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Victoria Falls on the Zambian or Zimbabwean Side?

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Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and found on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It's neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, but it's classified as the largest, because of the combined width and height This makes it the world's largest sheet of falling water. 

 

Thorntree River Lodge is found in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia, offering a tranquil escape away from the hustle and bustle of adventure activities and foot traffic at the falls. We offer a visit to the Zambian side of the falls included in our rate.   We offer a visit to the Zambian side of the falls included in our rate. We have an exclusive special running to celebrate Thorntree opening again; anyone who books between now and March, for travel in 2021, will receive a free spa treatment, for more details see here

The beauty of this place is that each season offers something for everyone from the adventure junkie to the lodge dweller, depending on what you want to do, each season offers something new and exciting. 

Why Zambia over Zimbabwe? 

karen and Karen2Karen Miller and Karen Peterson on the Zambian side of the Falls

Zambia offers more opportunity to stay on a serene slice of the Zambezi River. During Zimbabwe's economic crisis, Zambia received a great tourism boost and therefore offered more opportunity to stay right on the riverfront. This means the Zambian side of the Falls is associated with luxury & tranquilityThorntree is perfect for the pool lounger and the adventure seeker. Either way, you get to indulge your senses and relish in the luxuries that this incredible lodge has to offer. Easily accessible from both Livingstone and Victoria Falls Airports, this lodge has an endless list of activities on offer for your next holiday: 

Included Activities 

  • A visit to the iconic Victoria Falls 
  • Exclusive rhino tracking along with anti-poaching units 
  • Game drives in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park 
  • Bush walks 
  • Sunrise & sunset boat cruises 
  • Canoeing 
  • Pool lounging 
  • A rejuvenating spa 
  • Catch-and-release fishing 
  • A visit to our community projects in the area 

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Additional Activities 

We also have a list of activities that can be enjoyed at an additional cost (please contact one of our wonderful consultants to ask about fees) 

  • Gorge Swing 
  • Flying Fox or Abseil 
  • Bungee jump 
  • Historical bridge tours 
  • Chobe Day or Half Day Trips 
  • Quad bike local trail  
  • Village Trail 2 hours 
  • Royal Livingstone express - Dinner Steam Safari (Weds & Sat) 
  • Historic Mulobezi Line Dinner Run (daily for groups of 30+) 
  • Horse rides 
  • Falls tour Zimbabwe side  
  • White water rafting 
  • Lunar Rainbow tour 
  • Fly Fishing 
  • Bushtracks Express - Dinner Steam Safari (Tue & Fri) 
  • Devil's Pool Excursion 

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When to go? 

When you come to Thorntree River Lodge, you'll be offered many activities year-round, so there is no wrong time to travel! If you want to travel in a quieter time with more specific activities, the low season is for you. If you prefer guaranteed high-water experienceFebruary to July is perfect. 

Low Water - August to January 

There are many unique activities to do when the water levels are low, and the temperature is hot including white river rafting,hanging off the waterfall edge at Devil's Pool, and an exclusive trip to Livingstone Island. 

During low season we take guests over to the Zimbabwean side at no extra cost (excluding visa costs). 

High Water - February to July 

Prepare to enjoy the falls in all its soaking glory. The power and beauty of the falls with its spectacular views and lunar rainbows will take your breath away. If you would like to combine Thorntree River Lodge with Zimbabwe or Botswana, it falls in our secret season where you can save on specific camps. 

Safari Season 

If you want to combine your visit to the falls with an extended safari in Zimbabwe or Botswana, the best time is June to October. Keep in mind that the later in the year you come, the dryer the falls will be, so the sweet spot is generally July to August. 

Stay at any of our camps for 6-9 days and receive up to 10% off, with our long stay special. We also have an exclusive special running to celebrate Thorntree opening again; anyone who books between now and March 2021, for travel in 2021, will receive a free spa treatment. 

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