Secluded riverside elegance in a Relais & Châteaux property


Facilities & services

  • 10 suites, sleeps 20 in total
  • Spa
  • Dining area and lounge
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar and wine cellar
  • Kid's Club
  • WiFi


  • Trips to the falls
  • Kayaking on the river
  • Speedboat trips
  • Fishing
  • Daily sundowner river cruise

Set on a quiet, secluded spot some distance up the Zambezi river, the Royal Chundu River Lodge oozes sophistication and grace. Overlooking the unspoiled expanse of the Zambezi River and the Zimbabwean savanna of the Matetsi Private Game Reserve, it’s a place to come and relax by the river, watching for the wildlife that pass by. The lodge is a Relais & Châteaux property, only one of two in Zambia. The other is The River Lodge’s sister property, The Island Lodge.

Royal Chundu properties support a selection of positive impact initiatives including Pack for a Purpose, a foundation school and a seed project.

Composed of 10 luxurious suites sleeping 20 people in total, River Lodge is the main hub at Royal Chundu and the larger of the two lodges. Each magnificent and spacious river-front suite features thatched roofs and opens on to a private deck for uninterrupted river views. Suites come with double showers and king-size beds.

For evening meals, enjoy the unique African experience of the dining outside at the beautiful boma. There’s also a dining room for intimate indoor occasions. Excellent spa facilities will help you unwind while activities are a mix of river-based relaxation and Falls-based adventure.

Positive Impact

Pack for a purpose

Royal Chundu is part of the Pack for a Purpose initiative in which guests are encouraged to bring fewer kilograms in their suitcases to save space for school supplies for the local community.

For the community

The Royal Chundu Foundation School schools 500 local kids from early education to 12th grade and includes an adult literacy programme, online hospitality programme and culinary school. It provides students with tablets loaded with the Zambian curriculum, provide students with healthy breakfast and lunch each day. Royal Chundu properties also employ 99 percent Zambian staff who are mostly local.

Seed Project and beyond

The group’s Seed Project donates seeds to local villagers to grow vegetables, flowers and herbs and then buys them back at market price. They also provide local villagers with materials to create gifts for the hotel boutique where they can sell these.

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