comfort of a spacious en suite bathroom with a luxurious bath and outdoor shower. An indoor shower and bathtub are the main features of the second bedroom’s bathroom.

Living & Dining Area     

A spacious and comfortable living area houses a cosy fireplace for cold winter nights and large, plush sofas. The room opens onto a private terrace that overlooks the Zambezi River and offers a choice of indoor and outdoor dining. Enjoy sumptuous cuisine prepared by your personal villa chef as you sip a drink from the fully-stocked bar and watch the river slowly meander by.  

  • Dining table & chairs

Outside Area

Living spaces open out onto a private wrap-around terrace that offers magnificent views of the Zambezi River. A shaded patio with barbeque area and a private swimming pool promise relaxing days in the sun as well as starry suppers, complete with the rumble of mighty Victoria Falls as a backdrop. 

General Facilities

  • Television
  • Board games
  • Laundry service
Our team of experienced Villa Experts are here to tailor-make your dream vacation.

Samantha Curgenven
Africa Safari Expert

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