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Tongabezi Lodge

Zambezi River


From US$550

Lodge Description

Since our inception we have understood that a journey can act like truth serum. For a finite space in time the traveller is buffered against what is taken for granted and is able to experience enlightenment, beauty and Technicolor dreams.

Go ahead and expect the delightfully unexpected from the moment you open your eyes in the morning. A stunning sunrise, a playful baby rhino, a bubble bath awaiting your return courtesy of your valet...

The Experience
There is no set pattern to days at Tongabezi. Guests do as much or as little as they wish, with game drives, bush walks and boating trips all included in the price. Take a short guided tour of the majestic Victoria Falls. You can also enjoy the Falls from inside the gorge, from Livingstone Island and from the air.

Houses & Cottages
Our five Houses and four River Cottages are individually styled and cater for two to five guests. Experience lavish romance at the Honeymoon House, wake up amongst the birds in the Tree House, or enjoy a romantic dinner overlooking the Zambezi River from the private deck of your own River Cottage.

A wide range of activities are on offer during your stay at Tongabezi. Visit Victoria Falls, enjoy an early morning Game Drive, drift down the Zambezi River on a Sunset Cruise, or book a romantic Sampan dinner floating out on the river. There are also some great activities for adrenaline junkies – white water rafting, elephant back safaris, microlight and helicopter flights, or the famous Victoria Falls bungee jump. Community minded? Do visit our Tongabezi Trust School, Tujatane. Our students are officially amongst the best performers in Zambia, regularly winning national drama, poetry, and traditional dancing competitions, and they’d love the chance to show off their skills.

Victoria Falls
One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Mosi-oa-Tunya or ‘smoke that thunders' is a short drive from Tongabezi. Our guides will take you to view the breath-taking cascades of water and walk you across Knife Edge bridge, where in high water you might be drenched in the spray. You can also visit Livingstone Island and gaze upon the Falls as David Livingstone first did: from amongst them. The daring might even choose to swim in Devil’s Pool, a natural rock pool that sits on the very edge of the abyss. For those who wish to see the view from above, our team will be happy to organise a non-inclusive microlight or helicopter flight through the gorge and over the Falls.

Dining at Tongabezi
Our commitment to fresh seasonal food, entertaining presentation and the option for adventurous travellers to partake in typical Zambian cuisine is legendary. Tongabezi Lodge and Sindabezi Island share four chefs, two pastry chefs and two full kitchen teams, headed by the inimitable Chef Zuwi Nawa. Our kitchens benefit from regular training by international chefs.

Your Personal Valet
'Welcome to Tongabezi'. If you've ever been our guest, you'll always remember the warm Zambian hospitality of our team. After toasting your arrival with a local aperitif, your personal valet will take you to one of our unique Houses or River Cottages along the banks of the Zambezi and will take care of you for the duration of your stay.

The Lookout and Hangout were conceived as the ultimate chill out zones perched on the edge of the Zambezi River. You can book your lunch or dinner at either venue, or dine on our Dining Deck next to the fire pit surrounded by exotic lanterns. The Pool is set against a rocky outcrop with a large lounge bed in the treetops overlooking the lazy Zambezi River.

The Food
Our commitment to fresh seasonal food, entertaining presentation and the option for adventurous travellers to partake in typical Zambian cuisine is legendary.
Apart from our Executive Training chef, Tongabezi and Sindabezi share three chefs, three cooks and two pastry chefs. Livingstone Island also has a kitchen team to take care of guests visiting the island.
The menus are regularly updated in keeping with the seasonal produce that we grow in our own state-of-the-art vegetable and herb gardens and fruit orchard.
If you have green fingers (or dream of them!) please take a tour of our kitchen garden - fertilized with organic compost, the gardens provide gorgeous local greens, herbs and succulent citrus picked on a daily basis for our guest table.


Owner Run

Lodge Details

Property Type

Semi-Permanent Tented Camp






Max. clients in vehicle


Livingstone Airport



Activities Included

Falls visit; sunset, daytime or dawn cruise; fishing; island picnic; guided birding; guided village walk; guided tour of town & local markets, Game Drives

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