It was our honeymoon and many wouldn't want to change rooms twice for a five night sojourn...however, we were fortunate enough to stay in the Garden Cottage, a River Cottage and the delectable and stunning Honeymoon house.
As stated on the website, you are provided with a valet throughout your stay. Our valet was Isaac and we couldn't have been looked after better. Though we were a little uncomfortable with someone tasked with being at our becking call, Isaac acted very discretely that made our stay all the more beautiful. For instance, every night we returned to a bath, perfectly prepared by Isaac with accompanying wine/champagne and lit candles.
The rooms were all individual and tastefully decorated. The rooms were a mix of old colonial touches (roll top baths, 1930's wind up phones) with modern twists. Highlights are the quality of the beds and sheets, the outside rainshowers (a bit risque but you just feel you're amongst nature) and the fireplace in the Garden Cottage. We loved all the rooms!
And what can we say about the food? Bloomin' brilliant! Do no go if you are sticking to a diet because the variety and quality of every meal is spot on. A highlight for me was taking brekkie on the floating pontoon while tucking into the most fabulous bacon and spinach sarnie. My wife (and I) tossed out any pre-wedding diet regime and indulged. The staff are so relaxed, they allowed us to visit the kitchen and chat away with the chef about his cooking philosophy and get a peek at what would be on the menu over the next few days.
Look, I really could go on and on about this place but I am in danger of becoming sycophantic (if I haven't already). So this place is fab and ultra relaxing. There are a range of excursions/activities should you feel adventureous but life there is so tranquil, you may decide (like us) to set yourself in at Tongabezi Lodge, gaze at the hippos and the Zambezi and exorcise any stresses that you may have carried with you to Zambia.
Thank you Rudi and the team. We would love to come back (maybe stay at Sindabezi Island - it looks great!)
Jason and Joanne
- 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