Why photographers love Tongabezi
Tongabezi is the premier base from which to explore Victoria Falls which is a world heritage site. While in the area, photographers might enjoy an aerial photography excursion over the Falls.
How we rate Tongabezi
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Tongabezi at a glance
This well-loved, privately run lodge is privately located about 16 kilometres upstream from Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River. It has 5 riverside cottages, 4 romantic houses, a swimming pool and a dining area. There are several lounges set beside the river. It’s an extremely romantic lodge where you can go on boat cruises, visit the Falls and even have meals served on a sanpan in the middle of the river. Its sister lodge, Sindabezi, is a Robinson-Crusoe type experience with 5 chalets set on an island in the Zambezi. Tongabezi also runs exclusive trips to Livingstone Island where you can swim on the edge of the falls.
The Zambezi side of the river is best explored during the wetter months from January to July. During the dry months from August to late November the Western Cataract can become fairly dry and guests to the Zambian side of the falls can be disappointed. Book into the lodge during full moon in April and June and you should have clear skies and a view of the fantastic lunar rainbow.
What Tongabezi costs
This is the premier product in Livingstone and rates are available from Photos and Africa.
The good news
There is much to be written about Tongabezi’s outstanding environmental and social practices. The school Tuyatane which was founded by Vanessa Parker means “lets all hold hands together” and has grown in stature in Zambia and has many prize-winning students. Visitors to the lodge also support five other schools in the Livingstone area. The fact that so many of the staff have been there for so long is testimony to an extremely happy working environment.
Photographers need to know
The lodge lies about a 30 minute drive from the Falls–photographers wishing to base themselves closer might consider other options.