Thorntree River Lodge


12 rooms
All ages
En suite
  • Maximum 24 people
  • Air con
  • 2 x family room (adjoining walkway)
  • WiFi zones
  • Charge batteries in room
  • Fans in room
  • Childminders on request
  • Hairdryers
  • Gym
  • Indoor/outdoor shower
  • Roll top bath
  • Private plunge pool
  • Library
  • Spa
  • Close to Victoria Falls
  • Fireplace in main area
  • Private deck

Additional Information

  • Airstrip to camp - 20 mins
  • Closest airstrip - Livingstone
  • Closest international airport - Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport
  • Kids under 16 yrs to accompany adults when they leave camp. Adults cannot go for their excursions and leave the kids in camp with guides/staff.
  • Children under 6 yrs are not permitted on game drives with other guests, parents are to book a private vehicle.
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A Lavish Riverside Retreat on the Zambezi River

Thorntree River Lodge is situated along the picturesque banks of Zambia’s Zambezi River, nestled within Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. This setting seamlessly merges the tranquil ambiance of the Zambezi with the awe-inspiring majesty of Victoria Falls. Here, indulge in an exquisite retreat while also enjoying authentic safari experiences and unforgettable wildlife encounters.  

Thorntree River Lodge offers a serene base from which to enjoy a number of safari activities. Embark on game drives, river cruises, cultural visits, fishing expeditions, canoeing trips, and rhino tracking walks. Enjoy private excursions to both the Zambian and the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls. For those eager to explore from above, opt for a helicopter ride over the Falls; it’s guaranteed to take your breath away.  

Drawing architectural inspiration from local cultures and contemporary influences, Thorntree River Lodge’s shared areas are fluid hubs of relaxation.  The lounge flows into the elegant dining room, both areas enjoying incredible panoramas of the river. The communal deck on the Zambezi’s edge is home to the Acacia firepit and a stunning infinity pool. Nestled within the grounds is the wellness spa and fully equipped gym, perfect for rejuvenating the body and mind.  

Each suite at Thorntree River Lodge is complete with a private plunge pool, a viewing deck, a luxurious bathtub, an outdoor and indoor shower, and a fully stocked bar cart. From your private deck, admire the majestic Zambezi River and watch as the waters entwine with the lush riverbanks to create a private encounter with an iconic river.  

Whether embarking on a thrilling helicopter ride over Victoria Falls or simply relaxing in the comfort of your suite, Thorntree River Lodge promises an opulent stay amidst Africa’s breathtaking beauty. Indulge in the wildly luxurious.  


Included & Excluded

Included in Rates:

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Tea, coffee, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages, except premium imported spirits and champagne
  • Laundry
  • Game drives in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, rhino tracking, bush walks, sunrise & sunset boat cruises, Simonga Village visits, a visit to Zambian side of the Falls, a visit to the Zimbabwean side of the Falls in low water season (excludes visa fees), visit to the Livingstone Museum, canoe trips, visit to Maramba & Makuni Markets, catch & release fishing (not available in December due to breeding season), Spa (additional costs apply).

Excluded from Rates:

  • Visa Fees
  • International / Regional Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Staff Gratuities
  • Conservation levies


  • Game Drives

    Game drives are what gets us up in the morning in the African bush, they’re a great avenue for exploring the land in a safe and exciting way.

  • Rhino Experiences

    Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is home to the extremely rare and endangered white rhino who are under 24-hour protection by the rangers.

  • Cultural Visits

    Working together with the communities located in the areas surrounding where we operate gives locals an opportunity to be self-sustainable.

  • Sunset Cruises

    A cruise down Zambia’s glorious Zambezi River at sunset offers wonderful African wildlife sightings encapsulating the essence of Africa.

  • Fishing

    Spend the day cruising the water and taking in the gorgeous views. Try your hand at fishing for tiger, bream (tilapia) or vundu.

  • Canoeing

    Accompanied by your river guide, enjoy a canoe safari. Take a relaxed paddle through the water and experience Africa from a different perspective.

  • The Ngwana Club

    We specialise in children on safari. Nature walks around camp, arts and crafts, cooking lessons and other specialist child activities for younger guests.

  • The Livingston Museum

    The largest and oldest museum in Zambia, the Livingstone Museum celebrates the local history as well as the adventures of David Livingstone.

  • Victoria Falls

    The legendary Victoria Falls, Mosi-Oa-Tunya or otherwise known as the Smoke that Thunders. Enjoy the splendour and magnitude of one of the seven natural wonders

  • Birding

    Thorntree River Lodge on the Zambezi River is home to a wide array of exotic birds, such as Gannets, Spotted thick-knee and Verreaux’s eagle-owl.


Discover majestic wildlife at every turn while on luxury safari in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park; these are some of the animals you can expect to see during your stay at Thorntree River Lodge.

Recent wildlife sightings

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  • We stayed two nights at Thorntree and wish we could have stayed longer. We cannot recommend this place enough! It’s so peaceful and serene. We visited Victoria Falls and our guide, Tawanda, was incredibly knowledgeable, providing us with a thorough history of the falls, the surrounding area and Dr. Livingstone. We also did the Rhino walk – truly a once in a lifetime experience.

    Marek via TripAdvisor

  • The activities are plentiful: between multiple ways to see the Falls, wildlife, and a visit to the local village, we were always busy. But we could easily have spent more time at the Lodge itself, with peaceful Zambezi-view from the living areas, and the nicely-equipped little gym and library (with WiFi). Thorntree has all the comforts, and the area is teeming with wildlife, so if you are hesitant to go on a safari due to “roughing it,” be reassured.

    Aidomis via TripAdvisor

  • A wonderful place to start our honeymoon. Luxuriously appointed (but not pretentious) with super helpful and engaging staff and guides. Delicious food and wine. Very helpful team arranged all the extra-curricular activities (rafting, helicopter, Vic Falls trip) and spectacular scenery and wildlife to match. Thank you.

    Hugh F via TripAdvisor

Our Local Foundation Projects

Female Guides

Programme starting in March

Maunga Primary School

The Maunga primary school is the only primary school in Maunga village and currently accommodates 177 learners from ECE to grade 7. The school has three teachers including the principal. To date, we have painted the nursery classroom and the ablution blocks, provided learning materials and textbooks, installed solar power and burglar bars for the computer lab, and fixed all the windows at the school.

Maunga Health Centre

Access to quality and affordable health care facilities and services remains a challenge for many rural communities in Zambia. The nearest clinic in Maunga is 20KM (12.2 miles) away from the community, a distance which is often travelled by foot to access health care. Poor infrastructure, a lack of resources, a shortage of basic medical supplies, and a shortage of skilled healthcare workers remain a challenge at these medical facilities.