Revamp revealed for bespoke Victoria Falls favourite
Luxury safari specialist Sanctuary Retreats has raised the bar in Zambia with the unveiling of its refurbished Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma property at Victoria Falls.
The extensive facelift to the lodge is the latest to be revealed as part of a multi-million-dollar investment program currently rolling out across the Sanctuary portfolio, and firmly positions the boutique riverside retreat among the most exclusive luxury accommodation in Zambia.
Set on a bend of the Zambezi River in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, just twelve kilometres from Victoria Falls, the lodge is named after Dr David Livingstone’s faithful friends, Sussi and Chuma. In keeping with Sanctuary Retreats’ Luxury, Naturally ethos, the redesign ingeniously maximises its magical setting in one of the most beautiful parts of the Zambezi, strengthening the feeling of a connection with nature, whether inside or out.
The most detailed changes are evident in Sussi & Chuma’s communal areas, including the addition of a new Explorer Lounge and an expansive riverside outdoor bar. Overlooking the Zambezi, the bar offers incredible and unrivalled views over this magnificent river – especially spectacular at sunset. The extended outdoor decking area includes a remodelled boma fire pit, as well as a new dining area, while inside, the intimate and inviting Livingstone Bar is the perfect spot to sip on a cocktail.
The lodge’s 12 luxurious Sussi treehouses, linked by elevated wooden walkways, have also been comprehensively remodelled, offering a sophisticated take on modern safari life. Each one has now been enriched with a very authentic Zambian character, evident in stylish interiors which feature local artworks, hand crafted rugs and easy chairs dressed in a map print evoking the intrepid trails of the Lodge’s erstwhile namesakes – Sussi and Chuma.
Each one comes with all the five-star fixtures and fittings you would expect from one of the world’s leading boutique safari operators, with indulgent touches including freestanding baths, a fully stocked minibar and gym boxes for in-room workouts. Adding to the feeling of exclusivity, the riverfront terrace of each treehouse has also been redesigned to deliver guests with even greater privacy and shade.
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma also offers two private houses, each with two bedrooms, its own dining area and deck with plunge pools, as well as a private chef and dedicated staff – perfect for families, multigenerational travellers, or those seeking the ultimate exclusive safari getaway.
Prices at Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma start from USD$585 per person per night, twin share, including all meals and drinks (excluding premium brands) and transfers to and from Livingstone Airport. There’s also a choice of two daily shared game viewing activities including tours of Victoria Falls on the Zambian side, game drives in the National Park, a sundowner cruise, local school and village tours, walking safaris, fishing and canoeing excursions.
And for even better savings, take advantage of Sanctuary Retreats’ extended stay offer 2018, when guests stay at one or more of Sanctuary’s properties including, Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma, depending on the season of travel.
Stay 4 – 6 nights and save up to 30% or stay 7+ nights and save up to 40%. Terms and conditions apply.
This article appeared in LATTE – Luxury Australian Travel Trade enews. Read more at LATTEluxurynews.com