Reviews of Thorntree River Lodge
Wildlife sightings and reviews
6 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Thorntree River Lodge and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Thorntree River Lodge review"
It has a fabulous position right on the bank of the Zambezi River. Your dining table was either on the river (on a pontoon deck) or at the very edge in the dining area. They had excellent relaxation lounges in the public area and a good library.
The chalet was newly built, well designed, spacious and with a plunge pool and deck at the very edge of the river. The food was excellent and served very much at your convenience. Although we were not visiting for any game viewing, we did one trip less than 30 minutes away to see a herd of White Rhinos were the wardens accompanied us to within a few metres of the animals (a real treat).
Setting alongside the mighty Zambezi at sunset well fed and G&T in hand and gazing at one of nature's grandest sights is definitely the way to end two weeks in the bush searching out the magnificant wildlife --- a pinch-me moment!" See all these reviews: 9n in Botswana; 6n in Zambia
"Gorgeous Thorntree River Lodge"
External areas are breathtaking with incredible views of the river and the "smoke" from the falls in the distance
All staff are super friendly and helpful and always on hand to help with anything large or small! We left a phone in a cab, needed a physio and a shirt taking in - none of it a problem !
We had organised some of our own activities before we arrived but the activities on site were great too, Rhino walk, game drive, river cruise & Falls tour.
Food plentiful & good quality
All in all a fantastic Lodge would highly recommend - thank you!" See all these reviews: 7n in Zambia
"Thorntree River Lodge was a restful last stop"
"Elegance Personified -- That's Thorntree!"
Kudos, first of all, to the designer of the villas, which feature plenty of storage space, stunning original artwork and views to die for. I greatly appreciated the well-stocked fridge, the splendid private infinity pool, the lounge/sitting area in its own little alcove set off from my sleeping quarters and the immense deck overlooking the mighty Zambezi River.
Meals are served "private dining" style rather than at a large, common table for all the guests and, as I was travelling by myself, I might have felt pretty lonely having three meals a day for three days without company. That didn't happen at Thorntree because members of the staff kindly asked if they could join me for lunch and dinner, and I very much enjoyed talking and spending time with them.
The sunset cruises on the river were glorious, and I also did a morning cruise in search of Skimmers, which we did indeed find. I had two fantastic guides: Quentino, who took me around Livingstone and to visit friends I have there, and Obby One, who piloted me up and down the Zambezi and accompanied me on a nature walk. Many thanks to both of these talented men and to the entire Thorntree staff, in particular lodge hostess Victoria and the incomparable lodge manager Dumi." See all these reviews: 11n in Zimbabwe; 10n in Zambia; 7n in Malawi
We couldn't get tired of the views from our room or communal areas. The rooms are truly luxurious.
Meals were a treat as much for the food as the setting. Lot of attention to detail.
Really enjoyable stay with just the right mix of activities and relaxation. The guest is king and it's wonderful." See all these reviews: 12n in Botswana; 4n in Zambia
Your every need is catered for and included in the cost (except spa and a few external actvities). You have a personal staff member for your needs during the stay. The food is excellent and the decor impeccable. The wine pairing was always spot on (although I'm not a wine buff!).
We did the rhino walk, drices in the Mosi-oa-Yunya park and boat trips along the river and enjoyed each activity. There was plenty of time in between to relax in your room, a the spa or in the main area, which also has an infinity pool. Hippos can be seen (and heard!) from the lodge and beware of teh monkeys - one of which stole some of my son'd lunch right off his plate!
Wifi is avialable only in a small library which suits some (like us!) but maybe not others. The lodge has quite an adult feel to it and, although the staff were more than welcoming and accommodating of our 4 and 6 year olds, I'm not sure all the other guests were happy that small children were around at meal times. We were not the only ones with small kids (there was one other family) and some older children were also there during our stay. The rooms do allow you to keep yourself to yourself as much as you want to, though and our kids used the private pool in our room rahter than the communal one.
It was a very luxurious stay at Throntree and we would highly recommend it to anyone." See all these reviews: 7n in Zambia
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