Thorntree River Lodge
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.