Tongabezi Lodge is nestled along the Zambezi river in the most tucked-away and charming of ways. It’s filled with African embellishments and an ambiance that penetrates to your very soul. Throughout the lodge and in the houses, you’ll find design elements from Morocco, Mali, Zambia and South Africa
It is truly one of the most peaceful and luxurious places to stay along Victoria Falls, and one of my 2 favorite places in all of Zambia.
This remarkable lodge was voted the #1 safari lodge by Conde Nast Traveller, a top 100 hotel by Fodor’s Hotel Awards and the Best Family Safari Experience by the Safari Awards. It’s the perfect place to stay for both a romantic getaway for couples and holiday for the entire family.
It is also my go-to accommodation for business travel. My team and I travel to Livingstone, Zambia often for destination weddings and editorial shoots, and we spend a significant amount of time here. There is nothing like falling into their lush, king-sized beds after a demanding day of editorial shoots or wedding coordinating. And nothing beats stepping onto the patio first thing in the morning with a cup of tea in hand as you take in the quiet river sounds and breathtaking views. I could spend all of my days here.
Apart from the luxury accommodations and stunning location, the staff beams with some of the most incredible human beings on this planet. Everyone from the owners to room service is so kind, helpful, proactive, and supportive.
So, let me tell you more about it, because if you’re looking for an incredible place to stay for a team workshop, work trip, romantic getaway or family holiday, Tongabezi is it.
The Lodge – 6 Private Houses and 5 River Cottages
Inside the main reception, you’ll find the most inspiring shop filled with handmade work by local artists and entrepreneurs from other parts of Africa along with a wide variety of African decor and artifacts to take home. When you walk into the reception area, you’ll experience warm hospitality as you’re greeted with a welcome drink.
They also have the most divine plunge pool and lounge area which is the perfect place to unplug, read that book on your list, or laugh and splash with your family and friends.
The lodge itself offers 6 private houses and 5 river cottages, each with their own unique charm and aesthetic. While every house and cottage is remarkable, my two favorite houses are the Nuthouse and Treehouse.
The nuthouse has a private balcony with a private pool that overlooks the Zambezi river. The king sized bed has a canopied mosquito net, and the atmosphere of the room is so tranquil, intimate, and refreshing.
You’ll find a refreshing and exhilarating outdoor shower on your own private deck.
The bathroom also has a claw foot bathtub for a deep and relaxing soak.
Every inch of the house is filled with warmth, African zest and wonder. From the wood burning stove to the unique accents lights and lamps, it’s filled with the most incredible light and charm.
The treehouse is an incredible house set among the branches of three Ebony trees. It is truly a treehouse and staying in it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You truly feel like you’re a part of the surroundings, and the views are incredible.
The treehouse features a king sized bed with a canopied mosquito net and the bathtub has an incredible claw foot bathtub for soaking.
Fresh Local Food and Fine Dining
At Tongabezi Lodge, you can dine with other guests or at a private table on one of three decks. They also have a beautiful new dining room and bar.
You can also “experience a Sampan anchored offshore in the Zambezi River, attended by waiters who deliver each course by canoe”. I’ve experienced so many delights at Tongabezi and this experience is next on my list! Doesn’t it sound delightful?!
You also have the option to dine on white sand on Sindabezi Island with your own private chef or on the elevated deck at Tangala House with its own kitchen, dining area, and veranda. It’s a dream for dining under the stars!
The Tongabezi restaurant has an incredible lunch menu that features fresh bread, soup, crisp and fresh salads, and delicious wraps. All of their food is prepared by a phenomenal chef, and they source ingredients locally so there is a variety of fresh fruit and vegetable options, according to the season.
Amenities, Experiences and Excursions
Tongabezi has every amenity and creature comfort you could long for. They have air conditioned rooms, swimming pools, private decks, same day laundry service, wifi, safes to lock your valuables away, room services and so much more. The staff is incredibly helpful and truly goes above and beyond to make your stay a remarkable one.
The lodge also runs a number of special packages that change throughout the year and can include everything from an 11th special for last minute trips to complete excursion packages and more. You can see the latest specials here: https://tongabezi.com/specials
There are an abundance of activities and adventure opportunities within close proximity to Tongabezi. From safaris to riverboat cruises to helicopter rides over the falls, cultural village visits, quad bike rides and more, you’ll be beside yourself with all of the choices.
In my Livingstone City Guide, I detail all of the things to do within the area including my favorite.
Tongabezi takes an individual approach to hospitality so you can truly tailor your experience and stay to you. Enjoy a candlelit picnic lunch on the beach of the river along with a private chef, experience a gorge walk or book a couple’s massage. The possibilities are endless.
If you’d love to book a stay or see more about what they offer, you can do so via the link below.
If you have questions—don’t hesitate to reach out!