Tongabezi Lodge

Accommodation Suppliers

Private Bag 31, Livingstone
Member Number: 20131 Tel: +260 (0) 21 332 7450/68

Tongabezi - A romantic hideaway on the banks of the Zambezi river, upstream of the majestic Victoria Falls. Our friendly team welcomes guests to a selection of five river-view Houses, five river-view Cottages, and one fully enclosed Garden House with a second bedroom, a private garden, and a lounge area. The rooms accommodate two to five guests each. Our guests set their own pace and itinerary. A range of dining locations all feature exquisite views of the Zambezi. Privately owned and run, Tongabezi combines an exclusive ambiance with the legendary warmth and hospitality of the people of Zambia. Two swimming pools, a gym, inclusive river safaris, a sampan dinner, other activities and local excursions. Open all year.  

Sindabezi - Exclusive, romantic, private island camp with wildlife views over a national park. Three km downstream, it is only reached by boat from Tongabezi. The island is solar powered but is mostly still lamp-and-candle lit. Five chalets looking out over the Zambezi, each with an en-suite bathroom with hot water. Variety of activities. Open all year.

Tongabezi also has a private concession on Livingstone Island, the original vantage point of David Livingstone. Small groups can view the falls and dine in style only meters from the edge of the waterfall. It is the ultimate way to experience Victoria Falls.

Where we operate

  • Zambia

Activities offered

  • Accommodation
  • Bird Watching
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Safaris - Fixed Camp
  • Weddings
  • Eco tourism

Our Commitment to Responsible Tourism

We educate our community

We are ridiculously green

We help keep our community healthy

We build houses


Mukuni Housing Project

We have a reputation of putting our money where our mouth is, a superb standing in the teaching community through Tujatane the Tongabezi Trust School, and now we are extending the reach of our involvement through donating 10% of proceeds from Livingstone Island to build houses for Mukuni village teachers. It is a basic fact that better housing attracts higher qualified teachers and the three bedroom houses that we build are considered excellent teacher accommodation and are having the desired effect of making the schools in this area more attractive to teachers. 13 houses have been built to date, along with a water tank and pump to supply the village.

Tujatane Trust School

Tujatane has grown from a pre-school class of 15 children to a primary school with over 250 students and 30 members of staff. The school has charity status in the UK and is completely funded by donations. Apart from the first classroom, which Tongabezi built, the development of the school has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of donors all over the world. These donations range from individual child sponsorship, teacher sponsorship, help with our food programme and medical programme, to building projects. Today Tujatane has a library, ICT room, amphitheater, music room, art room, kitchen and sports grounds. Tujatane supports pupils after they leave and go to high school, and often all the way through to university. In fact, our Tujatane Family now includes qualified teachers, accountants, lawyers, and pilots. Some of our first students are back here today, teaching in the same classrooms where they first learned to read.


26 June 2020

An Invitation to Tongabezi's 30th Birthday Zoom Call - June 30th

Tongabezi has been through a lot over the years. We have lost both of our Founders and many other loved ones. We have flooded and caught fire more than once. But we have also flourished, we have stayed true to our commitment to empower our wonderful community and protect our perfect patch of wilderness, we have made and kept friends like you from all over the world.

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03 June 2020

Tongabezi is 30 years old!

Tongabezi first opened our tent flaps to guests in June of 1990 -- 30 years ago this month.  So that makes June your birthday month too because we would never have made it this far without you. Happy 30th Birthday! We’d like to ask you to celebrate with us.

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31 March 2020

Green Safaris: Love and Empowerment in the Time of Coronavirus

Did you know that an elephant’s gestation period is 22 months? This means that a baby elephant sits inside its mother’s womb for almost two years, curled up in the dark, doing nothing at all, just waiting to be born. It’s only been just over three weeks since the coronavirus was officially labelled a pandemic. Responsible travellers around the world are delaying their dream holidays and staying at home.

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12 February 2020

Tongabezi Joins the Green Safaris Family

2019 was a big and in some ways devastating year for the Tongabezi Team, so we are beyond excited to let you know that one of Ben Parker’s personal visions for Tongabezi is finally coming to pass.   We are officially part of the Green Safaris Family!

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28 February 2019

The Parker family to continue the Tongabezi Dream

Tongabezi is moving forwards, with Benjamin Parker’s family and friends at the helm. It has been a painful time for our Tongabezi Family. We are mourning the loss of a father and a leader. The support from the local community and from our international friends has gotten us through the last few weeks. Hundreds of people poured in from all over Zambia to pay their respects and hold vigil with us, and more will be coming from all over the world. Our plans to celebrate Ben’s life continue well into this year.

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06 February 2019

Farewell to Ben Parker - Tongabezi

We are deeply saddened to announce that Tongabezi Chairman and Co-Founder Ben Parker has moved on to greater adventures after a courageous fight against cancer. Our thoughts are with his family, his wife Vanessa, his daughters Natasha, Acacia and Tamara and his brother and sister Stephen and Naomi.

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25 July 2018

Livingstone Island Finally Has Her Own Website

Devil's Pool is the black dragon of the Tongabezi family. With a reputation for being an ultimate bucket list experience for thrill-seekers, this naturally occurring rock pool sits on the very edge of Victoria Falls and has become a rock star in Zambian adventure activities.

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01 May 2018

The hippo loves Tongabezi’s new pool and gym area

It's been a year of stop-and-start building, ensuring that Tongabezi guests were inconvenienced as little as possible by our dreams of bigger and better but also healthier, but finally, the new pool and gym are complete.

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08 March 2018

Livingstone Island Now Taking 24 People Per Slot

Perched on the very edge of Victoria Falls, Livingstone Island is a truly unique and unforgettable experience. As of January 2018, it is also available to 24 people per slot rather than the previous limit of 16.

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24 May 2016

Get the perfect Hotel room. Guaranteed.

It is possible to be happily surprised by your room every time you travel. (And to fix it quickly if you're not!) You simply have to know which questions to ask:

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29 July 2015

Busting the Sunscreen Myths

Even though people are using more sunscreen... Skin cancer rates are rising by 4.2% annually. Which begs the question: What is in our sunscreen and what do those ingredients actually do? And will be better off EATING our sunscreen instead?

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24 July 2015

Safari by Hobby

Are you always trying to find more time for doing the stuff you are passionate about? Why not bring your hobby on safari!? Think about it. You get to enjoy the wonders of Africa whilst indulging in your favourite pastime in a beautiful environment... where time moves along slowly enough to accommodate all your dreams.

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15 July 2015

Injured Birds - Should you care for them?

Always choose Option A... but if this isn’t possible for some reason you can try some of Dad Doolittle’s proven bird rehab methods.

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22 June 2015

Kids on Safari

10 top African Safaris for children From malaria-free to camels, sea, sand and bushveld... we have something to satisfy every wishlist!

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20 March 2015

Blood of the Tiger

An interview with author J.A. Mills. The truth about global conservation.

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24 October 2014

10 Surprising Packing Tips

Having trouble sleeping is just one of many little irritations that can ruin a holiday in a big way. Imagine being prepared for all eventualities. Here's how: 

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14 October 2014

The Last First Aid Checklist You'll Ever Need

The biggest medical problems that face most travellers to our corner of the world are the little ones – a well thought out first aid kit can mean the difference between a comfortable night and perfect misery. Read more...

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08 October 2014

An Ancient Story of Love

Do you know that Victoria Falls was ruled by women for centuries? And that a love story changed everything? Read more here:

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28 April 2014

The 2014 Little Green Book of Fashion

On the one year anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh, Tongabezi's Blog House features tips and links to turn your style eco-friendly.  

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08 April 2014

Livingstone Island Closed on 5 April 2014

Livingstone Island has now closed due to the increasing water levels on the Mighty Zambezi River. At the moment the decision by management is to temporarily cease operations from the 5th April 2014 until further notice. The 5th April 2014 was therefore the last day of the visits to the Island for this season. The re-opening date will be communicated to you  at least a week before.

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20 February 2014

Popular fiction is separating the rhino from its horn.

Do you still believe rhino horn is used to enhance prowess in the bedroom? When it comes to seperating the Rhino from its horn nonsense passing as knowledge is the root of all evil. We set the record straight and highlight a great campaign for tackling the problem at its root.  Read more

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14 October 2013

Katundu in paradise

I lost my heart to a dainty little Indian cupboard once. It was only one of many (SO many) gorgeous treasures in the very large and very beautiful home that is Tangala House. But you know how it goes… that moment when you see something you simply love and all the other stuff melt into the background a bit? Everything in the house had a story and so, of course, I wanted to know all about this thing of absolute beauty. I was about to be introduced to the design talent that is Suzie Lightf…

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09 September 2013

Tongabezi – the new and exclusive Dog House is open

Tongabezi has just put the finishing touches to the brand new Dog House and are warmly welcoming their first guests and are excitedly awaiting the photographer....! So please be patient just a little longer for your peek of the brand new and totally different Tongabezi Dog House.... A family room extraordinaire on the mighty Zambezi River.  The new house has two beautifully, stylish en-suite bedrooms with joining lounge and deck area. It is set to be spectacular!!

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27 July 2012

The Tree House Rebooted

In November the much-loved house was closed for a Tongabezi style revamp and all around the world a collective breath was held as everyone could not help wondering how it would be possible to improve on perfection. We can now reveal the all new Tongabezi Tree House - and let everyone know that the Tonga team has done it again and it’s safe to exhale, sit back and prepare to be all kinds of impressed! The new Tree House sits on one elevated level hugging the main trunk of a giant African …

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