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Reviewed July 21, 2010

Toka Leya consist of 12 raised tented units. The decor is nice and comfortable. The camp is a bit upstream from Victoria falls. Toka Leya is right on the Zambezi, providing for outstanding views and potential wildlife sightings. There are no other camps nearby giving Toka Leya and exclusive vibe. It is just comfortable.

Beyond the relaxed atmosphere, what stood out for us was the service. We were looking to relax and had our itinerary planned for us. The staff changed it on a whim and catered to our needs. The staff met our every request with a smile and worked hard to engage with us. The staff just seemed to be one step ahead of every request we could have possibly made. Food and drinks were excellent as well.

Highlights were the nightly sundowner cruise, the spa, and the local band brought in for entertainment. Sundowners were on a small toka leya boat, that allowed us to simply relax and enjoy the scenery. The spa service was fantastic. One of the best massages I have had. With respect to the local band, I am not sure how often they play, but the jam and dance session by the fire pit was a definite highlight for us... Toka Leya was the perfect way to wind down a long trip.

Date of stay: July 2010
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank jcafarr
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Reviewed July 15, 2010

We had a wonderful time at Toka Leya. The staff was warm and attentive; the food good, the setting magnificent, right on the Zambezi. The accomodations are a little more rustic than other Falls options such as Royal Livingstone, etc., but that was fine with me. The tents are quite luxurious (for tents), with the exception that winter mornings in Zambia were, to my great surprise, COLD, and the heater in the tents really couldn't chase all the cold away. But I just cocooned in the four poster bed and was fine.

The food was well prepared and tasty. The bar was always open. To enable us to see the World Cup semifinal, the Lodge sent those of us interested on a bus into Livingstone to watch the game in a restored 1931 theatre, which was quite a treat in itself. We also took advantage of the game drives and village visit. We are espectially grateful to Susanna, Bos, and Amon for their great work with us.

Date of stay: July 2010
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Thank CaliforniaDaveS
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Reviewed July 12, 2010

My spouse and I stayed at Toka Leya for 2 nights in May at the end of our safari experience to see the falls and "rest up" before going home. We are so thankful we stayed here rather than at a luxury hotel.

Of the three Wilderness classic camps we visited, Toka Leya was the best in terms of accommodations and food (Duma Tau and Little Vumbura were the other two). In fact, it felt more like a premier camp, but not at the level of Mombo, which is the only premier camp we have visited. The Zambezi was very high, and the sound of the rushing water was so soothing while sitting on the expansive terrace. Because of this extremely high water level, elephant, hippo, vervet monkey, and croc viewing at the camp was non-existent, but the boat ride down the river was fantastic in terms of bird viewing and some game. We did not take a land game drive, choosing instead to visit the village, which I highly recommend. We felt we were experiencing the "real" Africa.

As I settled into our comfortable bed that first night, I couldn't believe that I was smelling a delightful linen spray on the sheets! A touch not present at Mombo! I have no doubt that this inspiration comes from the delightful new manager there, a talented young lady who keeps this place running in top notch condition. The chef is excellent also, and the menus and food prep was outstanding.

We plan to return in the "dry" season after our next safari, and I can only imagine how much fun it will be to sit on the terrace, pampered while watching hippo, croc, and elephants in the river.

Date of stay: May 2010
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Thank GetoutofDodge
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Reviewed May 22, 2010

A great lodge - good location, close to Livingstone, but a little away from the Falls. The whole camp is built on stilts and is beautiful. One of the main things about it is the attention to detail from all the staff who know what activities you've done and what you're booked in to do. We had little personalised treats left in our room. The rooms are big with indoor and outdoor showers and big outside porch areas. For dinner the tables are set up separately - so no having to eat with the group. The food is delicious. The activities are good too. There are lots to choose from and enough guides to ensure that you can choose what you want to do when you want to do it. There's also a very nice spa - you can look out over the Zambezi while having a massage. Only downsides - lots of ants (who come up through the floorboards to escape the water) and an expectation to tip for everything (this wasn't just the camp - it seems to be the way it is in Zambia). Overall highly recommended!

Date of stay: May 2010
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Thank WorldWandererEngland
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Reviewed May 15, 2010

i traveled with my son and daughter to see victoria falls...toka leya was a beautiful tent lodge...the people that run it are so helpful and friendly. we really enjoyed our stay...i loved the room...a big porch on the river...gorgeous views...beautiful furnishings...only downside...because of alot of rain, no internet...oh well...food was delicious...enjoyed our stay...

Date of stay: April 2010
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Thank jolynm
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