Places We Love: Thorntree River Lodge | Zambia

Thorntree River Lodge is set in Zambia’s Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, just a short distance from the famous Victoria Falls. Thorntree River Lodge has been completely rebuilt with an environmentally-conscious design. Drawing inspiration from local customs and culture, it is a modern contemporary design with tented roof structures to maintain the feel of authentic Africa.

The lodge boasts 12 twin rooms with 2 sets of interleading units. Each unit has its own indoor and outdoor bathrooms, as well as a luxurious private plunge pool. The main lodge consists of a lounge with an open dining area, where the fine dining experience of African cuisine will come to life. A gym and spa overlook the mighty Zambezi River, and there is a small library with WIFI for guests’ convenience. The communal deck is set on the edge of the stunning riverside, and is home to a sunken boma area and an infinity pool. Wooden decking floats on the edge of the river, and moves with the water level to create the illusion of sailing a boat, and help to achieve a seamless feel between river and land.

Thorntree River Lodge offers daily excursions to the Zambian side (and Zimbabwean side – in the dry season) of The Victoria Falls, private river cruises, cultural visits, fishing expeditions, canoeing, rhino tracking and game drives, all included in your stay.

The magnitude of the Victoria Falls cannot be underestimated. First discovered by Dr David Livingstone in November 1855, this legendary explorer said of Victoria Falls, ‘Mosi-Oa-Tunya’, “Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.”There are many ways to encounter the world’s largest waterfall. Take a gentle walk along the rainforest boardwalk to enjoy up-close views of this impressive cataract. Plunge headlong into an adrenaline-surged encounter by ziplining, gorge-swinging or bungee jumping the cataract ravine.

Enjoy a thrilling scenic helicopter flight offering unrivalled picture opportunities of the Zambezi River, Livingstone Island and the curtain of water that is The Falls. Whichever way you choose to experience ‘The Smoke that Thunders’, this is an experience not to be missed.

Insider Tip From Andrew Beck

One of the highlights of my stay at Thorntree River Lodge with my wife was waking up and opening all of the sliding doors in-front of the room to enjoy a cup of coffee in bed whilst listening to the sounds of the bush come alive. I would suggest dedicating at least one morning for this experience and can attest that it is a welcome reprieve from the early morning wake up calls and game drives whilst out on safari.

Getting to Thorntree River Lodge is a breeze and is an easy road transfer from either Victoria Falls International Airport (Zimbabwe), Livingstone International Airport (Zambia) and even Kasane (Botswana). The lodge is also just a short internal flight from Lusaka. This location and easy access makes Thorntree River Lodge a great option for ending a safari in Botswana's Okavango Delta, Zambia's South Luangwa and even Zimbabwe's Mana Pools and Hwange National Parks.

Visit Thorntree River Lodge

Thorntree River Lodge's location makes it a great option for ending a safari in Botswana's Okavango Delta, Zambia's South Luangwa and even Zimbabwe's Mana Pools and Hwange National Parks. We would reccomend a minimum of 3 Nights at Thorntree River Lodge in order for you to experience all that this spectacular lodge has to offer whilst simultaneously taking a moment to sit back, relax and enjoy the tranquility of the Zambezi River.

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