Sindabezi is a small island in the middle of the Zambezi River, just west of Victoria Falls.
Sindabezi: Our full report
On a private island in the middle of the Zambezi, Sindabezi offers barefoot luxury just a stones throw from Zimbabwe. With a strong focus on sustainability and the environment, it’s a rustic and remote property that still allows you to visit the Victoria Falls.
A sister property of the more substantial Tongabezi, Sindabezi is reached by a 2km boat or canoe trip downriver from this main property.
Rebuilt in 2009, Sindabezi’s five beautiful en-suite chalets are set up on stilts a foot above the ground. The island is heavily with the chalets privately nestled between the trees which, combined with the sandy paths connecting them to the main area, make them feel very blended in with the environment. All the chalets have open fronts facing the river, a sundeck, a hot outdoor shower, canopied bed and a loo with a view, allowing the feeling of being close to nature and the environment to continue inside the chalets.
That’s not to say that the chalets are basic though. The good quality furniture is constructed from solid, polished wood, and the fixtures in the bathrooms include copper washbasins, lending a feeling of old world luxury. Two of the chalets, the honeymoon chalets also have claw-footed baths out on the deck, and one even has its own section of private beach.
The central dining area is also raised on stilts with completely open sides. It’s decorated with colonial antiques and comfy furniture, and maintains a smart but relaxed atmosphere. A short distance away a firepit is dug into the sand, enhancing the properties safari lodge atmosphere, and an elevated wooden platform is a wonderful spot to combine afternoon tea with some birdwatching.
Sindabezi offers all the activities available at the main Tongabezi Lodge, but with an added 20-minute boat transfer to and from the island. While the trip is scenic, and almost an activity in itself, this can be inconvenient for visiting the Victoria Falls (an additional 30 minute drive from Tongabezi) or other activities on the mainland. Game is often spotted on the banks opposite the island though, and the island is home to a plethora of birdlife (and often a locally known hippo who likes to sleep behind Sindabezi’s kitchen), which means that the most enojoyable activities can be exploring Sindabezi Island and the surrounding river channels with the camps guide.
Our viewSindabezi manages to keep the high quality and exception service of Tongabezi despite its unique location in the middle of the Zambezi. It has a more rustic, low key feeling to it than Tongabezi, with its style much closer to that of a safari lodge. It’s location makes it a bit trickier to visit the Falls and take part in activities on the mainland, but if you are looking to relax in natural settings at the end of your safari, then it would be tough to find a better spot.
Directions: To access Sindabezi you will be transported 40 minutes by road from Livingstone Airport/Kasane by road to Tongabezi, followed by a 20 minute boat transfer to Sindabezi.
Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Food quality: We were unable to sample the food on our last visit to Sindabezi, but the quality of the food at its sister lodge Tongabezi has always been excellent.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Outdoor Dining
Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included
Drinks included: Soft drinks, bottled water, spirits, local beers and a selection of (generally) South African wines are included. Imported wines and spirits and Champagne cost extra – and may need to be requested in advance.
Honeymoons: For an exclusive and relaxing Zambia honeymoon, spend some time at the idyllic private island of Sindabezi. The Honeymoon chalet is privately situated at the end of the island, with a lovely outside bath big enough for two, and the staff will make a big effort to spoil you!See more ideas for Honeymoons in Zambia
Attitude towards children: Children of 14 and older are welcome at Sindabezi
Property’s age restrictions: Minimum age of 14
Generally recommended for children: No
Notes: Sindabezi sits in an island in the middle of the Zambezi so there is no shortage of large crocodile and hippo which often come out onto the banks around the camp. The river also flows very quickly around the island. The island also has a very mature, peaceful atmosphere to it. With all of these factors taken into mind, we would only suggest Tongabezi for children aged 16+
Power supply: Solar Power
Power supply notes: The rooms have solar lighting, and there are plug sockets in the room for charing electronics.
Communications: There is mobile reception on the islands, but no other forms of communication.
TV & radio: None.
Water supply: Transported in
Water supply notes: Drinking water is transported in from Tongabezi.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Medical care: The nearest doctor is in Livingstone, a 20 minute boat journey and a 30 minute drive away.
Dangerous animals: High Risk
Security measures: Each room has an individual digital safe, and there is a night watchman present on the island.
Fire safety: Fire extinguishers are positioned throughout the lodge.
Disabled access: Not Possible
Laundry facilities: Full Laundry Service - Included