Fodor's Expert Review Tongabezi Lodge

Livingstone, Southern, Zambia Fodor's Choice

If you're looking for a truly idyllic African experience, this is it. Tongabezi was designed to perfectly complement the natural beauty of the Zambezi—but you'll still find indulgent offerings and personalized service at every turn. Standard cottages are spacious, cream-and-ocher rondavels featuring private verandahs. Three houses are built into a low cliff and incorporate the original riverine forest canopy; one house hugs the water with a private deck extending over the river; and the Nuthouse is entirely enclosed and also has an exclusive plunge pool. King-size beds set into tree trunks and covered by curtains of linen netting, oversize sofas in the sitting areas, and large claw-foot bathtubs on the private decks are all unashamedly indulgent. Every room has a personal valet who caters to your every whim. The lodge also has in-house masseuses. Tongabezi offers various excellent meal options, including a romantic candlelit san pan (pontoon boat) floating on the Zambezi (with waiters delivering each course by canoe), as well as a number of private decks.


  • the original open-fronted Zambezi lodge
  • excellent service and lots of thoughtful touches
  • management is environmentally focused and community aware


  • no longer owner-run
  • interaction with others is limited—though some might count this as a pro
  • a bit of a distance from town and most activities




Phones: 0979-312--766


11 suites
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive

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