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Tongabezi Lodge

Tongabezi Lodge

Just upstream from world-renowned Victoria Falls, Tongabezi is a welcoming and privately-owned retreat on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. Enjoy the luxury of personal attention with your own private valet to service every need at your exclusive house or cottage.

Relaxing over breakfast in bed, an island lunch, or a Sampan floating candlelit dinner are only some of the ways to experience nature’s serenity and beauty at Tongabezi. Fruit orchards, lush vegetable gardens, and herb gardens provide only the freshest seasonal produce for guests to enjoy. Chef Zuwi Nawa heads the kitchen staff, a team committed to exceptional food, entertaining presentation, and incorporation of typical Zambian cuisine. Guests are also encouraged to visit the beautifully renovated kitchen and lush kitchen gardens.

Various inclusive activities are sure to be part of your stay at Tongabezi Lodge. From canoeing, boating, and fishing on the Zambezi to visiting must-see destinations like Victoria Falls, Maramba Market, Mukuni Park, and Simonga Village, adventures await. Exciting game drives and guided bush walks introduce you to some of the area’s most spectacular wildlife including hippo, lion, elephant, rhino, giraffe, crocodile, and many more.

The fourth-largest river in Africa, the Zambezi River aptly means “Great River” in the native Tonga dialect. The river meanders for 2,200 miles, flowing southeast from Zimbabwe through six countries before reaching the Indian Ocean. Its highlight, however, is the iconic Victoria Falls, known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya or the “Smoke that Thunders.”

One of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders, Victoria Falls straddles the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. While Victoria Falls is neither the tallest nor widest waterfall in the world, its claim as the largest waterfall is based on its combination of width (over 5,600 feet) and height (over 350 feet). Together, the two create the earth’s largest sheet of falling water (compared to Niagara’s 4,000-foot width and 170-foot height). For decades, the falls have become increasingly popular with the newly built Victoria Falls Town, Victoria Falls Bridge, and a variety of other activities from swimming to the very lip of the falls to whitewater rafting in the gorges below. For thrill-seeking visitors, memorable adventures include riding elephants, swinging over gorges, bungee jumping, tandem kayaking, horseback riding, and more. Nearby, Zambia’s Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park offers the region’s best game-viewing opportunities.

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