Tongabezi: Above and Beyond Victoria Falls

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Nestled on the shores of the Zambezi river, this African retreat knows how to get your heart racing


On an African honeymoon, a visit to Victoria Falls is a must and to enjoy it to the fullest, a stay at Tongabezi is essential! As the first hotel to be built on the upper banks of Zambia’s Zambezi river, they have the the ultimate location, connections, and expertise to know what honeymooners crave. 


Founders Ben and Vanessa Parker built the eco-lodge to embrace the area’s African roots and wild environment…without straying too far from Western comforts. The whole property, save from the riverside dining patio and this charming boathouse, is completely nestled into the forest. This is the base camp for their slew of river activities and where we met for our first Tongabezi treat.


At the dock, a wooden boat greeted us with a perfectly set table for two. We had our first course of mint cucumber soup then set sail for a private lunch on the river.


The spiced lamb kebabs with sauteed okra and tomato (grown in Tongabezi‘s very own garden) had the most incredible flavor…a trend that continued with every meal.  For a little post-lunch entertainment we coasted by a family of hippos having an afternoon dip.


Escorted by our valet Niambe (all guests have a personal attendant throughout the course of their stay…talk about luxury!), we were presented with two fantastic suites to choose from. One was a gorgeous room directly on the river with nothing but screens keeping you from the sounds and breezes of the Zambezi. Two was the “Nut House,” a thatch-roof cottage tucked up on the hill with views out to the river and an infinity plunge pool outside.  Both amazing, but who says no to a private pool?


 Here is the aqua beauty that won us over, complete with to-die-for views. We swam in the heat of the day and the twinkle of the stars.


Inside our suite, the room was the epitome of African luxury. A staircase brought us down past our bar area, to our fireplace lounge area, and then to our grand four-poster bed. The vibrant Zambian textiles, antique accents, and modern amenities made us want move in.

When it comes to ambiance and romance, Tongabezi left us lovestruck. Chilled wine awaited us in the room each evening, bubble baths drawn before dinner, hot cocoa and blankets for morning boat rides, and countless other thoughtful touches popped up at every turn. But the gesture that really gave them top billing in our hearts was our dinner on the Sampan. Check out the video above and imagine sitting with your love on a floating dining room in the middle of Zambezi river, enjoying a dinner under the glow of lanterns and moonlight, then the sounds of an African choir growing louder and more beautiful as they row towards you in a canoe. It will take your breath away.

Tongabezi is the kind of hotel you could happily spend every waking moment
in but the adventures of Livingstone await.  For more on our trip to Victoria Falls, our gorge free-fall, microlight flight, canoe trip with hippos, game drive, and other thrills with Tongabezi, check out this blog.

Note: Tongabezi invited us to be their guests; however all opinions are our own.

Much love from Victoria Falls, Zambia,
Mike & Anne
www.HoneyTrek.com

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