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Thorntree River Lodge
Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park

Set on the banks of the legendary Zambezi in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, the stunning Thorntree River Lodge is a unique African lodge with a stylish and sexy design, but with authenticity and an eco-friendly ethos at its heart. Ideally located 20km down river from the bustle of Victoria Falls and Livingstone, the lodge is a multifaceted mix of indigenous culture contemporary themes; a peaceful haven to just catch your breath and slow down.

The lodge was completely rebuilt in 2017 using environmentally friendly construction methods and materials to include 12 luxurious suites dotted along the river’s edge, four of which are suites which can accommodate families with interleading walk ways (note the child policy is 7 years and older, sharing with parents). Each suite has breathtaking panoramic views of the river and its own indoor and outdoor bathrooms, a luxurious plunge pool and wonderful views over the hippo-filled river and pristine riverbanks where elephant and other game wander freely. Instead of tent flaps, the pitched canvas roofs form a canopy for the panoramic sliding glass panels, seamlessly blending to feel a continuous connection to the outdoors.

Thorntree River Lodge’s facilities include a great gym and spa looking out over the Zambezi River and an infinity pool. A communal deck with a gorgeous sunken boma area which moves with the water level, is where evening meals are taken next to a fire pit under the stars and overlooking the mighty Zambezi River. The contemporary styling of the lodge comes from the clean lines, natural materials, simple furnishings and understated décor including chic sail canopies. However, it still maintains a warm African feel, accentuated by the lovely dome roofs and the sparse scattering of ethnic cushions, rugs and artworks – a stunning design that invites you to lap up the holistic, contemporary infusion of bush and luxury.

Thorntree River Lodge is set within Zambia's Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, where a highlight is tracking rhino on foot. The local guides are highly qualified and will share all their knowledge with you on game drives, walking safaris, catch and release fishing, canoeing and boat cruises. A sunset cruise is a must; watch the sun set over one of the natural wonders of the natural world, the Victoria Falls. There are also excursions to the Victoria Falls and a chance to see all the local vendors and the buzz of seeing the Falls up close. The game drives and game viewing are excellent with lots of general game and predators. The area is also rich in birdlife, especially the water birds, birds of prey and Kingfishers.

Thorntree River Lodge is a superb beginning or ending to an incredible safari in Zimbabwe or Zambia. The lodge is also a perfect add on for any travellers wanting to see the iconic Victoria Falls and add in some wildlife experiences.

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