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Game Drives
Set off into the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and be transported back in time to when Livingstone first glimpsed the awe-inspiring "smoke that thunders". Our expert-led game drives take place in custom-built 4x4 vehicles, designed to reveal the park's pristine landscape and abundant wildlife. Expect to come across a wealth of species, including elephant, impala, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, crocodile and zebra, as well as a diverse variety of birds. Among the avian treasures are gems such as the elusive Peters Finfoot, a southern African favourite.
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Tour of the Falls
A mere stone's throw from the world-renowned Victoria Falls, Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma offers guests the opportunity to embark on a mesmerising walking tour of this natural wonder. Famously introduced to Europe by explorer David Livingstone, and locally referred to as Mosi-oa-Tunya or "the Smoke that Thunders," the falls emit a thunderous roar, accompanied by a shimmering cloud of spray as the mile-wide Upper Zambezi cascades 300 feet into the Lower Zambezi. Witness the ever-changing dance of rainbows forming and dissolving under the warm tropical sun above the waterfall, and lose yourself in a landscape adorned with ebony groves and mopane forests. The latter is a sanctuary for a myriad of bird species, including fish-eating raptors drawn to the bountiful offerings in the river. Please note that the Heritage Fee, which is excluded from the rate, is payable directly by guests at the lodge when participating in the Victoria Falls tour.
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Walking Safaris
A walking safari is a unique and exhilarating experience that provides an entirely different perspective on the bush. Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma's highly trained walking guides, Luckson and Elijah, boast more than 20 years of combined experience and their infectious passion for the wild ensures an unforgettable journey as they share their comprehensive knowledge of local flora and fauna. Accompanied by an armed National Parks ranger, guests embark on leisurely-paced walking safaris lasting approximately two hours. Morning walks depart at 6:30 am, featuring a break complete with tea, coffee and snacks. The afternoon walk commences at 4 pm, culminating in a spectacular sundowner spot where guests are served drinks and canapés with a magnificent sunset as their backdrop. Please note that the minimum age for participation is 15 years.
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Sundowner Cruise
A cruise along the majestic Zambezi River offers an enchanting way to spend a few hours before returning to the lodge for a warm shower and a delicious dinner. Sanctuary's specially designed boats, guided by skilled professionals, navigate through a series of grade 2 rapids before finding the perfect spot to beach for a break and a refreshing sunset cocktail. Invigorating sensations of the Zambezi spray misting your face, paired with the delightful taste of a finely crafted drink, creates an unforgettable sunset cruise experience.
Local School & Village Tour
Nakatindi village, just six kilometres from Livingstone and five kilometres from Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma, is home to several projects sponsored by Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy. These initiatives aim to enhance education, conservation, health and enterprise within the village community and our guests have the unique opportunity to visit these projects and interact with the people who benefit from them. Visits can be arranged to Nakatindi Community School, which provides education to 442 students, and the Chipego Bike Shop, which offers rental bicycles for a leisurely tour around the village. By witnessing these projects first hand, guests will gain a deeper understanding of the community's way of life and the transformative power of philanthropy in action.
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Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma's three boats serve multiple purposes, including fishing excursions. The largest fish caught to date weighed approximately 4.5 kg, demonstrating the thrilling angling opportunities available. Guests who wish to partake in fishing should ideally request and pay for a private boat dedicated to this activity. That said, the lodge strives to accommodate fishing enthusiasts as best as possible. It is important to note that during peak occupancy, all boats are reserved for the popular evening sunset cruise. Each year, the fishing season generally commences on the 1st of March and concludes on the 1st of December. This closure is enforced by the Zambian Wildlife Authority in accordance with local Fisheries' regulations. During the open season, fishing in the national park adheres to a strict "Catch and Release" policy to ensure environmental sustainability.
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White Water Rafting
The Zambezi River's rapids are officially classified as "Grade 5" by the British Canoe Union, providing an exhilarating adventure for thrill-seekers. Guests participating in a half-day white water rafting experience will gather in the lodge's reception area before transferring to the Zambezi Waterfront. There, they will check in, sign an indemnity form, and receive a briefing. The rafting journey concludes at rapid #10, where a truck stocked with cold drinks and beers will await, ready to transport you back to the Zambezi Waterfront for a well-earned lunch. Expect an assortment of savoury filled bread rolls, fruits, and fruit juice before being shuttled back to the lodge. Water is provided throughout the day. A minimum of four participants is required, and no children under 15 are allowed. Full-day, low-water, and high-water rafting options are also available at an additional cost.
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Flight of Angels
The Flight of Angels presents a remarkable opportunity to soar above the majestic Falls in a helicopter, offering unparalleled views of this natural wonder. While sightings of wildlife cannot be guaranteed, guests frequently spot elephants, buffaloes, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles and giraffes from the air. Participants can choose between a 15 or 30-minute flight, with a minimum of two and a maximum of six adventurers per excursion. The journey begins at the Maramba Aerodrome's helipad. Please note that this unique experience is available at an additional cost.
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Tour of the Falls Zimbabwe Side
Discover the Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwean side with a captivating guided tour. The transfer from the lodge to the entrance of the Falls in Zimbabwe takes about half an hour, depending on border formalities. Your knowledgeable guide will escort you around the Falls, sharing fascinating facts and history along the way. During high water months, when the spray from the Falls is likely to drench visitors, Sanctuary Retreats will provide raincoats. The approximately 1½-hour walk (3km) takes you through the rainforest, stopping at various viewing points. Be sure to wear appropriate clothing and shoes for the walk, as well as waterproof protection for your camera equipment. After the tour, you'll have the opportunity to browse the adjacent open-air markets for unique curios. Please note that this immersive experience is available at an additional cost.