Royal Chundu, the first Relais & Châteaux property in Zambia and Victoria Falls area, has recently undergone a major refurbishment under the design team of Artichoke.
Royal Chundu consists of two luxurious lodges on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. The spacious suites blend colonial elegance and African charm, offering thatched accommodation in 14 beautiful villas, ten are on the banks of the Zambezi at River Lodge and four at the private and exclusive Island Lodge.
River Lodge is the arrival point of guests visiting the lodge and encapsulates the colours of the magical sunsets experienced in Zambia, the printed brightly coloured fabrics (locally known as chitenge) worn by the traditional African dancers and local villagers, the baskets they carry on their head and use for storage can been seen in the use of cane furniture and the grass matting.
‘We painted various walls at River Lodge to reproduce the colours and design from the cushions to lift and give definition to the various areas. We also painted the pool wall which makes a fabulous statement and can be seen from across the river,’ says Caline Williams-Wyn, Artichoke.
Extra seating areas were created on the deck so guests can relax and enjoy the majestic Zambezi River in comfort and style.
Island Lodge, being an island, the cobalt blues of Africa and the natural browns form the colour palette for the lodge and villas. A new dining area was also created and small conversational areas for guests to use so that they can enjoy the Zambezi from all angles of the Lodge and really feel that they are staying on an island. The fireplace wall has been painted in blue and white motifs making a focal point in the room.
Accessories sourced throughout Africa complete the look across both lodges.
‘We adore the new looks that have been created across the lodge. The colour palettes are truly African. The décor is relaxed yet sophisticated and offers our guests the best in comfort so they can experience the Zambezi at its best,’ says Royal Chundu owner Tina Aponte.
Royal Chundu means ‘the meeting place of the chief’ optimising the very best that Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River can offer! Royal Chundu is situated just upstream from the magnificent Victoria Falls on a 15 km stretch of private Zambezi River, which is protected by two sets of rapids. Royal Chundu is the only lodge along the Zambezi that does not share its waterways with other Zambian operators ensuring absolute peace and privacy for our guests.
Royal Chundu offers guests luxurious accommodation, world-class service and sumptuous pan-African cuisine. Visitors can also look forward to visiting the famous falls, enjoying a spot of game viewing in the nearby Chobe National Park in Botswana, bird watching safaris, fly fishing, river rafting, and visits to neighbouring villages.
Royal Chundu offers the perfect romantic escape or a fun-filled unique family holiday – an exceptional break from the ordinary. Together with the support of the local communities, Royal Chundu strives to enhance the conservation and unspoiled beauty of this land, river and its islands, ensuring it will be enjoyed for the future generations.