Tongabezi is the perfect luxury hideaway, yet it’s close enough to Victoria Falls for travellers to enjoy a wide range of activities at the world’s largest waterfall. The accommodation includes options for honeymooners and families.
Privately owned and run, Tongabezi is one of the most famous properties on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls. We’ve always loved its quiet location – it’s ideal for travellers seeking a peaceful base from which to head out on trips to the Falls and surrounds. The accommodation is booked on a full-board basis, including all meals, a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, on-site activities, and a laundry service. Tongabezi is open throughout the year.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The property is accessed via about 40 minutes’ road transfer from Livingstone’s international airport. It’s situated on the north bank of the mighty River Zambezi, 15 kilometres upstream from Victoria Falls.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT TONGABEZI:
There are five river cottages and six houses. The cottages are spaced along the banks of the Zambezi river, and they’re made out of timber and thatch, in keeping with traditional safari accommodation. Entering a cottage, you’ll find a bedroom containing a double bed or twin beds with mosquito netting, bedside stands and lighting, a ceiling fan, a writing desk and chair, a separate seating area, and ample storage space. The en-suite facilities comprise flush toilet, twin washbasins, walk-in shower, and freestanding bathtub. Each cottage has its own veranda too, where you can relax and enjoy lovely river views! And during your stay you’ll be well looked after by a private valet, who’ll attend to your every need. All the houses here are allocated a private valet too, and all bar Garden House boast beautiful elevated views over the Zambezi from a private balcony or veranda. Constructed out of timber, thatch, and glass for the most part, they offer all the amenities of the river cottages in addition to a lot more space. Couples can choose between the adventurous Bird House, cliff-front Tree House, and intimate Nut House. Honeymoon House is our top pick for honeymooners, with its nicely secluded setting and gorgeously eclectic style. Both Dog House and Garden House are sufficiently spacious to accommodate a family or a small group. Nut, Dog, and Garden also boast a pool! For further information about all the options, please contact a member of our team.
The communal facilities at Tongabezi are set up in and around the property’s large lodge, which is accessed from the cottages and houses along raised wooden walkways. Inside, there’s a sumptuous lounge featuring well-cushioned seating, a coffee table, and some interesting wall art and artefacts. The dining room is adjacent to this space, and it contains chic tables-and-chairs, in addition to a regularly topped-up tea-and-coffee station. Guests are also welcome to eat and drink on the lodge’s dining deck, or on any of the other decks forming part of the building. There are additional lounge areas and plenty of places for private dining. The property has a fully equipped gym as well, and even a spa offering massages and other revitalising treatments. The classic fire-pit is fantastic for getting to know your fellow travellers, while anyone needing to cool off between activities will appreciate the swimming pool, which includes a gently tumbling waterfall. Finally, there’s the property’s pop-up sand bar, which can be positioned close to the river for the ultimate Zambezi views!
ACTIVITIES AT TONGABEZI:
Tongabezi offers an exciting variety of things to do, both on site and in the Falls region. In the list below, activities incurring an extra cost are marked with an asterisk.
– A fine introduction to any stay here, tours involve a leisurely stroll while learning all about the attraction thanks to a knowledgeable guide.
Expertly guided game drives
– Safari fans can go on vehicle safari in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Among the wildlife highlights are white rhino, buffalo, all sorts of antelopes, and some vibrant birdlife!
Sunrise and sunset boat trips
– Why not take up the opportunity to explore the Zambezi river on board a power boat? Whether you sail at dawn or dusk, you’ll enjoy stunning scenery.
– Keen anglers can easily while away a few hours on the river. This activity can form part of a boat trip too.
– Anyone interested in culture will appreciate a tour of nearby Simonga, to meet the local people and find out about their ways of life. You can also visit Tujatane, a local and award-winning school, and check out a few markets as well.
Trip to Livingstone Museum
– The oldest and most extensive museum in Zambia, this attraction yields fascinating insights into the natural and cultural heritage of the country.
Trip to Livingstone Island*
– Named after the renowned explorer, this island has a dramatic location in the centre of the Zambezi river. Most people land here to take a dip in the terrifying Devil’s Pool, a natural infinity pool with a drop of one hundred metres! Please note, the availability of this trip depends on water levels.
– Victoria Falls is famed for its high-octane thrills. White water rafting, zip lining, gorge swinging, bungee jumping… this is a dream destination for daredevils! You can click here for more information.
Helicopter and microlight flights*
– Soar over the Falls region, and you’ll have a brilliant bird’s-eye view of all the gorges and river islands. Further details can be accessed by clicking here.
– Getting to know the local grey guys is a really memorable experience. A must-do!
Journey on the Royal Livingstone Express*
– Board the highly renowned steam train for a scrumptious five-course dinner and, of course, breathtaking vistas of the Falls while you dine!
*This property is unfenced and although animal densities are not that high along this stretch of the Zambezi River, there is always the potential for dangerous game. So if you opt to stay here please always be cautious and look out for wildlife when walking around, especially at night.