Thorntree Lodge is a secluded retreat within Zambia’s Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park on the bank of the mighty Zambezi River. This unspoiled setting is easily accessible by road and a mere 20 minutes away from Livingstone Airport. Friendly staff are available to meet you at the airport to transfer you to the lodge, although self drive options are also available.
Once at the lodge, we were treated to a delicious Brazilian welcome drink called a Mahito (made from Cane and mint), signalling the beginning of a great vacation. The public dining, bar and lounge area is really great and overlooks the Zambezi. It has comfortable couches and a great viewing deck.
This beautiful lodge is constructed out of natural materials that give it a real safari camp feel. The camp is surrounded by indigenous woods which, together with the many thatched roofs, create a shady haven from the hot African sun. Unlike many of the commercial hotels and resorts in Zambia, Thorntree Lodge only sleeps 18 people – ensuring personal attention to detail and exceptional service. The rooms even have their own private verandas overlooking the Zambezi, where guests can view the beautiful African sunsets from the comfort of their own wicker chairs.
A great feature of the lodge is the fact that it is surrounded by the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park where a great variety of wildlife can be spotted, including white rhino (the park is a sanctuary to these endangered animals), giraffe, sable, impala, wildebeest, zebra, buffalo and many species of birds. At night the property is patrolled by armed guards who also escort you to and from your room – ensuring your utmost safety.
Accomodation at Thorntree Lodge Accommodation consists of seven thatched, twin-bedded stone chalets, a double lodge and an Executive Suite. All the rooms have their own viewing verandas, equipped with wicker chairs and tables that overlook the river. This is a great place to simply ‘chill’ and enjoy the tranquillity of the surrounds.
The suite and the lodge are larger than the chalets, and offer larger and more private verandas – as they are further removed from the rest of the rooms.
All the rooms have ensuite bathrooms - 2 with outdoor baths and 3 with outdoor showers. The outdoor showers are simply divine, as you get to have a shower under the stars, while still enjoying the utmost privacy. The outdoor baths are truly romantic and look fabulous when filled with bubble bath!
The beds have crisp linen and mosquito nets to ensure a comfortable night’s sleep. The rooms also have lamps and ceiling fans, coffee and tea stations, insect repellent and bottled water. We loved the little thorn tree sprigs that they attached to the toilet rolls for decoration, and the fresh flowers on the bed – making everything extra special.
Dining at Thorntree Lodge Meals are served in the central lounge and dining area. The chefs and waiters take great pride in the presentation of meals and we can honestly say that Thorntree’s food was the best and the most beautiful of all the meals we had in the entire Victoria Falls area.
Delicious pre-dinner snacks are served on the deck at sunset, where migrating elephants can sometimes be spotted. Dinner consists of a three course meal prepared using only the freshest ingredients.
At the lodge, all drinks are included and range from cordials to soft drinks to beer and spirits. Imported red and white wines are served during dinner to complement the meal, and the service is fantastic.
The swimming pool area has a bar and a thatched lapa or gazebo where you can ‘chill’ for hours on end.
Breakfast is a choice of cereals and muesli, yoghurt and fruit, toast, and a cooked breakfast made to order and once again exceptionally beautifully presented.
The chefs will gladly cater for vegetarians – we simply ask that you notify us of your particular dietary needs in advance, to ensure ample preparation time.
Amenities • A central lounge/ dining area with bar and open sundeck
• Swimming pool
• Poolside gazebo with bar
• Elephant Boma – ideal for conferences, weddings and functions
• Elephant stables nearby
Room facilities: • En-suite bathrooms
• Private verandas with wicker chairs and tables
• Outdoor bath and showers in executive suites
• Coffee and tea making stations
• Bottled water
• Mosquito nets
• Insect repellent
Activities: • Morning and evening river cruises
• Game drives into the Mosi-O-Tunya National Park
• Fishing (limited rods and tackle are provided)
• Cultural and museum visits
• Visits to the Victoria Falls
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