Although it was built years ago, Tongabezi’s design is still unique across Africa and it remains an old favourite. It has some of the best rooms in the entire area, giving this fabulous lodge 5 paws. The service is excellent and the accommodation is of a high standard throughout. While the slightly less expensive River Cottages are beautiful, we recommend spending that little bit extra for one of the unique Houses.
Zambia’s Tongabezi Lodge is an exclusive lodge located on the banks of the Zambezi River, 15km upstream from the magnificent Victoria Falls. Tongabezi is set in a grove of African ebony trees on a sweeping bend of the Zambezi River. The setting is phenomenal and provides guests with the perfect escape from the business of Livingstone town itself.
Tongabezi was one of the first top end lodges in the area and set the standard for new lodge design across Africa. The lavish accommodation consists of five river cottages and six spacious open-planned stone and thatch houses. Five of the cottages have a private deck overlooking the river, whilst the garden cottage is perfect for families with a children’s’ room, private living room and garden area set back from the riverbank. All have ensuite bathrooms, flush "loos with views", bath and shower.
The individually named houses - Tree House, Bird House, Honeymoon House, Nut House and Dog House, each have unique architectural features and are built in local materials. Each house is stunning with open-plan bedrooms, four poster double bed (Dog House has two bedrooms) with large airy mosquito canopies, ensuite bathrooms with baths and showers. Extra beds can be provided in Bird House, Honeymoon House and Dog House for families, but not at Tree House. The lodge also has a health spa where various treatments and massages are available, at an extra cost,
The lodge also has a wealth of different activities on offer, all included in the price. Canoeing, island lunches, floating river meals, visits to the Mukuni Park, sunrise and sunset boating, visits to the local villages, guided bush walks, museum tours, fishing trips on the Zambezi and guided tours of Livingstone and Victoria Falls itself. If you like eating in different places, ask for dinner on their floating 'Sampan' - a platform anchored off shore and your candlelit meal delivered by canoe on the river.
Activities not included in the price include visits to Livingstone Island, white water rafting trips, helicopter rides, microlights, gorge swings, bungee jumping,horse riding and a number of other activities available in and around Livingstone.
Trips into Chobe National Park are great if you haven't got the time to go on a full-blown safari. Day trips are offered where you can go in search of the 'Big 5' and view the sepctacular wildlife that Southern Africa has to offer.