Thorntree River Lodge
Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park
Set on the banks of the legendary Zambezi in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, the stunning Thorntree River Lodge is a unique African lodge with a stylish and sophisticated 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 mix of indigenous culture and 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 (children of all ages are welcome at Thorntree). Each suite has breath-taking panoramic views of the Zambezi and its own indoor and outdoor bathrooms. The sociable communal areas, including the inviting infinity pool, have 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. The interiors are chic and understated – a modern twist on Zambian style.
Thorntree River Lodge’s facilities include a great gym and spa which have fantastic views over the Zambezi River, and a library with cosy armchairs and strong WiFi. The communal deck is where evening meals are taken next to a fire pit under the stars and overlooking the mighty Zambezi. 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.
Zambia's Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park is well known for tracking the endangered White 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 safari drives and viewing are excellent with lots of wildlife to be seen. 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.
Features in the following itineraries
- Jaime Benitez, South India
- Anonymous, India
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
- Matthew Annable, Rajasthan, India
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
- Mr David Wallace, North India
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
- Leslie Siben, India