Thorntree River Lodge

Set inside the national park, Thorntree sits on the river, a high-end luxurious lodge with just 8 rooms and 2 family suites- all built on wooden decking, with expansive views of the river as well as its own spa and gym. It is the ultimate comfort at the falls. Not far from the falls themselves here you can go rhino tracking on foot, take game drives and walks in the park as well as learning about the people in the local area and of course discover the river and the Falls.

Experience Rating

Experience Ratings Explained

The star ratings are based on a variety of different criteria.

Namely it is a comparative aspect against the other lodges in this country and/or area. We like to think of this rating as a mix of the accommodation (please do remember just because the rating is lower doesn’t mean it is a bad lodge more that it maybe more of a rustic nature), guiding and wildlife in the area, food, safety and general vibe.

The lower ratings tend to either be due to being a rustic lodge or being in e.g a busy area of the park. This should be used as a general guide but please do contact us for more detail or check out the reasons why we love these lodges.

Fast Facts

Location

Livingstone, Zambia

Rooms

8 standard suites, 2 family suites

Avg. room price

From $570 (ppn)

Great for

Wildlife at the falls and honeymooners

Children welcome

Yes, of all ages

Open

All year round

Ideal length of stay

2-3 days

Fans

Air Conditioning

Wi-fi

Yes (in places)

Lodge Key Features

Lodge

With a Spa, wine cellar, a lounge with DSTV, WiFi, a small gym all at your expense, Thorntree has some beautiful and fun furnishings. Modern and sleek with a focus on the environment the lodge is built into the surrounding trees, with sleek stone, copper and glass finishing’s. Each suite has its own private deck with plunge pool, river views and spacious king-sized beds. All the bathrooms have a deep bath, a large walk in shower and an outdoor shower with sweeping views towards the falls. You would be forgiven to want to forgo an activity to relax in your room.

Location

Being so close to the falls and within the national park there are plenty of activities you can take part in here. From the excitement of visiting the falls, white water rafting, bungee jumps and private river cruises to the more sedate picnic spots on Livingstone Island. You can take game drives in the national park, it is one of the few places in Zambia where you can find rhino. You can also arrange for a guide to take children round the property on nature walks, storytelling, cooking classes and arts and crafts clubs.

Setting

Thorntree also has a high emphasis on conservation and giving back to the surrounding community. With reusable water bottles for guests, solar power at the lodge and a health centre on the outskirts of the city, Thorntree is committed to making its surroundings a better place. They also run several community events and workshops to help the community and the lodge come together and work together to celebrate the local community and cultivate their talents.

Client Reviews

  • Extraordinary luxury with lots to do

    What a beautiful, full-service safari lodge, just 20 km from Victoria Falls or 25 minutes from Livingstone airport. We had just two nights but we wish we could have stayed for 4. Guided tour/escort to the falls (waited while we saw them also from the Zimbabwe side), rhino trek, spa, sunset river cruise, surprise lunch cruise, delicious meals and impeccable service. The villas are decadent and perfectly laid out and stocked with cookies, liquor and amenities. Very romantic, too.

    TracyAP
  • Wonderful Lodge

    Thorntree Lodge is excellent! The location is stunning, right on the river a few miles upriver from the Victoria Falls. The meals were well done. The staff was attentive. They arranged some very nice day trips while we were there. Victoria falls and seeing the Rhinos are a must. Our room was new, large and comfortable. It even had it’s own pool. This is one of the nicest places we have ever stayed in.

    Michael H
  • Luxury bush experience

    This fantastic lodge is in the National Park near the Victoria Falls. You ca visit the falls and the National Park. The guiding is excellent. It is great to do a boat safari or do a rhino tracking walking safari.
    The food is fantastic and the service is great, The rooms are very big with fantastic views. No doubt, this is a real luxury bush lodge.

    michalvanbavel

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