Tangala House is a great place for families.
Tangala House: Our full report
Tangala House is the private home of Ben Parker, one of Tongabezi's founders, his wife Vanessa, who works closely with the local schools in the area, and their young family. It stands on the banks of the Zambezi River, near to Tongabezi Lodge, about 15km upstream from the Victoria Falls.
The house has been designed with style; it's large and completely furnished. In fact, staying here is staying in a real home – complete with the children's toys, books, and a fully-equipped kitchen.
Tangala House sleeps eight people comfortably, and makes an ideal stay for a family holiday. It has four bedrooms. Three of these are en suite, there's also a bathroom, a separate loo, a spacious kitchen/dining room, a children's playroom, a large living room opening onto a thatch veranda, a snuggery with fireplace and a 12m swimming pool.
Tangala comes fully serviced and staffed by team members from Tongabezi Lodge – including a chef and an experiences guide with a 4WD for excursions in the Livingstone area.
The house is ideal for families. It has glass windows all round and was designed to keep insects out! Staying here you'll often see elephant drinking from the opposite side of the river, as well as crocodiles and hippopotamus in the river. It's a great spot for birdwatching; so far they've noted over 145 species just from their kitchen window!
If you're planning a family safari, then in addition to Tangala House you might also consider including a trip to Zambia's other 'houses' which have been designed with families in mind. In the South Luangwa National Park, Robin Pope Safaris run the Robin's House and the Luangwa Safari House - both of which work very well for families or small groups.
For something completely different, families can have the old stately home at Shiwa Ng'andu largely to themselves – and a whole range of activities from game drives and horse-riding to archaeology projects are possible there!
Meanwhile, in the Lower Zambezi National Park, the spectacular Chongwe River House, was designed from scratch with families and small groups in mind.
Ideal length of stay: Note there's a minimum 3-night stay here; we'd recommend 4-5 days as ideal - including time just to relax!
Owner: Independent / Owner Run
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Dining style: Group Meals
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included
Family holidays: Tangala is purpose-built as a real family house – so for a family safari including Victoria Falls, it's ideal. This luxurious home has four bedrooms, including three en-suite bathrooms, a children's playroom, a spacious kitchen-dining room and a private 12m pool. It has been built with glass throughout, to keep out insects, and comes with its own small team of staff – backed up by the resources of the excellent nearby Tongabezi Lodge.See more ideas for Family holidays in Zambia
Birdwatching: Tangala has its own nice, quiet spot on the Zambezi to make for excellent and fairly undisturbed bird-watching; the boat trips from here are excellent alsoSee more ideas for Birdwatching in Zambia
Private villas & houses: The stylish Tangala House is a lovely private house in Zambia’s Victoria Falls area that feels like a home – hosting up to eight guests. Expect excellent service from your private staff and enjoy activities like trips to the Falls or exploring the wildlife area near Livingstone in a 4WD.See more ideas for Private villas & houses in Zambia
Generally recommended for children: Yes
Notes: A real family home - and a large and stylish one at that!
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Dangerous animals: High Risk
Laundry facilities: Full Laundry Service - Included