Tongabezi is a much loved haven of peace on the banks of the Zambezi River in Zambia. This owner-run boutique hotel has plenty of character and impressive attention to detail. It is a very special spot and has a welcomed many returning visitors over the years. A fantastic range of activities are available or simply savour the tranquil hours taking in the sights and sounds of the mighty Zambezi River from your luxurious room.
Run seamlessly by mostly Zambian staff, Tongabezi prides itself on excellent service and a pristine luxury lodge experience. Five River cottages and six magnificently decorated ‘’houses’’ rest in this secluded location amongst dense riverine vegetation. The magnificent Nut House, secluded Tree House, spectacular Bird House, magnificent Honeymoon House and the self- contained family suite, the Garden House, all pride themselves on having their own butler available to cater for all guests’ personal requirements – be it meal preferences or organization of activities.
The open-sided, eco-friendly main lodge consists of a dining area with long dining table as the focal point and a comfortable lounge area with a tea and coffee station .A spacious wooden deck jutting out over the river is the perfect platform to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner and you have the option to indulge in an alfresco dining experience at a multitude of locations around the lodge property. A complimentary laundry service and gym facilities are available for guests’ use.
The popular Lookout – a lounge- type structure with multi-level platforms – has been constructed over the river and houses a computer room with Wi-Fi for those guests requiring this service. Private dinners can be arranged here with splendid views over the Zambezi. A TV Room and bar area invite guests to socialize and share their safari experiences.
A perfectly placed firepit close to the water’s edge adds to the African Lodge ambience and a rock-set swimming pool with waterfall completes this idyllic setting. Soul soothing Spa treatments are on offer at the Tongabezi spa facility.
The air-conditioned rooms and houses are secluded and lead off the main area from natural pathways. The room décor -different for each suite- is a combination of high- quality art and exotic textiles from countries such as Morocco, Mali and Zambia. A selection of private gardens, infinity plunge pools with breath – taking views over the Zambezi river, indulgent claw-footed baths and extensive decks add to the sprawling spaces created for your ultimate relaxation. The Garden House, specifically designed for families, is set back from the river and has a private garden, exclusive plunge pool and two en-suite bedrooms. Tongabezi’s extravagant en- suite bathroom facilities are the epitome of luxury lodge indulgence.
Sindabezi Island is a magical hideaway a short boat trip away from Tongabezi Lodge. A romantic, exclusive island camp on the Zambezi River, particularly suitable for Honeymooners or a romantic getaway, Sindabezi is a luxury bush camp second to none. Considered as one of the top ten Eco Lodges in Africa by Fodor’s, this luxury bush camp offers just five beautifully furnished, open-sided thatched chalets unveiling spectacular vistas of pristine African bushveld.
With both Tongabezi and Sindabezi located close to Victoria Falls – the adventure capital of Southern Africa -one is spoilt for choice when it comes to the multitude of adrenalin – inducing activities that can be arranged from here. Tongabezi generously includes several of these activities in the accommodation package. A once – in- a -lifetime tour of the Falls, guided river canoeing, sunset cruises, Livingstone Island picnic lunches, private pontoon dinners and visits to a local village are all possible as are guided bush walks, museum tours, a selection of child friendly activities and visits to the market ,fishing trips and game drives in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.
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