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
- Bird Watching
- Safaris - Fixed Camp
- Eco tourism
Our Commitment to Responsible Tourism
We educate our community
We are ridiculously green
We help keep our community healthy
We build houses
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 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.
12 February 2020
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!Read More
28 February 2019
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.Read More
06 February 2019
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.Read More
25 July 2018
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.Read More
24 May 2016
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: http://thetongabezibloghouse.com/where-to-next/how-to-not-have-your-heart-broken-by-a-hotel-room/Read More
29 July 2015
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? http://thetongabezibloghouse.com/categories/lets-all-eat-our-sunscreen/Read More
24 July 2015
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. http://thetongabezibloghouse.com/where-to-next/safari-by-hobby/Read More
24 October 2014
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: http://thetongabezibloghouse.com/pack-like-a-superhero-part-ii-sweat-the-small-stuff/ Read More
08 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.Read More
20 February 2014
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 moreRead More
14 October 2013
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…Read More
09 September 2013
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!!Read More
27 July 2012
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 …Read More