Highlights of Tongabezi Lodge
- Stunning river setting on an open expanse of the Zambezi river near the Victoria Falls, Zambia
- The Houses are very romantic and wild, completely open to the river views
- Each house has an evocative huge sunken bath
- Perfect for honeymooners
- African textures, colours and spirit
- Range of inclusive activities – boat cruises, canoeing, guided trips to the Victoria Falls
- Perhaps combine with Sindabezi island
Tongabezi Lodge is a romantic retreat which lies on a sweeping bend of the Zambezi river, facing west toward the sunset, 18 kilometres upstream from Victoria Falls and Livingstone in Zambia. The lodge has open expansive views of the river and a wild, romantic feel. Privately owned and run, Tongabezi combines romance and exclusivity with warm and attentive service. You choose between one of the luxurious houses or river cottages. Each has its own valet, who takes care of you and acts as a private concierge.
The Houses at Tongabezi Lodge are furnished with local Zambian materials and designed with romance and indulgence in mind. Tongabezi is proud of their crazily indulgent reputation! Dominating each house is the huge, king-size bed. Sweeping views over the Zambezi River are also a feature with each house completely open to the front affording superb river views and sounds. Your private balcony overlooking the river is the perfect setting for a romantic dinner under the African stars, or you can choose to dine with other guests on one of the river decks. Honeymoon House was the first but it has now been joined by the equally romantic Bird House, Tree House, Dog House and the most luxurious Nut House.
Dog House has been completely rebuilt and now offers a fantasy retreat for families or two couples. Three decks are connected by elevated walkways. The central deck is designed around play and relaxation with sitting area, double-sided fireplace, dining area and bar. Outside is an infinity pool merging into the river below. Two dreamy bedrooms feature stunning bathrooms and offer the perfect retreat.
Five expansive river cottages are situated along the river bank. These are not open-fronted and so suit people who are not comfortable with the open-sided houses. Each has a large double bed or two singles, mosquito net, en suite bath and shower, and a terrace for relaxing, dining and enjoying the idyllic Zambezi River views.
The Garden House is their family villa – set in a secluded garden setting where all the members of the family can spread out a bit. It comprises two double en suite bedrooms, large lounge, dining room where private meals are served, garden to run around in and private plunge pool. Please note that, as the name suggest, this House does not have a river view, but it has lots to offer instead.
Facilities at Tongabezi Lodge
Tongabezi’s public areas are decorated in an earthy yet stylish African vibe and include an open air bar, sitting area and dining area. However, dining is usually alfresco on one of the river decks. Dining tends not to be communal, unless requested, which often suits romantic couples and honeymooners.
The swimming pool is landscaped into a rock face. There’s also a private spa sala for massages or relexology. The Lookout is the latest of Tongabezi’s whacky indulgent ideas – the ultimate chill zone where you can feel at one with the river. Hidden behind is a high-tech room for when you just have to stay in touch.
Inclusive activities at Tongabezi Lodge include a guided tour of the Victoria Falls, canoeing on the Zambezi River, boating to a desert island for a picnic, private candlelit dinner on the floating sampan, boating at sunrise and sunset, a visit to Simonga village in Zambia, guided bush walks including bird watching, fishing, tour of Livingstone museum, game drives and visits to the Maramba market.
River Cottages - Price per person from: R 8 547Because the River Cottages are close-fronted with gauze netting in the windows, we find they are better suited to guests who feel nervous about sleeping in open fronted rooms, but still wish to listen to the sounds of the bush at night. Personal valet’s are assigned to every room at Tongabezi luxury lodge. A visit to Victoria Falls is only one of many activities that can be enjoyed in the area.
Nut House - Price per person from: R 12 073A haven from the elements, it is entirely enclosed with light streaming in through every wall. Charming glass tiles reflect the sunrise in African patterns onto the wood and stone floors. Folding doors open into the private garden and infinity plunge pool. Spectacular views over the Zambezi are guaranteed from the elevated position on the river bank.
Tree House - Price per person from: R 10 386At the end of the swimming pool a hidden path winds along the cliff face to our secluded Tree House. Set against the basalt rock bed, amongst the branches of a riverine Ebony tree, this house spreads out over a sustainable pine deck that guarantees incredible views of the Zambezi River. The king size bed has a large, canopied mosquito net with air conditioning and the extensive space can also be used for private dining and lounging. The bathroom’s crowning glory is a perfectly positioned claw footed bath and from the Anatolian carpets to the Asian chests and West African artwork the Tree House invokes exotic day dreams. All the inclusive Tongabezi activities are available... but this house is so much part of the surroundings that you can experience the beauty and majesty of Zambia without setting a foot outside.
Bird House - Price per person from: R 10 386The Bird House features an open-air sunken bath and a private terrace for dining under the stars. Guests can go canoeing on the river, join game drives, bush walks and enjoy sunset boat trips. Luxury camps such as Tongabezi provide a perfect base to explore Victoria Falls and the stunning African bush surrounding it.
Honeymoon House - Price per person from: R 10 386Built with the perfect view, indulgence and privacy in mind the Honeymoon House is the original blueprint for luxury Tongabezi accommodation. The private balcony overlooks the river, providing a perfect setting for a secluded candlelit dinner beneath the stars. Alternatively, you can choose to dine with our other guests on one of the river decks.
Dog House - Price per person from: R 12 073The Dog House personifies the Tonga ethos of exclusivity, romance and luxury with a twist of quirkiness. Located at the very end of the elevated garden path, guests enter this private haven through a heavy wooden door. The house hugs the Zambezi River along a private deck that sits low across the water. Recently extensively refurbished, the house remains magnificently proportioned. The sprawling space presents a number of loosely designated chill zones - each one meticulously designed to fulfill function, comfort and unapologetic beauty. Whether you manage to venture out to enjoy the inclusive activities, dabble in serious adventure – or simply elect to order the massages in - the brand new Dog House is so much more than a beautiful, African Fusion style accommodation choice... it is the experience of a life time.
Garden House - Price per person from: R 10 386The result of a number of years of energy, imagination and many conversations with top travel specialists and our guests the Garden House perfectly fills the family travel niche at Tongabezi. Set back from the river, seclusion and shelter are a happy swop for the sweeping Zambezi views that can still be enjoyed from any of the decks of the main lodge. It is a very private, very safe space where all the members of the family can spread out a little and indulge in an exclusive dining room, large lounge, two double en-suite bedrooms and of course run around the garden and cool off in the private plunge pool. Tongabezi is proud of our crazily indulgent reputation and the Garden House is no compromise: Whether you are a wide eyed bush baby or parents who believe romance should always be a priority.
Sindabezi Chalet - Price per person from: R 7 191Sindabezi Chalets have solar heated showers, and distinctive ‘loos with a view’ set along private wooden walkways. At night-time, a trail of hurricane lamps light your way back to the chalet across the soft sand. A luxuriously inviting, canopied bed ensures a wonderful night’s sleep as the Zambezi winds its way downstream to the Falls far below. Although the chalets are perfectly secluded, the island is also ideal for families or groups who would like to consider a private booking.
Sindabezi Honeymoon Chalet - Price per person from: R 7 828Chalet Five is our ‘Honeymoon’ chalet and is situated on a secluded sandy shore at the end of the island. The brand new, old-fashioned claw footed bath is perfect for two. Thanks to our solar panelling, hot water and ambient bedside lighting is assured, The entire Sindabezi Island is also romantically lit with traditional hurricane lamps and candles.
Tangala House - R 0Tangala House is a luxurious family home on the banks of the Zambezi River, close to Tongabezi it lies 15km upstream of Victoria Falls. The house has four bedrooms, three with en-suite bathrooms, and a 12m private swimming pool. Stylishly designed and furnished, it has featured in House and Garden magazine in the UK and comes with a vehicle and boat, chef, waiters and private guide all courtesy of Tongabezi.
Ideal for a Zambia family safari, Tangala House sleeps up to 8 and has a children’s playroom and a spacious kitchen-dining room. The rooms are enclosed, with large glass fitted windows to keep out the insects and allow guests to enjoy magnificent views across the Zambezi.
Over 145 species of birds have been spotted from the kitchen window and elephant herds can often be seen drinking on the opposite bank.