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Thorntree River Lodge

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8/10

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Highlights

- 10 contemporary chalets
- Opened in May 2017
- Pool, gym & spa
- Close to Victoria Falls

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Overview

Located just a short distance from the world-renowned Victoria Falls, Zambia’s Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park is the home of the luxurious Thorntree River Lodge which opened its doors in May 2017. Set on the banks of the Zambezi River and open from June to October every year, Thorntree has a pristine, contemporary feel and is made up of ten spacious stone and thatch chalets, eight of which are double suites, along with two family units. The lodge also features a small library with Wi-Fi, a gym, a swimming pool, and a lovely spa overlooking the Zambezi River. While staying at Thorntree, guests can enjoy river cruises, fishing excursions, and visits to Victoria Falls. The area around the lodge is teeming with wildlife, and guests can usually spot zebras, antelope, giraffes and warthogs among the animals that roam the area.

Inspired by local customs and culture, Thorntree River Lodge is environmentally designed with tented roof structures to give it an authentic African feel. The eye-catching communal deck sits right at the river’s edge, and houses a sunken ‘boma’ and an enticing infinity pool. The main communal area features a small library, a large lounge with a bar area, and a striking open dining area. In warmer months, guests dine outdoors, serenaded by the gentle sounds of the river. Each of the lodge’s double suites boasts its own indoor and outdoor bathroom and private plunge pool.

For anyone wishing to take a closer look at the local wildlife, we recommend game drives around Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, and walking safaris with lions at the adjacent Lion Encounter Centre, where the money earned from the walking tours is used to support an excellent programme which nurtures the young cubs of captive-bred African lions before releasing them into the wild. Of course, there’s no need to go far at all to spot animals; elephants often wander near the lodge, and hippos can sometimes be seen cooling off in the river.

Other activities from Thorntree include sunset cruises, and of course a visit to the breath taking Victoria Falls where it’s possible to simply relax and enjoy the fabulous views, go shopping, or participate in a multitude of water and adrenalin sports (subject to additional cost). The Livingstone Museum is also worth a visit, and strolls into the nearby village to learn more about local customs, observe day to day life within the community, and perhaps purchase a souvenir from the African craft markets are highly recommended.

Families are more than welcome at Thorntree, and many of the activities are suitable for small children. Each of the two family suites comprises four beds, with inter-leading walkways between parent and child bedrooms, both of which have en-suite bathrooms. Parents should note that the lodge is unfenced, and while the likelihood of wildlife approaching the lodge is low, children must be supervised at all times.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 501 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    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!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan 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

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

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