Dining on the deck at Royal Chundu River Lodge

Our two lodges on the banks of the Zambezi River, you might have heard by now, recently received a beautiful makeover, a soft refurbishment under the design team of Artichoke.

The lodges’ suites blend together the colonial elegance that has always been present with a more characteristic African charm, one unafraid of colour and patterns.

Royal Chundu River Lodge is the arrival point for our guests and encapsulates the colours of the magical sunsets experienced in Zambia. It features elements of the printed bright coloured fabrics 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 grass matting.

Royal Chundu River Lodge Bar area

Royal Chundu River Lodge suite

Royal Chundu River Lodge suite

“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 in comfort and style.

Dining on the banks of the Zambezi at Royal Chundu River Lodge


Royal Chundu River Lodge


Royal Chundu River Lodge suite deck

Island Living

At Royal Chundu Island Lodge, cobalt blues of Africa and natural browns form the colour palette for the lodge and villas. We created a new dining area and small conversational areas for guests – so that you can enjoy the Zambezi from all angles of the lodge. The wall of the main fireplace is now a bold and bright blue and white, a definite focal point of the room.

Royal Chundu Island Lodge

The infinity pool at Royal Chundu Island Lodge

Royal Chundu Island Lodge suite

Royal Chundu Island Lodge suite


Private dining in your Royal Chundu Island Lodge suite

Your private deck at Royal Chundu Island Lodge

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 MD, Tina Aponte.

Discover more about our new Zambian Paradise here…

Thank you to all who made this beautiful refurb and exciting new era at Royal Chundu possible, as well as to Dook for incredible (characteristically Dook-esque) photos of our home.

We celebrated our new look with our Royal Chundu family in a special boma dinner

We didn’t want to spoil the experience for you with too many images but feel free to wander over to our website and online WETU brochure for more design inspiration from our river.