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Thorntree River Lodge FAQs

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We are delighted to announce the launch of Thorntree River Lodge, the fabulous new addition to the African Bush Camps portfolio. Thorntree River Lodge opens in May 2017 on the shores of the Zambezi River within the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. In the local dialect, Mosi-Oa-Tunya means ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ in reference to the mighty Victoria Falls which borders the park. The park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, covers 66 km2 (25 sq mi) and lies along some of the most pristine and unexplored river frontage along the Zambezi.

Below you will find some more information on Victoria Falls, activities, lodge, rates and introductory offer as well as logistics to and from Thorntree River Lodge:



In the local dialect, Mosi-Oa-Tunya means ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ in reference to the mighty Victoria Falls which borders the park. Situated along the upper Zambezi River in Zambia, Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park extends for 12km up the Zambezi River above Victoria Falls. The park boasts a beautiful variety of plants and trees including tall riverine forests with palm trees, miombo woodland and grassland. The park is home to a variety of birds and animals, including 35 species of raptors (such as Taita falcon, black eagle, peregrine falcon and augur buzzard), Grant's zebra, warthog, sable, eland, impala and white rhino. Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park forms the South-Western boundary of the city of Livingstone and lies adjacent to the immense and awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, which is the world’s largest curtain of falling water.


thorntree FAQs The romantic lodge is situated within 20 minutes from the famous UNESCO Heritage Site, Victoria Falls




Thorntree River Lodge is being built with an environmentally-conscious design. Drawing inspiration from local customs and culture, it is a modern contemporary design with tented roof structures to maintain the feel of authentic Africa. The lodge will boast 8 double suites and 2 family suites, comprising of 4 beds each. Each suite, overlooking its own stretch of pristine river frontage, will have its own indoor and outdoor bathrooms, as well as a luxurious private plunge pool. The main lodge consists of a lounge with an open dining area, where the fine dining experience of African cuisine will come to life. The dining room flows into a private, temperature controlled wine cellar stocked with the finest wines. There is a gym, spa and a small library with WIFI for our guests’ convenience. The communal deck is set on the edge of the stunning riverside, and is home to a sunken boma area and an infinity pool. Wooden decking floats on the edge of the river, and moves with the water level to create the illusion of sailing a boat, and help to achieve a seamless feel between river and land.

Watch this video with Tenthouse Structures explaining some of the behind the scenes details about Thorntree River Lodge.

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-Game drives through the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park

-A privately guided tour of the iconic Victoria Falls, situated a short drive away from Thorntree River Lodge (including the Zimbabwean side during low water season)

-Rhino tracking on foot in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park

-A scenic riverside nature walk

-Sunrise and sunset boat cruises on our fleet our private river boats which offer superb river based game viewing possibilities

-Catch and release fishing for the quintessential Zambezi species- bream and tiger fish

-Canoe trips, including a picnic lunch on a private island in the middle of the Zambezi

-Cultural & village tour which also encompasses the Maramba Market and the Mukuni crafts market

-A tour of the Livingstone Museum, Zambia’s largest and oldest museum. It includes exhibits of artefacts related to local history and prehistory, including photographs, musical instruments, and possessions of David Livingstone, the famous explorer and missionary.

-Cooking classes with our innovative chef

-Spa treatments (not inclusive in the rate)

-The Ngwana Club, "Ngwana" meaning "explorer" in Setswana, which incorporates activities such as nature walks, animal tracking, mud sculpting, fishing and many other fun, engaging and educational pursuits designed specifically for our younger guests 



Flying to Livigngsone 

Thorntree River Lodge offers complimentary airport transfers between the lodge and Livingstone Airport.

Direct flights Johannesburg – Livingstone


Direct flights Nelspruit – Livingstone

To combine Sabi Sands/ The Falls

  • South African Airways


Direct flights Cape Town – Livingstone – Nairobi via Kenya Airways

To combine Cape Town/ The Falls/ Kenyan Safaris


Flying to Victoria Falls
Complementary road transfer from Vic Falls Airport, operated by Safari Logistics, when combining with other African Bush Camps properties.



saf log for thorn faq Safari Logistics Aircrafts



For ease of access to both Zambia and Zimbabwe, we advise all guests to buy a KAZA UNIVISA. The KAZA UNIVISA costs USD50 at the port of entry. The visa is valid for 30 days as long as you remain in Zimbabwe or Zambia, and clients can cross into Zimbabwe/Zambia as frequently as they like within the 30-day period. (If the UNIVISA is obtained at Victoria Falls and you cross over to Zimbabwe at Kariba or Chirundu or vice versa the visa would be valid)

More information about the KAZA UNIVISA can be found here.

On our Agent Reserve you will find:

  • African Bush Camps 2017 Brochure – updated with Thorntree River Lodge fact sheets
  • A limited number of pictures - the camp is still under construction in preparation for the initial opening in May, but as soon as the camp is ready to be photographed we will add more pictures.

Please contact your dedicated reservations consultant to make a booking at the beautiful Thorntree River Lodge.


Find more information about the Constructions Site Inspection here.