Get ready to feel at one with the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park while staying at Thorntree River Lodge, a luxury tented camp on the Zambezi River that is both boutique and perfectly placed, right by the waterside. Offering only ten private-pool tented suites across its secluded riverside reserve, this is certainly an exclusive safari lodge here in southern Zambia too, with a spa and small gym, luxe swimming pool with overwater loungers, a gourmet restaurant and lounge bar there for just a handful of lucky guests.
Thorntree River Lodge goes further, as not only does this boutique tented camp offer more facilities than most (as well as intimate game drives, wildlife walks, boat tours and some of Zambia’s best safari opportunities), but it really looks the part too. The lodge’s floating restaurant, for example, perched as it is above the Zambezi River, is a brilliantly designed open-air space of soft candlelight, a central firepit and first-class table service, the sort of setting that wouldn’t be out of place in any five-star hotel – let alone in the middle of a Zambian national park! A super stylish lounge bar filled with an eclectic mix of comfy sofas, Asian lanterns, traditional African weavings and antique tools hanging on the wall – right next to a cosy indoor dining space and well stocked wine cellar – is the kind of contemporary space that needs executing to perfection to work well, given the otherwise wild setting of the camp.
Indeed, you will be right in amongst the Zambian outback while staying at Thorntree River Lodge, only half an hour from Victoria Falls and with instant access to not only boat trips on the Zambezi but the safaris, trails and abundant wildlife – including rhino trekking – of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. And when you’ve spent the day exploring, there are few better ways to finish up than with a massage in Thorntree’s spa tent, a dip in your private plunge pool or perhaps a bath overlooking the river, followed by cocktails and a gourmet meal under the stars; this is the way a luxury African safari should be.
Your gastronomic journey (all included) at Thorntree River Lodge comes with a view from morning till night, thanks to a superb riverside setting for the camp’s al fresco terrace – though there is also an elegantly adorned lounge, fireplace and cosy restaurant space inside too. For something even more special, you can also book a table and candlelit meal for two on an overwater pontoon that floats above the Zambezi, which is simply magical. The style of gourmet cuisine here is unashamedly international, though always thoroughly delicious, so you can expect everything from homemade English teacakes to Mexican fajitas, freshly grilled fish off the BBQ with local spices to American style beef burgers and chunky potato wedges, meaning something for everyone! Picnics can be arranged if you are out on safari all day, as can in-villa dining, and come evening the terrace and comfy lounge areas are a great place to enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail, to see out the night.
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The safari experiences available at Thorntree River Lodge are some of the finest in Zambia, with Rhino trekking, boat trips to nearby Victoria Falls, game drives around the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in search of Elephants, Lions, Giraffes and Zebras – among dozens more species – all available. You can also take a trip to local villages, go canoeing on the Zambezi River or enjoy a laidback sunset cruise, as well as time spent around the lodge itself, its spa and scenic pool area surrounded by loungers and a riverside sundeck.
Thorntree River Lodge has more onsite facilities than most boutique safari camps in Zambia of this size, including a spa, small gym, swimming pool with submerged loungers and a surrounding sundeck, library (with Wi-Fi) and babysitting services if you need them. This, in addition to the guides and equipment needed for game drives, cruises and trekking will be all you need for an unforgettable safari experience.
Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia. Thorntree River Lodge sits directly on the Zambezi River in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, roughly 30 minutes by road from Victoria Falls. The closest airstrip – and international airport – is Livingston, around 20 minutes away.
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5/12 - Restaurant at Thorntree River Lodge, Zambia
6/12 - Lounge Area at Thorntree River Lodge, Zambia
7/12 - Dining by River at Thorntree River Lodge, Zambia
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10/12 - Luxury Tent Bathroom at Thorntree River Lodge, Zambia
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