There are many ways to explore the Zambezi River, but only two ways to approach it. With caution and respect. Think of it as a wild horse. With all its beauty and allure, it is still wild. It does bite. But if you follow the rules, it’s an experience that defines a life.

Our advice? 1. Do not sneak up on it, out of the blue. – Be prepared. Take a raincoat to the Victoria Falls. 2. Pay attention to its body language. It’s an animal of varied moods. Act accordingly. – The river changes throughout the year, rising around May after the summer rains and dropping from October through to November. But each season brings something new, a different experience. Around June and July, the Falls roar thunderously and are no doubt at their most awesome, but the drier end of the year opens up the Devil’s Pool and with the spray subsiding you can truly see the geography of the wonder clearly. It also reveals unexpected sandbanks along the river, calling us to set up new picnic spots and beach dinners.

From our home on the banks, we consider ourselves the river’s wranglers, reigning it in so that you can encounter its magnificence.

Victoria Falls

For the best ways to do so, discover our Top 15 Adventures at Royal Chundu – on both the river and its banks, in no particular order:

1. Sunset Cruises


Royal Chundu

2. Visit the Victoria Falls

Discover more about the Victoria Falls on our website, whether it’s via helicopter, microlight or on foot that you wish to explore it…

Victoria Falls


3. Go on a canoeing and picnic adventure


Royal Chundu 1

A private picnic on the banks of the Zambezi at Royal Chundu

3. Bath Outdoors at Island Lodge



4. Tour the Village

Discover more about our community involvement here and meet the Mothers of Mushekwa, the locals who know the Zambezi best.

Mothers of Mushekwa



Village tour

6.      Star & Moon Gazing


7.      Visit the Royal Chundu Foundation School

Meet the people of our school in our blog, Lady Luck and the Katombora Kids.

Teacher Lucky

8. Dine on the Zambezi’s beaches

Beach Dinner

Beach Dining

9. Go on a lunch time boat cruise

And look out for our elephants…

Elephants on the Zambezi Tamlin Wightman 10

Elephants on the Zambezi Tamlin Wightman 4

10. Experience a taste of Zambia with our tasting menu

Discover more about the art of dining at Royal Chundu here.

Tasting Menu

Tasting Menu 1

Tasting Menu 2

11.  Go on a guided walk of Katombora Island

Katombora Island

12. Walk, ride or run through our surrounding community


13. Rest a while with our in-room spa treatments



14. Join the Parrot Fish Run

Discover more in Relais & Châteaux Africa’s blog, Parrot Fishing on the Yemen, Pardon, The Zambezi.

Parrotfish Run 2015 (435)

Parrotfish Run 2015 (424)

15. Go on a birding safari

Meet the birds of the Zambezi on a special guided birding cruise (or a canoe trip if you prefer) on the river.



Tell us: What are your favourites?

Contact us to find out more and to plan your own Zambezi experience.