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Thorntree River Lodge is one of Zambia’s most 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. 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 with a massage. 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…

Visit Maunga Village to see the wonderful improvements made by Go2Africa and the African Bushcamps Foundation and don't forget to include a learning pack for a child in your check out basket at the local curio store. For every guest that stays at Thorntree River Lodge, Go2Africa will make a special donation to this village to further the impact we want to make.


  • Excellent proximity to Zambian side Victoria Falls
  • Outdoor showers so you can truly immerse yourself in nature
  • Wonderful family of staff where every day is tailored to your needs
  • Sunset boat cruises, fishing and kayaking
  • Travel with a purpose and visit Maunga Village to see the positive impact made by Go2Africa and the African Bushcamps Foundation
  • Delicious 3 course al fresco meals paired with some of the best South African wines
  • Relax under the trees, in your private plunge pool or with a massage


  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Game drives
  • River cruises
Thorntree offers exceptional service from a wonderful team. The trees have grown beautifully since I was last there for the opening, providing pools of shade. The riverfront views from the communal deck or your own private suite are a welcome respite after a busy safari, it's one of my favorite lodges in Africa! We also spent a morning at Maunga Village, helping with the school feeding program and painting the newly built ablutions and renovated classrooms - an absolute privilege!
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Standard Suite

The Standard Suites are the epitome of safari luxury. Each has its own indoor and outdoor bathrooms, as well as a private plunge pool with awe-inspiring views of the surrounding African wilds. The tents have comfortable beds, and en-suite bathrooms with flush toilets, fixed showers and hot water.

Interleading Luxury Suite

Thorntree comprises of 2 Interleading Luxury Suites with inter-leading walkways between the parents and children’s rooms which are both en-suite. Each has its own indoor and outdoor bathrooms, as well as a luxurious private plunge pool.


Thorntree River Lodge has several 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, but keeping the chill areas digital free.

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 various dining areas are large, open areas that flow with a walled wine collection stocked with fine wines on one side. 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. Gin and tonics or cappuccinos 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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