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With its own boat, a temperature-controlled wine collection 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 reclaimed railway sleeper wood, Thorntree River Lodge has an eco-conscious design that blurs the line between nature and 21-century modernity. Touches of blue give it a very relaxed atmosphere. Its superb location gives you easy access to all the fun of the Falls – like sunset cruises, kayaking, nature walks, 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 (or even better, at your own private pool). Enjoy nightcaps at the fire pit in the sunken boma or on the floating deck and work off the stresses of your ‘real life’ back home in the spa and gym. Children can join the Ngwana Club to learn more about nature during their time at Thorntree River Lodge.

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 sunset river cruises on the Zambezi
  • Excellent proximity to Zambian side Victoria Falls
  • Temperature-controlled wine collection
  • Private plunge pools to cool off during summer
  • Outdoor showers so you can truly immerse yourself in nature
  • Communal infinity swimming pool, spa, gym and Wi-Fi connection


  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Game drives
  • River cruises
'Set on the banks of the Zambezi River, in Mosi-oa-Tunya Park in Victoria Falls, this authentic and rustic lodge provides an intimate and exclusive wilderness experience, with friendly and engaging staff.'
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Thorntree River Lodge has a beautiful wooden deck that has been built facing the Zambezi River. The 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, making each workout even more rewarding. The intimate library has Wi-Fi and a television set for your convenience.

The Ngwana Club - taken from the Tswana word for 'explorer' - can keep children educated and entertained through visits to nearby villages, guided nature walks, introductions to basic conservation principles and boating excursions. Kids can also exercise their creativity by building their own pizzas and making jewellery.


The dining area is a large, open area that flows onto a walled wine collection 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 frequently visit.

General facilities

  • Bar
  • Child friendly
  • Curio or Gift shop
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Plunge pool
  • Private balcony or deck
  • Restaurant
  • Wine cellar
  • Wi-fi available
  • Boma
  • Swimming Pool


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Dates Board Price
2022-06-01 — 2022-10-31 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $1,150
2022-11-01 — 2022-11-30 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $830
2022-12-01 — 2022-12-31 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $695
2023-01-01 — 2023-03-31 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $690
2023-04-01 — 2023-05-31 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $840
2023-06-01 — 2023-10-31 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $1,185
2023-11-01 — 2023-11-30 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $840
2023-12-01 — 2023-12-31 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $690

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