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OPENING 1 JUNE 2011

Sanctuary Retreats presents a walking safari like no other. Now you can explore the pristine wilderness of the South Luangwa – the home of the walking safari – with one of Zambia’s most experienced expert guides, whilst enjoying luxurious tent accommodation and fine dining. This is the ultimate bush adventure by foot, without forsaking personalised service or comfort.

The concentration of wildlife around camp is simply awe-inspiring. On the plains zebra, antelope, buffalo and puku congregate in vast numbers alongside endemic species such as the Thornicroft’s giraffe, Crawshay’s zebra and Cookson’s wildebeest. Predators such as lion, leopard and the elusive wild dog are often seen tracking their quarry and the rivers and tributaries are teeming with hippo, elephant and crocodile. A safari by foot also ensures that one can see many of the 400 species of birds found in the area as well as the rarely seen but fascinating “Little Five” (rhino beetle, buffalo weaver, elephant shrew, leopard tortoise and ant lion).

Sanctuary Zebra Plains is located in a particularly beautiful and untouched area of the South Luangwa, perched on a sand bank at the confluence of the Luangwa and Chibembe Rivers. There are just four traditional tents – two doubles and two twins. The camp accommodates a maximum of six guests, allowing for an intimate exploration of the South Luangwa. All tents have real beds, campaign furniture, mosquito nets, en suite facilities and flush toilets. Water for al fresco showers is mixed to your preferred temperature by a tent attendant. The main mess tent has a dining area although most of the meals will be served in the open in carefully selected vantage points. There is also a small library and bar area.

This is a seasonal camp operating from June to October each year and will open for the first time on June 1, 2011. Sanctuary Zebra Plains has been designed to leave the lowest possible carbon footprint and will be packed up completely each year with no trace that it was ever there between seasons.

In order to fully explore the South Luangwa, guests will spend three nights at Sanctuary Zebra Plains with set departures on Monday or Thursday. There is an option of combining  combining a walking safari with a stay at Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp or Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge, also in the park. These permanent properties offer morning and evening game drives, the perfect complement to Sanctuary Zebra Plains.

 

Lodge location: In the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park on the banks of the Zambezi River, only 12km from Victoria Falls

Due to the rising water levels of the Zambezi River in Livingstone Sanctaury Retreats has on a temporary basis relocated the Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma treatment room to one of the Chuma houses where they will continue to offer guests relaxing treatments. Should the levels of the river continue to rise there might also be a need to close the main pool facility. All guests will also be briefed on arrival at Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma.
 
Please note the lodge is way above the flood levels and all the usual activities are still on offer.
 
We will keep you updated on any further developments, so keep on watching this blog.

 

A SIGHT LIKE NO OTHER AT SANCTUARY SUSSI & CHUMA, ZAMBIA

During the Zambezi River’s annual flood season, February to May, the Victoria Falls is a jaw-dropping sight. Columns of spray can be seen up to 10 miles away as 550 million cubic metres of water plummet over the 1080 meter wide edge every 60 seconds, into a gorge over 100 meters below. One of the best ways of seeing the spectacular World Heritage site is from above. Guest staying at Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma have the option of seeing the falls from a helicopter or micro light (at an additional cost).

LODGE INFORMATION

Location: In the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park on the banks of the Zambezi River, only 12km from Victoria Falls,

Type: 1 exclusive upmarket lodge and 2 spacious two bedroom houses.

Fresh from an extensive refurbishment and in supreme condition, Sussi & Chuma lodge is named after David Livingstone’s faithful companions, Sussi and Chuma. The lodge consists of 12 beautiful tree houses and two spacious two bedroom private houses, both of which take full advantage of their stunning river-bank setting.

Each of the 12 suites have a private viewing deck with en-suite facilities with air-conditioning, overhead fans, mosquito nets. The two bedroom houses are perfect for private use, ideal for families or small groups they are privately staffed and each with a private swimming pool.

Resident wildlife, such as hippopotamus and elephant, are likely to wander through the grounds at any time. Guests may enjoy a wide variety of activities – day and night game drives, a guided tour of the Victoria Falls from the Zambian Side, cultural Simonga village visit.