Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park
At a Glance
A short distance from the falls
Arguably the most luxurious lodge option in the area
Beautiful tented rooms overlooking the Zambezi River
Run by Wilderness - a superb and reputable company
Huge number of activities available from the lodge
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
There are two very distinct seasons at the Victoria Falls, the wet/flood season and the dry season. These seasons do not reflect the quantity of rain, rather reflect the volume of flow of the Zambezi River. From around March through to July the river surges in size as the rainfall in Angola and Zambia from months before swells the current. The falls are at their most dramatic at this time of year with huge columns of spray. The nights are cold and the days warm at this time of year. From around September to January the water levels drop, the falls are more accessible and views are clearer as the flow can drop in volume by 90%. It is worth noting that the rains come from late October through to February, this combined with high heat, 40 celsius or more, in October and November, causes high levels of humidity.
To start planning your vacation to Toka Leya
A wonderful option for those looking for a bit of exclusivity and luxury with all the wonders and activities of Victoria Falls close by, Toka Leya is a lovely lodge situated on the border of the Mosi Oa Tunya National Park with views into the park itself.
Named after the local Toka Leya tribe, Toka Leya is a superb, relatively new lodge situated on the border of the Mosi oa Tunya national park, right on the edge of the Zambezi River and upstream of the Victoria Falls.
The camp has twelve lovely spacious safari tents, three of which are family rooms - each tent is raised on a wooden deck and has stunning views over the Zambezi River - and the national park! Uncharacteristically for Livingstone, the tents are air-conditioned meaning they are wonderfully cool - the colors are muted and contemporary, giving a very relaxed feel.
The large main area is situated under a bower of shade trees right by the river, and has an open plan lounge and dining room under a tented roof - the views really are breathtaking, and overlook a set of rapids. Elephant can often be seen coming down to drink. The lounge itself is built around a Sausage Tree, and is wonderfully cool in the heat of the day.
Also available is Toka Leya's spa where you can enjoy a massage in a secluded room open to the river - or a manicure or pedicure. We highly recommend this, the massages are wonderful!
The camp is perfect for those who wish to base themselves a little away from the hustle and bustle of Livingstone, in beautiful natural surroundings, with a bit of luxury, and yet still enjoy all the activities that Livingstone has to offer - such as visits to the falls, the museum, village and curio shops, or for the more adventurous, white water rafting, bungee jumping or even a microlight or helicopter flight over the Falls! We consider Toka Leya to be among the most upmarket lodges in Livingstone, and it deserves its excellent reputation for service and luxury.
When walking through Victoria Falls town you may experience hassle from street sellers, normally offering old Zimbabwean currency and small wood carvings. Our advice is to say you are not shopping, and if you would like to buy souvenirs you should go to the official craft market.
The 12 rooms have cool wooden flooring and are decorated in a contemporary african style. The en-suite rooms have their own verandas offering spectacular views of the Zambezi. The rooms feature twin four poster beds draped in mosquito nets.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Toka Leya and there are secluded family units which are an ideal choice of accommodation if traveling with children.
Toka Leya's dining, lounge and bar areas offer plenty of space for relaxation and are complemented by an infinity pool, with meals served on the sundeck, the pool deck and dining room which all have staggering outlooks of the Zambezi. During your stay you can visit the Vicotria Falls or try some adrenalin fuelled activities such as bungee jumping, white water rafting or microlight flying.
Rose Gemmell (Staff)
Toka Leya is Wilderness Safaris lodge at the falls and is a perfect add on to a Wilderness Safari trip in Botswana offering a high level of service and luxurious accommodation. The twelve rooms are all tented but very spacious and the family rooms have an interleading twin rooms with a shared bathroom. The lodge is set right on the river and there is an abundance of wildlife in the area and it is a very popular spot with the elephant. The lodge also has a spa looking out onto the rapids and a gym with a view which would inspire anyone to go for a run, particularly after a long flight or a few days bumping around in a game vehicle!
Location & directions
Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park
Toka Leya Camp is located in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park in an fantastic location right beside the Zambezi River, 6km upstream from the Victoria Falls (or 12km by road).
How to get there
11-hour international flight to Johannesburg International Airport, followed by a 1-hour 45-minute flight to Livingstone. The road transfer from Livingstone airport to Toka Leya is approximately 15-minutes.