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
Tongabezi is heavenly. We staying in the Nut House for three days August 20-23. The room is gorgeous and the communal hangout place is also very inviting. The service is amazing - your personal valet makes sure all your needs are met and then some, arranging meals for you at different tables at every meal for example. There are plenty of activities, but it is so nice just to relax and take in the view. We saw lots of hippos, crocs, and even a lion eating a zebra on our sunset cruise. A tip if you go during the dry season...be sure to get the Kaza visa so you can go to Zimbabwe, because you will want to see the falls from both the Zambia and Zimbabwe sides.
Only caution... and it applies only to those going on to Sindabezi... All literature and communications imply that Tongabezi and Sindabezi are seamlessly linked. They are not. Once you go to Sindabezi (which is awesome in and of itself), Tongabezi essentially washes its hands of you. The problem there is that all of your info (dietary restrictions, milestones you may be celebrating, and activities you have set up) is at Tongabezi. We found it was not properly transferred to the folks at Sindabezi, so just be sure you inform them of everything when you get there.
The rooms were lovely and very well placed for viewing the staff and managment were excellent and very friendly / helpful and great conversation and the guides were very sharp at spoting crock's and game
My husband and I have now been to Africa 4 times. In all of our travels this camp now ranks among our very best experiences. The staff, incredibly friendly and accommodating. Rooms are gorgeous all with their own Valet who handles all of your needs (stocked mini fridge with drink of choice, running hot bath, laundry, activities). We fished with Captain Felix all three days we were there and loved every minute of it. I was able to catch a beautiful tiger fish, which was on my bucket list. The food was outstanding. There are plenty of activities around the lodge and Victoria Falls to keep you busy but we really enjoyed just being at Tongabezi. The wifi is sufficient around the main area to check email and of course send the pic of the giant tiger fish you will catch to your envious friends at home. We loved this place and can't wait to plan a trip back!