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Tongabezi and Sindabezi Island

At a Glance

    Pros

  • Tongabezi is the original open-fronted lodge
  • the property is owner-run, so lots of thought goes into every aspect of your stay
  • management is extremely environmentally and community aware

    Cons

  • the use of local materials for building and decoration can make these properties seem shabby
  • individual itineraries are arranged for all guests, making it difficult to interact with other guests—but this might be a pro, too

Tongabezi and Sindabezi Island Review

If you're looking for a truly African experience, Tongabezi and Sindabezi, its satellite island 4 km (2½ mi) downriver, won't disappoint. Never formal but flagrantly romantic, they are the frame around the picture, so to say, and do not upstage the Africa you have come to see. At Tongabezi, standard rooms are spacious cream-and-ocher rondavels featuring private verandas that can be enclosed in a billowing mosquito net. Three suites are built into a low cliff and incorporate the original riverine forest canopy, one suite hugs the water with a private deck extending over the river, and the Nuthouse breaks with Tongabezi tradition as it's entirely enclosed and also has an exclusive plunge pool. King beds set in tree trunks and covered by curtains of linen netting, oversize sofas in the sitting area, and giant bathtubs on the private decks are all unashamedly romantic. Every room has a local guide who acts as a personal valet and caters to your every whim. Room service is ordered via antique telephones, and the lodge has an in-house holistic therapist. Sindabezi Island is the most environmentally friendly property on the Zambezi. The island makes use of recycled wood chips and solar power for heating, all the gray water is recycled, and the chalets are constructed mainly from sustainable forests. The island has a strict 10-guest maximum and is separated only by a stretch of river from the Zambezi National Park. Each of the island's chalets is raised on a wooden deck built artistically around the existing trees, and they are all completely open to the river with spectacular private views (curtains drop down at night). Each guest can plan a completely private itinerary, and every need is anticipated. Two honeymoon chalets also have baths. There is absolutely no electricity on the island, and hot water is provided on demand only. If your party takes Sindabezi for itself, the guide, boat, and land vehicle are at your disposal. Dinner is served by lantern and candlelight on a sandbank or wooden deck under the stars.

    Contact Information

  • Address: About 20 km (12 mi) upstream from Victoria Falls town, on Zambezi River, Livingstone
  • Phone: 213/32–7450; 213/32–7468
  • Website:
  • Location: Livingstone

    Hotel Details

  • 5 suites, 5 cottages.
  • Rate includes all-inclusive.
  • Credit cards accepted.

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