• Blending into its beautiful river setting, Thorntree River Lodge draws inspiration from the local culture and customs of Zambia. 8 tented rooms and four family units stretch out along the river’s banks, offering elegant interiors with indoor and outdoor bathrooms, as well as sparkling private plunge pools.
  • With its own boat, wine collection & suites with private plunge pools & an indoor-outdoor bathrooms, Thorntree is one of Zambia’s most indulgent lodges on the glorious Zambezi River, just upstream from the famous Victoria Falls
  • Meals are served in an open dining area that also features a cosy wine cellar ideal for more intimate occasions. Guests can catch up on their reading in the lodge’s library, work out in the gym or enjoy a treatment at the spa while looking out onto magnificent river views.
  • A vast deck at the river’s edge features a sunken boma for outdoor dining and a beautiful infinity pool. The floating wooden deck edges out into the river, blending the edges between land and water.
  • Activities include tours of Victoria Falls, visits to a nearby village, sunset river cruises, fishing and visits to Livingstone Museum.
  • Spend the evening sipping gin and tonic on your private veranda and listening to the hippos grunting in the river. Ask your hosts for a fishing rod and spend some time out on the floating deck trying to land a catch.
  • Experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure & encounter rhinos on foot at the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park – home to the endangered white rhino.


We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.

  • Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
  • Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
  • Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
  • Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
  • Complimentary private airport transfers.
  • Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
  • Early check-in and late check-out.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi.
  • Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.

A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.


Visit to Victoria Falls

Thorntree River Lodge is situated in Zambia’s Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, just a short distance from Livingstone and the famous Victoria Falls. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Falls are one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and are a must see whilst in the area. Visit this spectacle from the Zambian side of the river and experience the thrill of standing on knifes edge bridge while 1000s of litres of water fall in front of you.

Cultural Village Visit

The African Bush Camps Foundation works with the local communities with the goal of community upliftment through tourism by creating long-lasting positive impact. In Livingstone, we have partnered with the Maunga Community and together have identified two focus areas; building a much needed clinic building and providing scholarships to children who are in need and show potential in the classroom. Spend half a day visiting this community during your stay at Thorntree River Lodge and see the impact of the Foundations work.

Sunset river cruise

Being located on the mighty Zambezi River means that Thorntree River Lodge is ideal for sunset cruises. The section of river flowing past Thorntree River Lodge is quiet and picturesque. We have our own boats, for maximum flexibility and freedom to take in the breathtaking sunsets from the river.


Take to the water for an afternoon out on one of our fishing boats. For the adventurous, there is the option of trying your hand at tiger fishing. For the newbies to fishing, experience the joy of relaxing on the river and the excitement of feeling the tug on your rod. Our expert guides will be on hand to help with everything from technic to baiting and releasing the fish back in the water.

Visit to Livingstone Museum

The excellent Livingstone Museum is divided into five sections covering archaeology, history, ethnography, natural history and art, and is highlighted by Tonga ritual artefacts, a life-sized model African village, a collection of David Livingstone memorabilia and historic maps dating back to 1690.

Rhino Experience in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park

The Southern White Rhinos are listed on the WWF’s Near Threatened list and therefore the herd in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park are under constant protection and service by the rangers. During your stay at Thorntree River Lodge, you’ll get the remarkable privilege of being able to visit these majestic animals. The activity involves a short drive into the park to meet up with the rangers. The rangers will then accompany you on foot to view the rhinos.

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Thorntree River Lodge Boma

Beautifully designed Thorntree River Lodge celebrates the spirit of community and is a haven of serenity on the banks of Zambia’s glorious Zambezi River in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. Find perfect respite after a day of activities by relaxing in the infinity pool that seamlessly blends into the river horizon. After a refreshing sundowner drink while watching an exquisite African sunset, spend your evening sharing stories of your safari around the fire from within the comfort of the sunken boma before enjoying our African inspired fine-dining experience. Just 20 minutes upstream from Victoria Falls  Thorntree is the perfectly positioned lodge from which to enjoy the cascading spectacle of the Victoria Falls nearby. Thorntree offers a tranquil base from which to explore a plethora of awe-inspiring activities.

Showcasing incredible river panoramas from its unique vantage, the shared areas are fluid hubs of relaxation; the lounge flows seamlessly into the dining area, the communal deck is set on the edge of the stunning riverside and is home to a sunken boma area and an infinity pool. There is also a gym and spa which promote a sense of holistic wellbeing. From our lodge, we offer daily excursions to the Zambian side (Zimbabwean side in the dry season) side of The Victoria Falls, private river cruises, cultural visits, fishing expeditions, canoeing, rhino tracking and game drives, all included in your stay. Activities such as guided rainforest walks, bungee jumping & helicopter flips over ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ can be arranged.

Each of the eight luxury rooms are spacious with modern interiors and contemporary design. Each has its own indoor and outdoor shower as well as private plunge pool, and a large deck with sofas and deck chairs to enjoy the afternoon sun. The two family units have their own separate bedroom and bathroom but are joined by an interconnecting walkway. Both bedrooms have their own private deck and plunge pool so ideal for those travelling with teenage children.

African Bush Camps Thorntree River Lodge Twin Room
African Bush Camps Thorntree River Lodge Bathroom

Standard Room

Thorntree River Lodge is a small, more intimate establishment with just eight twin rooms and two family units. All have their own bathrooms as well as a private plunge pool overlooking the lush riverine vegetation. Each room is a haven of tranquillity, representing an oasis from the bustle of modern life. Extensive, wooden bathrooms with large tubs you to linger. All rooms have their own plug points, meaning you can charge your devices in your own suite.

African Bush Camps Thorntree River Lodge Family Unit

Family Unit

The family rooms at Thorntree River Lodge consist of two family units with four beds in each, ideal for parents and children. Thorntree comprises of 2 Family Units with inter-leading walkways between the parents and children’s rooms which are both en-suite. Each unit will have its own indoor and outdoor bathrooms, as well as a luxurious private plunge pool.

The dining area is a large, open area that flows onto a walled wine collection stocked with fine wines. Contemporary design elements blend with soft lighting and local artwork and the backdrop of the river, creating an exquisite space to sit back and enjoy delicious meals. Weather permitting, meals are also served on the deck, near the river where hippos frequently visit.

African Bush Camps Thorntree River Lodge Dining Room
African Bush Camps Thorntree River Lodge Dining


The main area of the lodge comprises a large lounge and bar area, indoor dining room and a library.

African Bush Camps Thorntree River Lodge Private Dining
African Bush Camps Thorntree River Lodge Bar

Private Dining

In the warmer months, guests dine under the stars on the main deck while listening to the sounds of the river just beyond. In the evenings guests are invited to come together around the large sunken fire pit, to exchange travel stories and to enjoy a drink before dinner.

There is a main pool with partially submerged sun loungers (plus private pools for each suite), a spa, gym and a small shop. The snug library at the back of the property sees more than a normal amount of activity, as it’s the only place you can access Wi-Fi. The staff are friendly and helpful, though not always the speediest; at breakfast during my stay they seemed a bit thin on the ground.

African Bush Camps Thorntree River Lodge Pool
African Bush Camps Thorntree River Lodge Pool View


Thorntree River Lodge has a beautiful wooden deck that has been built facing the Zambezi River. The outdoor relaxation area have been sunk into the wooden deck, which stretches along the front of the lodge. The infinity pool provides a welcome relief from the heat of the day.

African Bush Camps Thorntree River Lodge Spa


For those seeking a bit of pampering, the spa offers soothing massages or choose from a range of treatments.

African Bush Camps Thorntree River Lodge Gym


The gym has a variety of equipment, making each workout even more rewarding.

Area & Location

Area, Country
Livingtone, Zambia
Nearest Airport
Livingstone International Airport
Local Currency
Zambian Kwacha (ZMK)
Time Change
GMT +2
Best time to go
May through October

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