Reviews of Toka Leya Camp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Different - not quite our style
Our least favourite camp and quite different to the other camps in Botswana.
The camp was geared to a different style of visitor - mainly coming to see the Victoria Falls with many from North America. The game viewing was rather tame after the other camps but the birding was good and the river trips were interesting.
The dining arrangements were more those of a good hotel rather than a safari camp although service at lunch was pretty slow.
Airconditioned rooms came as a bit of a surprise.
The perfect start to a safari
Toka Leya s location inside the mosi o tunya np is the ideal first camp for a southern african safari.The stunning Zamezi riverside location gives you the feeling of being immersed in the bush yet you are close to livingstone and the falls. There is plenty of local wildlife ( both elephant and rhino were around and in camp during our stay) Plenty of worthwhile activities with good equipment and equally good guides ( we had Amon ) for those that want activity - yet comfortable tents and camp facilities for those that just want to rest.
The river and game drives are ideal introductions to what the bush has to offer and the three wild dog that seem to have made mosi o tunya their home for the moment add a bit of spice to game drives.
The camp is well run and friendly. The food was excellent.The staff went out of their way to make what ever you wanted happen.
Toka Leya Camp review
Different "feel" to the RPS camps.
Much newer, so doesn't have the "well worn" feeling of the RPS style we liked so much. On the other hand, it's more luxurious; while being just a little less characterful.
But warm and genuine service, a super location by the river, and excellent facilities.
Toka Leya - nice location but lacked that special touch that good management brings.
Manager was new and perhaps will get more in stride with time.
G and Ts on the Zambezi
A fantastic setting and welcoming, caring staff. Friendly Brian, our guide for the boatride and next day's visit to the Falls, made us at home. Big airy rooms with river views. Note that I said rooms. Here I felt that it was run as a hotel despite the tents.
Brian was very interested in birds and was happy to 'put in' at any spot on the river where we caught up some species. We loved the small boatride and looked down our noses a bit at the booze cruisers; we could sip gin and sit alongside the Carmine Bee-eaters.
We enjoyed the food and again ate en-famille. It might have been nice to introduce everyone first though. But with us all having had such wonderful experiences, conversation soon flowed as quickly as the wine.
The visit to the Falls was breath-taking and Brian knew all the good sites for the photos.
Toka Leya Camp review
Beautiful new camp in lovely setting by the Zambesi. Very helpful guides and staff although they still seem to be experiencing minor teething problems.
The chalets are beautiful but are a triumph of form over function. The back of the chalets need much more light, the bedside tables are outside the mosquito nets and it has an overly complicated air-conditioning unit with no instructions.
However, a great place to stay when compared with the normal Livingstone hotels with beautiful big beds, geat views and privacy.
The trips down the Zambesi were a highlight
Toka Leya Camp review
A new luxurious camp whose activities are not particularly well organised.
The food is OK but covered in too much sauce. No game on the menu.
Proximity to Vic falls was the reason for us choosing it. Beware of the high visa costs in both directions and a previously unknown guide fee if you go to the more spectacular Zimbabwe side. $55 to Zim and £75 to return to Zambia.
Expert Africa comments
Just to clarify, this traveller likes to eat game meat, and the comment about ‘no game on the menu’ is a littoral one. See their review of Chobe Game Lodge, where they did eventually find some on the menu!
Toko Laya Safari Camp
A well set-up main camp. Very well located in the safari park and within easy reach of Livingstone and the Victoria Falls for all the required local activities and the camp is very well organised at setting alll these up.
As the park is near Livingstone the safari experince is a little tame with no cats being present in the park at all. But this is partially offset by the camps location on the banks of the Zambesi and also offering river boat rides towards the falls, but be wary of going too far down river to then be mixing with the evening booze crusies of teh larger boats. An excelent choice due to it's location and what it offers in the way of activities.
Having been only open since May they have done very well to reach this standard in such a short time which is a tribute to some of the good guides and staff they have brought on board. The experienced guides are a bit wasted on the boat rides and drives due to the sparse nature of the game but do try and get them out on a game walk, despite the lack of game/birds to count, you'll then experince some of the knowledge they can pass on when encouraged.