Included guided trips: Chris’s sunset cruise: excellent. Other guides generally ok, but we always felt rushed and the guiding felt ‘canned’. Vic Falls trip was a major disappointment: Trip was hurried and canned. No option was given to visit on site interpretive center or walk to the bridge as we had asked. All of a sudden the guide just said, "The guided tour is over". We were taken aback. Generally Tongabezi is way overpriced for the service and guiding options. It was the low point of our trip.
Hotel Services: Good, but their formality got in the way of being efficient and helpful. I missed the “hands on” friendliness of the Safari Camps.
Accommodation: Very nice. Valet was gracious and helpful. Clean & pretty.
Food: Good, but not special. Dining room staff was too formal & structured to be relaxed. No snacks or drinks were available to serve oneself between meals. Everything was a big production. Table service was extremely slow and no intro about what was going to be served.
A trip to visit Livingstone Island was an add-on of $65 or $120 with lunch. A ridiculously high priced add-on that should have been included. All in all Tongabezi Lodge is way over-priced as compared to other very high-end choices in Zambia. It was not as special as they would lead you to believe.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tongabezi Lodge, the first river lodge on the Zambian side of the Victorian Falls, is a privately owned up-market lodge, built with emphasis on exclusivity and romance, located on the banks of the Zambezi River. Tongabezi has four open-fronted thatched houses and five river cottages all with sweeping views over the river and a Garden Cottage set in its own private walled garden. In addition we have the private island bush camp at Sindabezi Island and the Tangala House family home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tongabezi Hotel Livingstone