• Location: Zambia
  • Type of Accommodation: Lodge
  • Comfort Level: Comfortable


With its own boat, a temperature-controlled wine cellar and each suite boasting a private plunge pool and an indoor-outdoor bathroom, Thorntree is one of Zambia’s most indulgent and contemporary lodges on the legendary Zambezi River, just upstream from the even more legendary Victoria Falls.

Built from local timber, stone and reeds, Thorntree River Lodge has an eco-conscious design that blurs the line between nature and architecture, 21st-century modernity and African history. Its superb location gives you easy access to all the fun of the Falls – like white-water rafting, bridge swinging, tracking white rhinos and, of course, awe-inspiring vistas of Africa’s most indomitable waterfall – while allowing you peace and tranquillity on the river’s edge.

When you are not out enjoying the greater Zambezi area, relax at the sparkling infinity pool that is set in the wooden deck that has an uninterrupted visual connection to the water. Enjoy nightcaps in the sunken boma and work off the stresses of your ‘real life’ back home in the spa and gym (for those who want to remain in touch, there is Wi-Fi in Thorntree’s small library).

Sundowners on the river is the classic way to end the day and little will compare to sitting back on Thorntree’s private boat, an iced drink in hand, and listening to the cry of an African fish eagle and the comical chortling of nearby hippos as they wallow in the water… 


  • Private boat for river cruises
  • Excellent proximity to Victoria Falls
  • Temperature-controlled wine cellar
  • Private plunge pools
  • Outdoor bathrooms
  • Pool, spa, gym & Wi-Fi

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Thorntree River Lodge has a beautiful wooden deck that has been built facing the Zambezi River, at the same height as the water level. The boma and outdoor relaxation area have been sunk into the wooden deck, which stretches along the front of the lodge. The Infinity pool provides a welcome relief from the heat of the day. For those seeking a bit of pampering, the spa offers soothing massages or choose from a range of treatments. The gym has a variety of equipment and overlooks the river, making each workout even more rewarding. The intimate library has Wi-Fi for your convenience. 

General Facilities

    Laundry service
    Wi-fi available
    Swimming Pool


The dining area is a large, open area that flows into a temperature-controlled wine cellar stocked with fine wines. Contemporary design elements blend with soft lighting and local artwork and the backdrop of the river, creating an exquisite space to sit back and enjoy delicious meals. Weather permitting, meals are also served on the deck, near the river where hippos and antelope frequently visit. 

Standard Room

Thorntree River Lodge is a small, more intimate establishment with just eight twin rooms and two family units. All have their own indoor and outdoor bathrooms as well as a private plunge pool overlooking the lush riverine vegetation. Each room is a haven of tranquillity, representing an oasis from the bustle of modern life. Extensive, wooden bathrooms with large tubs you to linger. All rooms have their own plug points, meaning you can charge your devices in your own suite.

Other rooms

The family rooms at Thorntree River Lodge consist of two family units with four beds in each, ideal for parents and children.

Standard Room AMENITIES

    En-suite bathroom
    Private pool


  • Day tours
  • Fishing
  • Local village visits
  • Sunset cruises
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Jul 2017 - 31 Oct 2017 €515 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Nov 2017 - 30 Nov 2017 €515 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 €515 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Jan 2018 - 31 Mar 2018 €515 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Apr 2018 - 30 Jun 2018 €615 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Jul 2018 - 31 Oct 2018 €665 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Nov 2018 - 30 Nov 2018 €615 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Dec 2018 - 31 Dec 2018 €515 Fully Inclusive Plus

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

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Liesel van Zyl

Liesel van Zyl

Product Manager

"I just love any lodge on this mighty river, but Thorntree is a place I can imagine easily spending a few days relaxing; the rooms are just so inviting with their outdoor showers, plunge pools & continental breakfast trays served on your private deck, I think a book and bubbles after a busy safari is the way to do it here!"



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