Property Spotlight: Tongabezi, Sindabezi & Livingstone Island

Lauren Watson | March 25, 2024


From serenading valets to sampans and some of the world’s finest picnic spots, we’re not keeping Tongabezi or Sindabezi under wraps, and neither should you.

So, what’s with the mysterious code in our introduction if not GPS coordinates…?

It’s straightforward – The Zambezi stretches 2,700 km across four different nations. Victoria Falls has more than 481,386 cubic meters of water gushing over its 1,708-meter-long and 108-meter-tall edge, where our guests swim and picnic above the waterfall on Livingstone Island. We’ve safely operated this for 30 yearsAnd 34? That’s how long our wonderful Tongabezi and Sindabezi team has been warmly welcoming guests to their secluded home along the river, where the riverbank curves towards the sunset.

Did you know that by booking a stay at Tongabezi or Sindabezi, your guests receive a complimentary visit to Livingstone Island? (*For SADC this only applies to guests staying to or more nights).

So why send your guests to either of our homes above the thunder? Both Tongabezi and Sindabezi are at the perfect distance from the falls, not too far for a quick trip to see the Mosi-Oa-Tunya, but far enough to enjoy the peaceful sounds of the river without the helicopters circling above. And, with Sindabezi’s new launch site – we bring our guests even closer to the falls.


Tongabezi and Sindabezi invite you to experience the home of the most iconic picnic spots.Whether you’re peacefully sailing the Zambezi on our electric Dhow, enjoying a sundowner on a sandbank or a private island, dining in our vegetable garden with Chef Zuwi, discovering sunsets while dining on a floating sampan, or simply relishing the exclusivity and privacy of your own deck, our team endeavors to spoil your guests with fresh vegetables from our on-site organic garden.


For generations, our team members have become family at Tongabezi, and their future generations have also found a home with us on the Zambezi shores. Many of the delightful faces you’ll encounter with us have also attended the Tongabezi Trust School. With deep roots here, our team members are thrilled to share stories of Livingstone, Zambia, culture, and our home with your guests. And it’s not just your guest’s personal valet who loves sharing tales of our breezy Zambezi, it’s the entire team. Thanks to the gorgeous guests who visit us, we have friends around the globe.


A menu with too much to choose from can sometimes be overwhelming but one with activities instead of food? Well that’s just plain exciting. Tongabezi and Sindabezi offer an extensive range of activities – whether your guest is seeking a tranquil holiday under the African sun or an adventure, our activities manager will craft the perfect itinerary for them. Adrenaline experiences in Livingstone include rafting, microlight flights over Victoria Falls, and bungee jumping. Tongabezi’s inclusive activities span from river sunsets to game drives, island picnics to tiger fishing. And let’s not forget visits to the majestic Victoria Falls and Livingstone Island.

Choose Tongabezi, Sindabezi, and Livingstone Island for your guests’ next adventure. With 34 years of confidence, we assure you they’ll feel right at home with our Zambezi family.

We’ll let our guests do the rest of the talking:


“A memorable and amazing way to start our trip of a life time in Africa to celebrate a 70th Birthday. We were met at Livingstone airport by our Guide/Driver Captain Ronald whose experience, knowledge and friendship helped make our stay extra special. “Memory” (our Butler) with her beautiful smile and attention to detail always provided exceptional service. Our accommodation in Cottage 1 was unbelievable, we overlooked the Zambezi River with the resident Hippos just off the balcony.
Our highlights were: The Sunset Cruise including the Sand Bar cocktails, walking around/Helicopter flight at Victoria Falls, Sunrise and Luncheon Cruise, visiting the local village, visit to Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park to see the White Rhinos, the delicious and beautifully presented meals. The last evening was made special by the staff presenting a cake and singing Happy Birthday. The lodge is to be highly commended on their efforts to be environmentally friendly. We definitely recommend the Tongabezi Lodge and hope to visit again in the future.” – Warren S | TripAdvisor


Perfection on Sindabezi Island: I was lucky enough to spend my 40th birthday at Sindabezi last week. It is a little piece of heaven and like nothing I have experienced before. We loved the serenity and the beautiful environment. We were treated to amazing food and a level of hospitality that was unmatched. The chalet was perfection and complete luxury. The openness of the chalet reminds you that you are in nature in its most pure and untouched form. The sunrise and sunset cruises are a treat! A special thanks to Captain Ronald(his knowledge of the river and the wildlife in the area is beyond impressive), Nyambe, our amazing and most gracious butler, Chef Pearson, Lwembe and Memory for making the trip extra special. No detail is left to chance! I was treated to an amazing birthday dinner on the floating pontoon on the Zambezi River on the evening before we left. The beauty of this place took my breath away and I hope to be back for a visit again soon. Thank you Sindabezi for the memories!” – Candice Linde | TripAdvisor

We will be attending the below trade shows in 2024:

  • Indaba | 14th May, 2024 | Durban, South Africa
  • We Are Africa | 6th May, 2024 | Cape Town, South Africa
  • Experience Africa | 26th June, 2024 | London
  • Africa’s Eden Global Travel Trade Show | 11th November, 2024 |  Namibia, Swakopmund

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