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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 503 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • 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

  • 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!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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