Michelle’s visit to Chundu Island
Chundu Island is a remote, island camp 35 km upstream from Victoria Falls. In high water, smaller boats are able to access the camp, however, most transfers are done via the road through the Park. This transfer takes clients along the river and is a great opportunity to absorb the length and breadth of the Zambezi. There are some breathtaking views en-route as well as great game viewing.
A 5-minute “ferry” transfer from the mainland across to the island and one is on Chundu Island – a camp taking up most of the island. We arrived just before sunset and a compulsory viewing with a glass of wine in hand was the immediate order of the day! We appreciated the incredible island sunset but not the sharp drop in temperature afterwards.
However, Chundu has a huge central fireplace which allows for all the guests to come together. The 12 rooms were spacious and tastefully furnished with the compulsory outside shower which we all decided to leave for the morning! All the decks look out over the river and the steam coming off the river in the morning was ghostly and surreal! Meals were thankfully in a heated dining area, however, the outside dining in summer must be exceptional. The menus gave two choices in each course and it was all delicious. Night time lullabies were the grunt of hippo, the bark of bushbuck and the occasional giggle of hyena on the mainland whilst the morning was a deafening
chorus of island birdsong.
Activities offered are game drives on the mainland, boat cruises and fishing. We recommend Chundu Island is a perfect destination after the excitement and vibe of Victoria Falls. It is where guests can unwind, relax and absorb the beauty of a very magnificent river and its surroundings. We would recommend at least two nights to completely be an “islander” away from the hustle and bustle of Victoria Falls. It is the very essence of the river itself.