What We Love
- Falling asleep to the noise of hippos chatting to each other in the distance
- When you dine on a floating pontoon boat on the river, the waiters deliver each course by canoe.
- Ordering room service using a two-way radio
What To Know
- The all-inclusive rate also covers boat trips, bush walks, and game drives
- The resort often offers a free extra night when you book three
- Same-day laundry service is included
Quite possibly the most romantic setting in all of Africa, Tongabezi Lodge ticks all the boxes for a honeymoon or couples retreat: open-air bathtubs, private decks, candlelit riverside dining, couples massages, and a personal butler to deliver anything your heart desires. The honeymoon house, one of the more decadent of its sumptuous cottages and houses, has a private plunge pool that looks out over the river, but it’s the treehouse high up in the canopy that secures the best views. Groups of friends and the romantically unattached are still in for a good time, though—the lodge is close to Victoria Falls, which means an array of adrenaline-pumping activities, and you can dine communally under the stars on traditional Zambian dishes made with veggies from the onsite organic garden. Hippos grunt in the distance, exotic birds fly by, crocodiles float past and monkeys chatter in the trees—and that’s all before you’ve gone on a game drive or even seen the Falls.
In the Area
Due to the remote setting, you’d be hard-pressed to arrange outings yourself, but the resort has a number of activities to choose from. Visits to a village market, sunset boat trips, and fishing excursions are all included in the rate. The resort will also arrange day trips to Chobe National Park (known for its excellent game spotting), tours of Livingstone Island, elephant-back safaris, and heart-pounding whitewater rafting trips over the Zambezi River rapids. Victoria Falls is the area’s biggest attraction, of course, and you can see the pounding water from both the Zambian and Zimbabwean sides. The truly adventurous can take a microlight flight over the falls in a teensy aircraft—the thrill of seeing the enormous falls from above, as well as hippos and elephants far below, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
How to Get There
We spent two nights in the tree house at Tongabezi this past May. Pretty much as soon as we arrived we wished we had booked a couple of more nights! First off, the setting is gorgeous. Although we didn't see the other houses, we took a sunset boat ride with some other guests (HIGHLY recommended) and they were raving about their house, so seems all of them are pretty spectacular. But, the tree house certainly seemed unique. It's positioned at the end of a long entry way that's charming and makes you feel as if you're really getting away from the resort itself. Decoration was perfect including the tub, comfy bed, and ample furniture meant to help you relax including swinging chairs, a small sofa and two deck chairs (we took naps and enjoyed the views in all of them). Our "butler" was kind and sweet and took care of everything - before we even knew we needed anything. Food was great and we had some pre-dinner drinks at the bar and chatted up the engaging manager. They helped us book our day trip to Victoria Falls (we saw both sides and also saw them from a small plane - would recommend doing both sides for sure). We also took a sunrise boat ride since we had so much fun doing the sunset: do both! We can't wait to go back!!
We had a wonderful 60th birthday party over 4 days at Tongabezi. Couldn't have been better. Excellent service, very good food, wonderful trips on the river, drinks on an island. The rooms were very comfortable and imaginatively decorated. All the facilities worked well from hot and cold running water to the air conditioning. Couldn't have been better.
The location is absolutely amazing, you are right on the river. We fell asleep to the sounds of hippos and crickets making it feel like we were truly in the heart of Africa. The food was amazing and the staff were so helpful - making sure that any activity we wanted to do was organised. We stayed in the Dog House which I would highly recommend if you go with your family. Definitely one of the most beautiful places I have ever stayed.
Nyambe, our personal valet at Tongabezi Resort, provided us with amazing personal service as well as making us feel safe while escorting us to and from our bungalows in the dark. We are a party of four and this is our last of four days here at Tongabezi.
First trip to Zambia ... everything was excellent. Stayed at Tongabezi ... it was without question the best lodge we’ve stayed at in all our trips to Africa. Don’t expect wild life other than hippos , crocs and elephants )and lots of bird life) , but if it’s a relaxing holiday with views to die for it is the place to be. The staff were undoubtedly the best trained, most pleasant and attentive. Victoria falls walking tour a must as was the helicopter trip. Stayed in HoneyMoon room and was looked after by Trega ... who was first class, but a big thank you to victor , Godfrey and chef Kenneth. Nothing was too much for anyone. Please visit you won’t be disappointed .