Thorntree River Lodge, situated in the Mosi Oa Tunya (Smoke That Thunders) National Park in Zambia, provides luxury accommodation in an area known for its abundant wildlife. Each modern tented suite sits right on the river bank with uninterrupted views over the Zambezi. The lodge is about 15 kilometres upstream from the breathtaking Victoria Falls and offers an extensive range of African experiences and activities.

  • Spacious en-suite, modern tented units
  • Private decks right on the water's edge
  • Breathtaking views of the Zambezi River
  • Wildlife viewing in the Mosi Oa Tunya National Park
  • 15km from the world-famous Victoria Falls
  • Various exciting activities available, including game drives and Zambezi river cruises
  • Swimming pool
  • Excellent cuisine
  • Sunset cruises

Thorntree River Lodge has eight twin rooms and two family units, the latter of which each has four beds. Every unit has its own indoor and outdoor bathroom and a private plunge pool. The modern, luxury tented suites are spacious and secluded, with private verandas overlooking the Zambezi River and the African bush. Each room offers twin or double beds with mosquito netting, overhead fan and an en-suite bathroom with all the facilities necessary for a comfortable stay.

Luxurious, spacious main lodge

The main lodge area has a spacious lounge with an open dining area that flows onto a temperature-controlled wine cellar where fine wines are stored. The culinary standards are superb and every meal time is an occasion. There's a small library with Wi-Fi, a gym and a spa. An extensive 'floating' timber deck overlooks the mighty Zambezi River and is home to an infinity pool for cooling off between game drives. There's also an open-air boma for balmy evenings spent around a campfire.

Thorntree River Lodge is situated in Zambia’s Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, just a short distance from Livingstone and the famous Victoria Falls. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and a must-see when you're in the area.

Known as the "home of the elephants", Thorntree River Lodge has a frequent stream of elephant visitors.

Game viewing and other activities

Other exciting activities available in the area include the following:

  • Zambezi River cruises
  • Game drives
  • Helicopter flights over Victoria Falls
  • White-water rafting
  • Canoeing
  • Bungee jumping and high-wire activities
  • African craft markets

Getting there

By air - Livingstone Airport is serviced by Kenya Airways, British Airways and South African Airways. There are regular flights from Johannesburg which take approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Our take on Thorntree Lodge

Thorntree Lodge looks fresh and luxurious. Now under the African Bush Camps umbrella, it's part of a very reputable, well-run collection of lodges in Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Planning an excellent safari itinerary among these lodges is an exciting option worth considering. Owner Beks Ndlovo is a legendary guide who is highly respected in the industry.

  • Accommodation and all meals
  • All beverages (except premium imported spirits and champagne)
  • Boating and fishing
  • One trip to the Zambian side of Victoria Falls
  • National parks fees
  • Laundry
  • Return Livingstone Airport road transfers
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Free road transfers from Kasane or Victoria Falls Airport if staying with African Bush Camps in Botswana or Zimbabwe
  • Visa fees
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Staff gratuities
  • Transfers between camps (one way)
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