- Exclusive private house
- Large pool and gym
- Private game drives & boat trips
- Cultural visits
Tangala House in Livingstone, Zambia, is the private home of the founders of Tongabezi, a group of stylish houses and cottages nestled on the banks of the Zambezi River. This exclusive four-bedroomed property is open to guests from June to August and during the Christmas and Easter holidays when the founders are away. The house sleeps up to six people in four beautiful, air-conditioned bedrooms with stunning mosaic-tiled bathrooms complete with claw-footed bathtubs. A well-equipped private gym, large pool, and playroom for children are key features of this high-end retreat. Guests are extremely well looked after throughout their stay by a private team of staff from the main Tongabezi Lodge. The surroundings are breath taking, and watching elephants drinking from the river, or hippos and crocodiles peeking through the surface of the water is a delight.
Unlike other lodges in the area, those who stay at Tangala House have full control of their own itinerary and can make use of the private boat for river excursions, and the 4WD for safaris or transport to the nearby village. There’s a wide range of all-inclusive activities on offer, which guests can book at a time to suit themselves. From canoeing on the river to take a closer look at the crocodiles, to sunset or sunrise river cruises, there's plenty to do. Private game drives will reveal elephants in their natural habitat, along with a great variety of birdlife. Zambia’s national bird, the African Fish Eagle, is the most commonly seen bird in the area. Guided visits to the nearby Victoria Falls, the Maramba markets, the villages of Simonga and Tujatane, or the local school are also on offer. The Livingstone Museum is certainly worth a visit, although this is subject to an additional entry fee.
After an adventure-packed day, we recommend retreating back to the house to relax in the substantial 13 metre private pool, watch a show on the satellite TV, or make use of the uncapped WiFi access. There’s a cosy fireplace for cooler months, and guests are free to relax any time in the living room or under the open-thatched veranda. Note that there are three friendly dogs who are permanent residents at the house.
Tangala House is very welcoming to families. In fact, the whole house has been designed with families in mind. In addition to the four double bedrooms, three of which are en-suite, there is a playroom with toys and books for younger family members. The pool has a shallow end so everyone can enjoy playing in the water, and the whole house has glass windows designed to keep insects out. Parents are advised that the property is unfenced, so children must be supervised at all times.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019