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Tongabezi Lodge

Our rating

9/10

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Highlights

- Huge array of activities
- Quirky architectural style
- Spectacular views from every room
- High level of service

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Overview

Tongabezi lodge is a top end safari lodge on the banks of the Zambezi River, 20km upstream from Victoria Falls, in Zambia. An elegant and modern property in a surprisingly rural area, Tongabezi has a nice range of wildlife whilst still being in close proximity to the Falls themselves.

The lodge very much focuses on exclusivity and romance and hence many of the guest areas are candle lit with river views. A larger camp, Tongabezi has a range of guest areas including cocktail decks, dining and lounge areas and a floating ‘look out’ area, taking advantage of the beautiful riverside location.

Thanks to its tucked away position, Tongabezi Lodge can offer a range of activities in addition to trips to Victoria Falls and game viewing in Victoria Falls National Park. Motorboat safari, canoeing, white water rafting and canyoning are just some of the water sports guests can choose from, as well as cultural excursions to neighbouring villages. Game drives, bush walks and boating trips are all included and an onsite spa offers a range of treatments.

Accommodation is split into five cottage rooms and six ‘houses’, all of which are individually named and designed. All the suites are large and elegantly furnished, with private outdoor decks overlooking the river and all but the ‘Tree House’ have folding doors. Personal valets are assigned to every room and we recommend looking at the property’s website for an in depth description of each ‘house’ to see which is most appropriate for your stay. (For example, The Garden House is particularly suited to families with a private pool and plenty of space for kids to play).

Tongabezi welcomes children from 7 years old and is a camp very much geared up for children. Dining times and menus can be adjusted to suit families as well as a host of activities being offered including drumming lessons, a visit to a nearby village school, tiger fishing and quiz nights. With so much to do, with or without parents, this is a great choice for all the family.

Whilst Tongabezi is not in true ‘safari land’, this can be a great place to include either at the beginning or end of a safari and in order to visit Victoria Falls. Privately owned and operated, this English couple have done a fantastic job of providing high levels of service, accommodation and activities. One of our favourites, Tongabezi is the lap of luxury in a picturesque location.

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Average Rating

based on 502 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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