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 have an excellent and luxurious 4 night stay at Tongabezi and can’t recommend it high enough. It surpassed all expectations, which were high.
Throughout our stay our every need and those we hadn’t thought about were taken care by our personal valet Forbes. From choosing our dining tables to stocking the fridge with rose wine to enjoy on our deck, he ensured that we had a superb and relaxing time.
Visiting the Victoria Falls was easy and Tongabezi arranged trips to both the Zambian and Zimbabwe sides for us. We did this over 2 days ensuring that we could come back for pool and down time. Our guide Douglas was a star and we were enthralled to be in his company.
The food and wine were faultless. Each night there was a difficult choice in choosing what to have. Thank you for the birthday cake!
The cottages, communal rooms and pool area were excellent. They make you want to redecorate your own home!
The trips on the Zambezi, both at sunset and sunrise, shouldn’t be missed. It was so magical to be on the water.
Highly recommended and don’t make it a one night stay!
We planned to visit Victoria Falls between safaris in South Africa and Botswana and our travel agent recommend Tongabezi as the best property in the area and we were not disappointed. We had a river cottage which was more than enough room with a large bedroom, nice bath, outside covered sitting area and very large deck overlooking the river. The food was outstanding and served in a number of different locations which added interest. The lodge is small so the food choices were somewhat limited but it was very good and well prepared and presented. We took advantage of a number of the included activates including the evening river cruise with sundowners on an island, a fishing trip and a visit to the local vegetable market in the city of Livingstone. The lodge offers a tour of Victoria Falls but only on the Zambezi side. We took a private tour which included both sides of the falls and found the Zimbabwe side a longer walk and more interesting. The staff at Tongabezi is outstanding and we enjoyed our private butler who served most of our meals and accommodated our every need including complementary laundry. He also stocked the mini bar per our requests for gin and tonic and wines. We would highly recommend Tongabezi as a special place to visit.
We had an amazing experience at Tongabezi on our Honeymoon! We stayed in the Dog House and it was such a lovely and romantic setting overlooking the Zambezi River. We loved being able to wake up each morning to the sunrise over the water out of all the windows. The staff went out of their way to make our stay one to remember - from setting up a Sundowner on the Sand Bar, to setting up and serving us a private Sampan dinner on the River, to surprising us with a couples lunch in the middle of the River, it was all fantastic. Our host, Jato, was wonderful and always available to accommodate us. We also enjoyed all of the wildlife throughout the property, on the water, and around the area. Tongabezi is a great place to just relax but there were plenty of fun activities to keep us busy during the day as well.
My husband and I stayed here in Honeymoon House on honeymoon after it was recommended by a friend. We had high expectations before we arrived and I am not surprised to report that those expectations were met and exceeded. Tongabezi is unpretentious and you will feel utterly relaxed and at home throughout your stay. The staff are discreet, yet always seem to be on hand if you need anything. The pictures on this site accurately represent the beauty of this lodge. We made sure to make the most of the evening sunset cruises, the fishing trips and a cycle to the local village. There were a few surprises set up for us throughout our stay (I won't ruin the surprise for future guests!). Embarrassingly we cried when we said goodbye to our valet on our last day...need I say more?!
Tongabezi was true luxury! Set along the side of the river Zambezi, with stunning views of the landscape and wildlife. When we arrived check in was simple and we met some of the staff who took us to the deck overlooking the river and we had a huge lunch, so much food, and it was all fantastic quality. Beside the deck was the pool, the fire pit and the bar/dining room. Jato, our valet, showed us to our room; one of the Riverside Cottages - which was a beautiful rondavel with large doors onto our own private deck facing the river. The bed was massive and so comfy, with a big mosquito net. The room had loads of different lights to set the mood and had A/C and a fan to keep you chilled. The large bathroom had his and hers sinks, cool black and white decor, a walk in shower and a separate bathtub by the window. There was lovely shampoo, conditioner and body wash too.
The room was always clean and the fridge was topped up with water and clean glasses. There was a safe and built in wardrobes and plenty of electric sockets to keep the camera charged! Outside on the deck was a sofa, table and chairs (where Jato brought our breakfast one morning) and sunloungers. All the staff were lovely, so attentive and friendly.
One afternoon we used the lap pool with its relaxing shallow area, and deck with sun loungers. All this was close to the gym, which we didn’t try, but looked stocked enough!
All the grounds are well kept and the lodges set apart for true privacy. There are so many activities you can do, we ran out of time. Which gives us a great excuse to go back again!