- Type: Lodges
NileGuide Expert Says:
A gorgeous and tranquil spot on the riverbank upstream of the falls, rich in wildlife like hippos, waterbirds, and crocodiles.
Situated 20km (12 miles) upstream from the falls, overlooking a broad expanse of the Zambezi, Tongabezi Lodge is set in a grove of African ebony trees. Each of the thatched River Cottages has a private veranda overlooking the river. Ideally, you should try to reserve one of the huge "houses" -- particularly the Tree House, which is carved out of the rock and completely open to the elements, with the mighty Zambezi River just meters from your bedroom and a sumptuous bathroom, where the tub is low enough to make you feel as if you're almost part of the river. The new Nut House is the epitome of African luxury; choose to have the folding doors completely closed or open them out onto your private infinity plunge pool. For the ultimate in romance, ask for a "sampan dinner" (included in the rate), a private candlelit meal on a raft delivered by waiters in canoes. For those with a taste for adventure, a night at the satellite Sindabezi Island Camp is a must. Located on its own island 3km (1 3/4 miles) downstream, the five chalets are elevated into the trees with en-suite bathrooms (hot water on demand) and wonderful views of the river and its banks. Dinner is served on raised decks and lit by candle and paraffin lamp -- a truly romantic and restorative experience.
During the low-water season (July-Mar), Tongabezi also organizes lavish picnics on Livingstone Island, perched right on the edge of the falls. They can also arrange for you to overnight here -- an unbelievable privilege, especially during full moon when there's a lunar rainbow.
Lastly, groups traveling together should inquire into renting the gorgeous Tangala House (sleeps eight), completely serviced and offering excellent value.
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