Toka Leya Camp

Reviews of Toka Leya Camp

Good(88%) From 22 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 22 of our travellers who have visited Toka Leya Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs J - Surrey
Arrived on: 6-Jun-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Returning to civilisation at Toka Leya

At our final camp, we felt this had more of a 'hotel' feel. After 10 days without WiFi, telecoms, shops it was nice to arrive back into civilisation and get ready for the return home. Toka Leya had slick organisation of their activities and we added on a Bridge Tour to the Victoria Falls trip - which was well worth the extra so would recommend that.,

The dining room was very cold at night when we were there. The shop missed a trick by not stocking the butter dishes and salt and pepper bowls which were on the restaurant tables. Everyone admired them but the shop didn't sell them. They could do a roaring trade if they did as the items in the shop weren't really things we wanted to buy.

Spa was nice and we had a hippo outside our balcony for quite a while - great photo opportunity.

I took a slice of lemon and ginger from restaurant tea service area to my room one evening and was very pleasantly surprised the next day to see that the room boy had noticed my preference and replaced this with a whole lemon and piece of ginger for me. Nice touch - also presents on bed each evening.

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Mrs B from Leics
Arrived on: 24-Jul-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Toka Leya Camp review

Food was excellent and the bedrooms and facilities first rate.

Staff were very friendly and very attentive and really made us feel welcome and that they could not do enough to make our stay as special and pleasureable as possible.

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Dr & Mrs W from Leics
Arrived on: 24-Jul-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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tracked a white rhino on foot

Good start to our holiday. Evening boat trip. Following day Victoria falls and the white rhino. The lodge even organised a fishing trip as well.

Not much game but that was not our aim at this lodge. Sound of the river and the hippo's at night sent us to sleep.

Two nights was about right.

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Mr & Ms S - Surrey
Arrived on: 26-May-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Very flexible, great meals and our only rhino

We didn't stay at Siankaba. They were flooded - and Expert Africa changed the booking about a week before our departure (and the change was well-handled). We stayed at Toka Leya instead.

Toka Leya was a very pleasant camp, with an up-market feel (that can be both a good and a bad thing). The food was excellent, with a choice of menus and timings to suit. The rhinoceros sighting was a game highlight - but our Land Rover herding baboons and warthogs was also amusing. Victoria Falls is the headline attraction - and well worth it. But the highlight was the local village and children - your heart will melt.

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Expert Africa comments

This traveller has put some great pictures taken in and (mostly) around Toka Leya on Flickr – click here to see them. Many include people from the local community.

Mr & Mrs W from Bedfordshire
Arrived on: 24-Mar-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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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.

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Mr G and Ms N from London
Arrived on: 24-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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.

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Mr & Mrs R from London
Arrived on: 12-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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.

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Mrs O - Vancouver
Arrived on: 20-May-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Toka Leya

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.

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Ms B & Mr S - Aberdeen
Arrived on: 9-Mar-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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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.

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A's and B's from Essex
Arrived on: 30-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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

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