- Tongabezi is a romantic & unique lodge, with individually and stylishly designed Houses and Cottages situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River just 11 miles upstream from the Victoria Falls.
- At Tongabezi, the emphasis is on exclusivity and romance with days spent relaxing in natural surroundings or enjoying the numerous activities on offer, including white water rafting, boating, fishing and game drives.
- Warm and exclusive, the lodge consists of 5 river cottages and 6 private houses, each with a dedicated valet. Boasting high ceilings and expansive wooden and glass doors and windows, the cottages combine authentic local style with a beautifully clean and modern design.
- Each individually designed cottage is an exquisite private haven where both indoor and outdoor spaces are focused on the river flowing by & the beauty of the natural setting.
- Delectable meals can be savoured one of three open-air dining decks or in the privacy of your own cottage or house.
- A shimmering pool mimics the colours of the Zambezi and invites guests to cool off. Activities include game drives, bush walks, canoeing & tours of Victoria Falls.
- Enjoy a “floating dinner” on Tongabezi’s private pontoon – have your food brought to you by canoe.
- Ask your guide to set up sundowners on sand bar in the middle of the river, complete with your own pop-up bar!
EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE
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.
Our guides will allow you to safely take to the Zambezi River. See the wonder of Zambia from the water.
Dine under the stars on our Sanpan, and have each course canoed out by your Valet.
Explore the Zambezi by power boat complete with sundowners and snacks.
See one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World with a trip to Victoria Falls on the Zambian side
Game viewing in an open vehicle in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park.
Our local curio market is the perfect place to pick up small gifts for home.
Enjoy a short cycle to meet the friendly people from the Simonga village.
Take a tour of the school build and supported by Tongabezi.
Visit a Zambian bazaar which provides for the local people.
A place to learn about Zambia culture and natural heritage.
The Zambezi makes a serene angling destination.
The encounter with members of the Zambezi herd is an uplifting experience.
Follow David Livingstone’s footsteps with a tour of Livingstone Island, set on the edge of the Victoria Falls.
Enjoy a thrilling microlight flight over Victoria Falls.
Thrill seekers will love the rapids of the Zambezi.
Chobe National Park has one of the largest concentration of game in Africa.
Indulge in a historical 5 start train trip and dinner.
Shoot the rapids of the Zambezi in a jet boat at 90km an hour.
For the thrill seekers out there, can you find a more spectacular setting to experience a bungee jump than from the Victoria Falls Bridge? For those who dare, this is a 111 metre jump of pure adrenaline.
Tongabezi is a stunningly stylish and luxurious lodge, with individually and stylishly designed Houses and Cottages situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls and just 11 miles upstream of the falls themselves. At Tongabezi, the emphasis is on exclusivity and romance with days spent relaxing in natural surroundings or enjoying the numerous activities on offer, including white water rafting, boating, fishing and game drives. Located upstream of the Victoria Falls, this is an ideal place to unwind at the start or end of a safari.
All apart from the Tree House have folding doors allowing you to sleep enclosed, or with the cool breeze, depending on your preferences. The River Cottages are smaller but beautifully furnished, each with a lovely deck that stretches out over the river. Personal valets are assigned to every room at Tongabezi ensuring the very best in service at all times. The Lookout was conceived as the ultimate chill out zone next to the existing Tonga Lounge, dining and cocktail decks. With its feet planted firmly in the Zambezi, the Lookout offers guests the chance to feel at one with the great river and the separate levels ensure extra privacy.
Accommodation at Tongabezi is stylishly luxurious with five houses and five River Cottages plus the Garden Cottage which is suitable for families. All the houses are unique in design and are individually named enjoying stunning views over the Zambezi River. The bathroom areas are huge with open-air sunken baths where guests can unwind after a day’s activities to the serenades of an African evening. Each house has a private balcony or deck overlooking the river, creating the perfect setting for a candlelit dinner under the stars. Each of the houses, with the exception of the Tree House, has folding doors which you can close at night if you prefer, or leave open to hear the night time sounds and feel the cool breeze as you sleep.
Each of the River Cottages has a large double bed or two singles. All cottages have an en-suite bathroom with separate bath and shower, indoor and outdoor areas for relaxing, dining and enjoying the expansive river views. The Garden House is an ideal option for families or groups, set back from the river in the pretty gardens, with its own garden and private pool area. There are two double ensuite bedrooms here, a large lounge and a private dining room, and plenty space for kids to run around and for the whole family to relax together.
Redefining life on the banks of the Zambezi River the River Cottages feature high ceilings, giant bespoke wood and glass windows and doors leading onto expansive sustainable pine decks. The signature African fusion Tongabezi style has been distilled to the best of ‘Made in Zambia’ in both the interior and outdoor spaces. We are famous for keeping the romance of travel alive and our Cottages were designed to provide a private haven where your every whim just happens to be attended to by your very own valet.
The Nut House is a haven from the elements. It is entirely enclosed but has light streaming in through every wall. The best art, textiles, and textures have been collected and combined from all around the African continent – from Morocco, Mali, Zambia, and South Africa just to start. This creates a lusciously romantic setting for relaxation, without losing an inch of the incredible river-view. The palette is easy on the eyes, seamlessly blending the house into Zambia’s natural scenery. Folding doors open onto the elevated private garden and infinity plunge pool. Spectacular views over the Zambezi are guaranteed.
At the end of the swimming pool, a hidden path winds along the cliff face to our secluded Tree House. Set against the basalt rock bed, amongst the branches of a riverine Ebony tree, this house spreads out over a sustainable pine deck that guarantees incredible views of the Zambezi River. The king size bed has a large, canopied mosquito net with air conditioning and the extensive space can also be used for private dining and lounging. The bathroom’s crowning glory is a perfectly positioned claw footed bath and from the Anatolian carpets to the Asian chests and West African artwork the Tree House invokes exotic day dreams. All the inclusive Tongabezi activities are available… but this house is so much part of the surroundings that you can experience the beauty and majesty of Zambia without setting a foot outside.
The Bird House features an open-air claw footed bath and a private terrace for dining under the stars. Guests can go canoeing on the river, join game drives, bush walks and enjoy sunset boat trips.
Built with the perfect view, indulgence and privacy in mind the Honeymoon House is the original blueprint for luxury Tongabezi accommodation. The private balcony overlooks the river, providing a perfect setting for a secluded candlelit dinner beneath the stars. Alternatively, you can choose to dine with our other guests on one of the river decks.
The Dog House personifies the Tonga ethos of exclusivity, romance and luxury with a twist of quirkiness. Located at the very end of the elevated garden path, this private haven sits on three large wooden decks over the Zambezi river. Recently extensively refurbished, the house remains magnificently proportioned and now has two beautiful bedrooms to accommodate small groups and families. The sprawling space includes a central designated chill zone with an infinity pool, extended deck, large lounge and cozy dining room. Whether you manage to venture out to enjoy the inclusive activities, dabble in serious adventure – or simply elect to order the massages in – the brand new Dog House is so much more than a beautiful, African Fusion style accommodation choice. It is the experience of a life time.
The result of a number of years of energy, imagination and many conversations with top travel specialists and our guests, the Garden House perfectly fills the family travel niche at Tongabezi. Set back from the river, seclusion and shelter are a happy swop for the sweeping Zambezi views that can still be enjoyed from any of the decks of the main lodge. It is a very private, very safe space where all the members of the family can spread out a little and indulge in an exclusive dining room, large lounge, two en-suite bedrooms and of course run around the garden and cool off in the private plunge pool. Tongabezi is proud of our crazily indulgent reputation and the Garden House is no compromise: Whether you are a wide eyed bush baby or parents who believe romance should always be a priority.
Tangala House is a luxurious family home on the banks of the Zambezi River, close to Tongabezi it lies 15km upstream of Victoria Falls. The house has four bedrooms, three with en-suite bathrooms, and a 12m private swimming pool. Stylishly designed and furnished, it has featured in House and Garden magazine in the UK and comes with a vehicle and boat, chef, waiters and private guide all courtesy of Tongabezi. Ideal for a Zambia family safari, Tangala House sleeps up to 8 and has a children’s playroom and a spacious kitchen-dining room. The rooms are enclosed, with large glass fitted windows to keep out the insects and allow guests to enjoy magnificent views across the Zambezi. Over 145 species of birds have been spotted from the kitchen window and elephant herds can often be seen drinking on the opposite bank.
Delicious local or international dishes are served in the privacy of your own suite unless you wish to dine with your fellow guests at the Tongabezi’s dining table or on any of the decks. One of the dining highlights at Tongabezi is to have a picnic lunch on one of the Zambezi River’s many uninhabited islands, accompanied by a guide. Another unique experience is the Sampan candlelit floating dinner, a floating deck on the river for private dinners.
When it comes to the human ritual of dining, Tongabezi is consistently voted a compulsive overachiever by our guests. Whether you consider food a means to improve health, gain pleasure, refresh body and mind, explore new experiences.
Initiate conversation or strengthen relationships we have every base covered. Venue options start in your room – there is a dedicated dining area in all of our Houses and Cottages and both our properties have a number of public dining spots too.
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.
There are plenty of private chill out areas including the new Lookout with it’s incredible decking and views over the Zambezi River. The lodge has a lovely swimming pool for guests to enjoy at any stage during their day.
Try burning off some of that delicious food in our new gym.