Opened 30 years ago, Zambia’s Tongabezi which is located on a pristine stretch of riverfront just 12 miles upstream from Victoria Falls has recently completed an extensive renovation.
The brainchild of South African designer Abi James, Tongabezi’s new look brings richly layered interiors to this safari destination, with specially commissioned pieces by artisans from South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Malawi. Five houses and four cottages are each unique, featuring bespoke furnishings, block-printed fabrics, copper inlay tables, and hand-painted tiles. And though the treehouse-like abodes have been upgraded with glass walls and butler service, everything remains as elemental and adventurous as before.
At night, guests fall asleep to the sound of hippos grunting and elephants splashing in the river below. Meals are served whenever, wherever—from lunch on a secluded river sandbank reached only by canoe to dinner on your private terrace. In addition to daily trips to Mosi-oa-Tunya, guests of Tongabezi can also embark on game drives, fishing and canoeing outings, and sunset river cruises. Come September, the completion of a new swimming pool with an outdoor bar, as well as a gym and spa, will provide the perfect excuse to linger in camp just a little bit longer.
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