Livingstone, Zambia

At a Glance

  • Visit the mighty Victoria Falls and take some spectacular photographs

  • Take a dip in Tongabezi's "rock pool" complete with high diving board

  • Enjoy a "floating dinner" on Tongabezi's private pontoon - have your food brought to you by canoe

  • Visit the Livingstone Island and take a dip in Devil's Pool, 167 metres high and on the edge of the Falls

  • Enjoy a bit of haggling as you shop for wooden carvings by the edge of the falls

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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.The drier months from October to February offer different activities during the lower water level season, such as swimming in the natural rockpool at Livingstone Island, right on the edge of the falls. Whatever the time of year there is plenty to do here and the views from a helicopter or microlight are spectacular whatever the water levels!

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Insider's View

Have a San Pan dinner on the Zambezi River.

This really is heaven on earth!

Have a tour of Tujatane school which is on site. It was set up 21 years ago with only 15 children, now it caters for over 250!

Try one of their 'not for the faint hearted breakfasts' made with the freshest ingredients from their garden with really inventive recipes

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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.

Accommodation is either in one of five individually designed open-fronted houses with huge open-air bathrooms affording panoramic vistas across the river to the wilderness beyond, or in a stylishly decorated river cottages, each with a large double bed, and en-suite bathroom as well as areas for relaxing, dining and enjoying the expansive river views. 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. The Hangout is located adjacent to the Lookout and offers the perfect location for total relaxation, private dinning or simply kicking back with a book while enjoying the wonderful views out over the river.

The lunar rainbow is an amazing spectacle that can be experienced by guests visiting during the three nights around the full moon. Guests interested in witnessing the lunar rainbow over the Victoria Falls will receive full moon dates including one day prior, on and one day after the full moon. The best months for viewing moonbows are just after the rains from around April through to August / September depending on cloud levels.

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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.

River Cottage

These spacious suites have large double beds (twin on request) and are built at the edge of the River Zambezi. Each bedroom has a stunning en-suite bathroom with a bath looking out over the river.

Tongabezi Houses

There are 5 different houses to chose from each is very different and unique in design. Garden House offers two bedrooms and is perfect for families. Dog House also has two bedrooms and is well suited to couples or friends travelling together. The other houses have just one but with space for extra child beds on request.


There is a minimum age of 7 years but children over this age are very welcome and Tongabezi offers a dedicated children’s menu and or chef is happy to accommodate special requests, preferred meal times and separate hosted meals for the children – allowing the adults to enjoy extended excursions and some grown up time by themselves. There are plenty of specially designed activities for children including drumming lessons, a visit to nearby village and school to interact with children their own age, tracking, tiger fishing and a quiz night - all these activities can be with or without parents. The Garden House is the ideal option for families, but extra beds can be accommodated in other room types on request and depending on the age of the children.


Specially trained valets are on hand to ensure children enjoy a safe introduction to the African way of life. Every room at Tongabezi has a valet assigned to them who will look after guests throughout

their stay. With his in-depth knowledge of Tongabezi and the surrounding area, he can become an indispensable source of information.


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.


Most of the activities revolve around the Victoria Falls and there are also opportunities to go game viewing in the Victoria Falls National Park. Guests can tailor their activities to their own requirements, there are guided fishing trips, cultural village walks and sunset river cruises. From Livingstone the options include: Helicopter flights over Victoria Falls, white water rafting, trips to Livingstone Island, trips to Livingstone Museum, micro light flights, fishing, abseiling, bungee jumping and tours to Mosi O Tunya National Park and Chobe National Park.



Sian Frost (Staff)

I love Tongabezi! Take an afternoon to visit the school they set up right next door to the lodge, visit the gardens which provides nearly everything they need to produce the delicious food or just relax in one of the many areas close to the waters edge and look out for hippos. The rooms are spacious, private and beautifully decorated.


Rose Gemmell (Staff)

Heaven on earth! This lodge is positioned just 30 minutes from the falls on one of the most beautiful spots on the Zambezi and looking out onto the Zimbabwe National Reserve. Everything about Tongabezi is totally flawless from the beautifully designed river rooms to the river house where you can relax in the afternoon and watch the world go by. The Garden House room is so ideal for families and offers a real escape for kids with its own private dining area and swimming pool. Tongabezi is the ideal options for anyone looking for a bit of relaxation before heading off on safari and also the perfect place to unwind after.



A romantic hideaway along the Zambezi riverfront, where guests stay in rustic chalets overlooking the river. If you are looking for privacy, the hotel has its own island, Sindabezi. Each house and cottage has its own valet to help with the stay, and guests can do as little or as much as they wish. Game drives, bush walks, and boating trips are included in the price.


  • Dinner on the Livingstone Express

    Dine onboard the Livingstone Express, a vintage train, offering guests the chance to travel in style, discover the mighty Victoria Falls at sunset and enjoy fine dining with a difference.

  • Tea at Victoria Falls Hotel

    High tea at the old Colonial Victoria Falls Hotel should not be missed. Sitting on the terrace with the sound of the falls in the background is a truly fantastic experience.

Holiday Ideas

  • Classic Botswana & Victoria Falls

    Okavango Delta, Linyanti & Victoria Falls

    from £9200 pp inc flights & transfers for 9 nights

    • Explore the meandering waterways by traditional mokoro and listen to the bird life which surrounds you.
    • Head out on foot and enjoy a walking safari to discover the smaller creatures often missed from the game vehicle
    • For a special celebration, enjoy a picnic lunch on Livingstone island - a truly unique experience on the edge of the falls.
  • Highlights of Victoria Falls & Botswana

    Victoria Falls, Linyanti and Okavango Delta

    from £5400 pp inc flights & transfers for 6 nights

    • Experience some of Southern Africa's highlights, from the Victoria Falls to the Okavango Delta
    • Search for wild dog, big cats, elephant and buffalo in two different wildlife areas of Botswana
    • Explore the channels and waterways of the Okavango Delta by traditional mokoro

Location & directions

Livingstone, Zambia

Zambia’s Tongabezi Lodge is an exclusive lodge located on the banks of the Zambezi River, 15km upstream from the magnificent Victoria Falls. Tongabezi is set in a grove of African ebony trees on a sweeping bend of the Zambezi River.

How to get there

11-hour international flight to Johannesburg International Airport, followed by a 1-hour 45-minute flight to Livingstone. Tongabezi is a 25-minute road transfer from Livingstone airport. Alternatively, you can fly to Livingstone via Lusaka.

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