On our arrival into Livingstone we were met and driven out of town to a lovely lodge called Tongabezi, right on the Zambezi River, where we were welcomed with a delicious lunch and drinks by the water on the terrace. After lunch we were then transferred by small motorboat to their exclusive island lodge nearby called Sindabezi that sits in the middle of the river between the banks of Zambia and Zimbabwe. It felt just like an eco beach resort in a way, rather than an African lodge, until later that day when we heard the hippos…. This is not for the faint hearted as the five thatched cottages all overlook the water and are open to the elements, but we just loved every minute. Being only two of four people staying on the island at that time was superb, totally private, great service, private dining in the evening by lantern light in the treehouse on a platform, and our own guide and boat for game viewing along the river banks. We had a resident hippo and crocodile near our cottage that kept us awake during the night with excitement not fear, and the few steps to the toilet after dark with a torch was an experience, whereas it was certainly a ’loo with a view’ during daylight hours!
We were up before dawn for a ‘sunrise’ wildlife and water safari. This was really special as the bird life was spectacular and the Zambezi was looking so tranquil and serene on the surface but you knew what could be lurking underneath!
This is definitely a place that we would recommend for those looking for that raw bush experience but with all the ‘mod cons’ in comfort and relative luxury, or a complete getaway from it all. The outdoor shower, open fronted cottages and open fronted loo all looking out over the Zambezi could be quite confronting for first time visitors to Africa or nervous individuals, but so exciting for the more adventurous. We loved it!
If you are visiting this area between August and March when water levels are usually lower, you must take a guided trip to the tiny Livingstone Island that sits right on the very edge above the Victoria Falls themselves. It was named after the explorer Dr David Livingstone who first witnessed the magnificent Falls from this spot in November 1855. Here the more adventurous and brave can swim in either the ‘Angel’s Armchair’ or ‘The Devil’s Pool’ right at the top of the waterfall itself!