Help! - Royal Livingstone vs. Sussi

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Jun 16th, 2005, 06:19 AM
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Help! - Royal Livingstone vs. Sussi

A few weeks ago I asked for advice on Victoria Falls accomodations based on feedback about the RL not being all it's touted to be.

We now have a confirmed reservation at the RL and a room on hold at Sussi & Chuma. What to do? I understand that the RL is only on a B&B basis and that Sussi is more all-inclusive...meals, tour of the falls, boat ride, drives etc. I've also seen a few negative posts about Sussi though. Anyone been to both?

Help me decide please

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Jun 16th, 2005, 07:17 AM
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cindymac,

Unfortunately, I have been to neither, but I have read mixed reports about the Royal Livingstone (as you will probably also be able to read by doing a search on this very forum).

They are probably both great venues, but for me, I would much rather stay at Sussi Lodge. It seems like a more personalized lodge, and as you mention, it is all-inclusive (but possibly 50% more expensive).

Sussi Lodge, by far, has the closest location to the falls than any other lodge. Only the Royal Livingstone and Zambezi Sun are closer, but it all comes down to a 5-star hotel experience vs. a 5-star luxury lodge experience.

I do have experience with Star Of Africa, and I am confident enough in Star Of Africa that I am ending my Zambian safari with 3 nights at Puku Ridge (after spending 7 nights with Star Of Africa last year at Kulefu and Chichele). While there were some problems at Kulefu, my stay at Chichele was absolutely flawless and Sussi Lodge seems to be more on par with Chichele than it does with Kulefu.

My vote, without hesitation, would be for Sussi Lodge.
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Jun 16th, 2005, 09:29 AM
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We were at Sussi & Chuma last July (early in the month). After the camps, the atmosphere was a lot less intimate than what we had become used to. The food was "really bad" - edible is just about the only description I can think of. And this was despite the presence of Star of Africa shareholders being on site for a meeting (we shared dinner with them one night and the meal was no better).

The other couple had no hot water for two days of their stay, but we had no problems in that respect. The room itself was quite luxurious, but be aware that the glass doors fronting the front of the room are not airtight.

Despite the negatives, we had a terrific time - mostly because we opted not to focus on the negatives. As well, we had terrific activities (both inclusive and non-inclusive). The sundowner cruises on the Zambezi (small motor boat) were wonderful. Our guide, Tindai, spent the entire day with us at the Falls, escorting us to the Zimbabwe side as well and then taking us to Victoria Falls Hotel for a walk through the grounds. The game drive through Mosi-oa-Tunya Natl Park was loads of fun - make sure you ask your driver to remove the canvas top for better viewing.

The one non-inclusive activity was our elephant back safari - half day - not enough words to describe the experience, but if you do a search on my screen name, you will find a snippet from my journal that I posted for someone else who was looking for information.

Whatever you do, have a terrific time.
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