The Lookout The Tongabezi Birdhouse
The Lookout
The Tongabezi Birdhouse


Tongabezi Lodge is a romantic hideaway on the banks of the Zambezi River just upstream of Victoria Falls. Our friendly team welcomes guests to a selection of houses and cottages, each beautifully styled with furniture and embellishments from all over Africa. Guests can dine beside the river or on their private terrace. Privately owned and run, Tongabezi combines an exclusive ambience with the legendary warmth and hospitality of the people of Zambia.

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Being the frame for all the joys and beauty that Zambia presents. And we love being pioneers of eco tourism along the Zambian shores of the Zambezi river

Need to Know

The Sampan is very popular so guests should try to pre-book this whenever possible. If you would like to visit Livingstone Island please understand that it is subject to water levels being low enough to operate. During times when the water is plentiful over Victoria Falls it is possible to see a full moon moonbow - plan accordingly.

Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

The lodge is frequently visited by monkeys. We urge all guests to refrain from feeding any animals around the lodge. From time to time we also have hippos and elephants but your valet will be on hand to ensure a safe return to and from your room. The Mosi-Oa-Tunya Park can offer exceptional rhino, buffalo and elephant sightings - should you wish to see cats it is advisable to book a Chobe day trip to increase your chances. The lodge also has over 300 bird species.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

Inclusive activities The following activities are all included in the price of your safari holiday in Zambia: Canoeing on the Zambezi Island Lunch Sanpan floating candlelit dinner Visit to Mukuni Park Sunrise and sunset boating Introduction to Simonga Village Visit to Victoria Falls Guided bush walks Museum Tour Fishing Game Drives Maramba Market visit * All park fees and museum entrance fees are extra Exclusive activities Please note this list is not exhaustive but does contain all the exclusive activities recommended by Tongabezi: Livingstone Island visit Elephant trails White water rafting Helicopter rides over Victoria Falls Microlight flights over Victoria Falls Gorge swing Bungee Jumping Jet Boating Tandem Kayaking Horse Rides Fly fishing Quad biking Golf Day to Chobe National Park


Spacious rooms with en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning (in the area directly surrounding the bed). Additional features include an antique telephone to call reception, a 24/ valet, a safe, a mini-bar with snack foods and drinks, facilities for making tea and coffee, and bathrobes. Some Houses have small private plunge pools.


Privately owned and run, Tongabezi combines romance and exclusivity with warm and attentive service. Each house and cottage has its own valet who takes care of guests throughout their stay and act as a private concierge. The houses at Tongabezi all have a unique layout and setting. The Garden House and the Dog House can both accommodate larger groups as both have an extra en-suite bedroom.


2012 & 2013 Tripadvisor Certificate of excellence 2012 Imvelo responsible tourism finalist Travel + Leisure 2012 Global Vision Award for Community Building World Travel Awards 2012 nominee in all categories for Zambia


Our high season runs from 1st of June to the 31st of October and the remainder of the year is the low season. The highs fluctuate between 25 and 35°C throughout the year and the lows between 2° and 5°C. During summer: The months from August - April are warm (high 20°C's) with temperatures reaching their upper limit for the area during October (around 35°C). The rainy season: Victoria Falls is prone to short, spectacular thunderstorms (usually late in the afternoon) and our rainy season generally starts towards the end of November / December and continues until around mid - March, but this does vary from year to year. Temperatures are still warm. An African winter: May - July and into August. Winter is typically cool at night and in the mornings although you can expect it to be lovely and warm during the day. In winter months it is advised that you do bring warm clothes especially for the mornings and evenings.

Average StayAverage Stay

Three nights

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

From US$ 450 to US$ 820 in 2013

Children PolicyChild Policy

Tongabezi Houses & Cottages: We are happy to take children of seven and over. Children under 14 pay 50% unless they are in their own room. Roll away beds and extra mosquito nets are available for children sharing with parents. Tongabezi Garden House: Specially designed specifically for families or slightly larger groups travelling together the Garden House has a private enclosed garden, an exclusive plunge pool and two en suite double bedrooms. Children under 14 pay 25% accompanying adults in the Garden House. Sindabezi: We are happy to take children of 14 and over, charged adult rates. If the island is taken privately we are happy to take children of seven and older. In this case children under 14 pay 50% unless they are in their own room. Tangala: Children of any age are accepted at Tangala and two of the staff members are experienced nannies. Please note that there is an unfenced swimming pool. We can arrange a safety fence on request for non-swimmers. Children under 14 are charged 50% of the full board rate

Contact and Social Media

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at

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