- Tranquil river location
- Wildlife viewing in camp
- Excellent access to Victoria Falls
Toka Leya is an upmarket, safari-style tented camp in a beautiful, riverside setting only 12km from the world-renowned Victoria Falls in southern Zambia. Situated on the banks of the Zambezi River in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, the camp is a comfortable, contemporary option at the higher end of the price bracket. The lovely facilities include a pool, spa, and air-conditioned gym, and there’s a wide range of off-site activities including guided rhino-tracking, tranquil water-based excursions, and adrenalin sports. Conveniently located for the historic town of Livingstone and the nearby airport, this peaceful waterside retreat, flanked by woodland, is home to hippo, crocodile and elephants, whilst the surrounding National Park supports a diversity of bird and wildlife including giraffe, zebra, buffalo, baboon, wildebeest, and the endangered white rhino.
The main guest areas consist of spacious, open-sided lounge, bar, and dining areas under canvas, with neutral décor and comfortable, contemporary furnishings. Mealtimes accommodate both group dining and individual table service, with delicious cuisine served indoors or on the terrace. There is a delightful pool with stunning views, along with a pleasant campfire area, perfect for evening stargazing. Guests can relax and be pampered in the riverside spa, whilst the more energetic can enjoy the air conditioned gym. There is also a small souvenir shop.
Activities include game drives, guided nature walks, river safaris, and catch-and-release fishing. Nature enthusiasts can experience the thrill of rhino tracking with a professional guide. Excursions include the legendary Victoria Falls, Livingstone town, and cultural visits to local communities. Guests can enjoy a breath-taking helicopter tour of the Falls, subject to additional cost. White water rafting and canoeing excursions are also available. Toka Leya prides itself on its eco-friendly ethos and guests are invited on a ‘back of house’ tour of the camp’s various energy saving and recycling initiatives.
The accommodation consists of 12 well-appointed canvas and timber safari-style tents built on raised decking, accessed from the main areas by elevated wooden walkways. Spacious and very comfortable, each tent comprises double or twin four poster beds draped with mosquito nets, and a relaxing lounge area. All have generous ensuite bathrooms comprising twin basins and flush toilet, along with indoor and delightfully indulgent outdoor showers. All units have fans and air conditioning. Outside is a large wooden veranda with loungers and great views of the Zambezi.
Children are very welcome. Three of the tents are dedicated family units containing a second, air conditioned bedroom with twin beds. Note that the camp is unfenced and wild animals do at times wander through. Although these up-close sightings are a real highlight of a stay at Toka Leya, and it is rare for animals to approach tents or humans, children should remain under parental supervision 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