Thorntree River Lodge

Reviews of Thorntree River Lodge

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Below are independent comments from 3 of our travellers who have visited Thorntree River Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Carol M from Illinois
Arrived on: 12-Nov-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Elegance Personified -- That's Thorntree!

Everything about Thorntree is so polished and, to me, seemed just right. My stylish villa (No. 2), the exquisite food, the well-trained staff, the perfect setting, amenities galore, the activities on offer.... To put it mildly, the three days I spent there couldn't have been more relaxing, more comfortable or more fun.

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.

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Mrs M. from London
Arrived on: 1-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Fantastic Thorntree

Perfect end to the trip. The location is superb and the lodge is modern and stylish.

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.

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Mrs H from Kigali
Arrived on: 6-Apr-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Absolute luxury

Thorntree - wow! The lodge is only 10 months old so is very new and sparkly! The lodge is set out along the river with teh rooms right on the water front (in the rainy season). Each room is very spacious with a separate dressing area, bath, shower and bar and a huge, comfortable bed with lounge. Outside you have a priovate terrace with sofas, sunlounders, and a private pool. For families, some room inter-connect via a corridor which was excellent for us and our two boys.

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.

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