Reviews of Toka Leya Camp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
22 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Toka Leya Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Toka Leya Camp review"
The room was fantastic apart from the blinds which were a nightmare to operate.
The food was average with limited choice on the lunch and dinner menus.
It was difficult to relax as we were constantly being asked what activity we wanted to go on. It was if if the staff expected you to want to go on every activity offered and could not understand when we refused.
The staff made a big thing of wanting to know what time you wanted a wake up call, what time you wanted breakfast, what time you wanted lunch, make your dinner choice at 3.30pm. It was all too regimented.
However, the staff were excellent and Steven and Helen on the front desk went out of their way to help me when I had an insect in my ear.
One very strange aspect was that we were not given the wifi password but had to give our devices to the staff who entered the password for us.
Also the pool was pretty murky for the duration of our stay.
if we returned to Livingstone I am certain we would look at other hotels/lodges before Toka Leya" See all these reviews: 16n in Zambia
"Fabulous location along the Zambezi"
"Activities surpassed expectations"
I had a great guide in Histon, and I enjoyed both an early morning boat excursion, as well as a sunset cruise. On both occasions we saw much wildlife (and close up), including impala coming down to drink, numerous elephants - bathing, a matriarchal herd with young ones taking a drink, enormous crocodiles, warthogs relaxing on the river bank, plus a large variety of birds, my particular favourite being the nesting bee-eaters. So much more than I expected, and with Histon’s great skill at manoeuvring the boat, I was able to take some fantastic photos.
Breakfast was served from 7-10am. On both mornings I didn’t take breakfast until 9am, and I found the pastries/muffins to be extremely dry, as if they had been left out on the buffet table (uncovered) for the past two hours since service began. Also the range of food offered at breakfast was slightly disappointing given the location; we were not offered anything different to that provided at the remotest of safari camps.
Overall I would rate the camp as very good, not quite excellent on all fronts, so 4.5 stars it is." See all these reviews: 8n in Zambia; 7n in Botswana; 5n in Tanzania; 1n in South Africa
"good choice with lovely staff"
Lovely staff and great spot covering mini safaris, river and The Falls. Highly recommended." See all these reviews: 7n in Botswana; 3n in Zambia
The accommodation was the best we have ever stayed in." See all these reviews: 3n in Zambia
"Toka Leya review"
Game drives were comparatively 'tame' although we enjoyed the walking safari to the white rhino project. Boats trips on the Zambezi were fun, and of course Vic Falls was very impressive, even though not much water at this time of year.
Good place to spend a couple of days." See all these reviews: 9n in Botswana; 2n in Zambia
"Toka Leya Camp review"
The staff were very friendly. We bought souvenirs from the camp shop because they were reasonably priced. We enjoyed the activities on offer, like fishing, a game drive and a boat trip.
Our highlight was the visit to the Victoria Falls, even though the volume of water was low.
Godfrey and Histon were our guides. Histon gave us a tour of the environmental site that the camp is nurturing; a water re-cycling plant, solar panels and growing indigenous trees from seed and planting them in the area." See all these reviews: 9n in Zambia
"Toka Leya and the Victoria Falls"
Lovely setting on the Zambezi but the river was busy with tourist steamers. Beautifully laid out sitting and dining areas and first class meals, even breakfast was more leisurely as we didn't have to get up at 5 a.m. but we missed the camp-fire of the more remote camps.
Our visit to the Victoria Falls was an interesting experience as we decided to start on the Zimbawean side which entailed crossing the borders with extra visa costs and form filling in both directions. We were well escorted throughout and had an excellent Wilderness guide to visit the Falls. Even though the water is at its lowest in October the Falls were impressive and we were glad to have viewed them from the Zimbawean side in spite of the extra cost.
We also went to see the rare White Rhino in a protected park near Toka Leya: a family of one male, 2 females and two young calves. We also chose to visit the town of Livingstone and its museum (the best part being at the end of the visit: the political history of Zambia through photos and newspaper cuttings).
The managers were very helpful and the staff and guides excellent." See all these reviews: 12n in Zambia; 9n in Botswana
"Toka Leya and Vic Falls"
Toka Leya was also very good at arranging different activities organized by the camp, as well as outside activities. I was very impressed by this. They have tremendous knowledge of different activities that tourists can do in Livingstone and around Vic Falls and were very good at organizing days to make sure that guests get the most of their time there. It was a very nice stay." See all these reviews: 9n in Botswana; 9n in Zambia
"Great stay at Toka Leya"
The camp seemed a bit more like a hotel than our previous bush camps and guests ate at separate tables rather than all together. However we met up with a couple we knew from a previous camp so the staff were quite happy to seat us together for meals." See all these reviews: 8n in Botswana; 3n in Zambia
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Avani Victoria Falls
Just a few minutes' walk from the Victoria Falls, with access for guests included, the Avani features good facilities in peaceful grounds at a modest price.
Royal Livingstone Hotel
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Islands of Siankaba
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Offering great value for money and within easy reach of the Victoria Falls, Waterberry is a small, family-friendly lodge on the banks of the Zambezi River.
Stanley Safari Lodge
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The River Club
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David Livingstone Lodge
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Thorntree River Lodge
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Sussi & Chuma
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