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An unconventional Valentine’s for the traveller

For those who love travel and love a traveller, Valentine’s day may be your lucky charm. It’s a chance to go somewhere unconventional, yet blissfully romantic, while ticking off the holiday of your dreams.

Most discerning travellers don’t need an excuse to plan a getaway, but if you’re feeling guilty about just having returned from a December break and need convincing to go forth on another one, we have it – Valentine’s Day!

Tongabezi was built specifically to service affairs of the heart. Every nook, piece of furniture, viewing deck, and venture was made to appeal to the safari romantics of the world. It’s all uncommonly good and that’s what keeps the couples coming back for more.

If you’re in doubt, here are a few ways you can celebrate the month of love with the special person in your life here:

1) Canoodle in the tree tops

Set against the basalt rock bed, amongst the branches of three riverine Ebony trees, the Tree House spreads out over a sustainable pine deck that guarantees swoon-worthy views of the Zambezi River; aka the perfect spot to canoodle. In fact, the front of the room is completely open to the outdoors, meaning you can watch the sun rise from the comfort of your bed as you snuggle up under the covers. The same can also be said for the claw footed bathtub, although we highly suggest a warm bubble bath at sunset after a day spent with the elephants.


2) Spend a night on a private island

We’ve all dreamt of spending a day on a private island, haven’t we? When you spend time at Tongabezi, this wish can come true. A short boat trip away from the lodge lies an exclusive, private isle known as Sindabezi. You can expect tranquil island vibes as each of the five chalets are perched right at the water’s edge. The view over the Zambezi floodplains and the Victoria Falls National Park can steal hearts.


3) Take a canoe to your floating dinner table

The sampan dining experience looks like something plucked straight from a love story. Instead of a limo taking you to a fancy new restaurant in the city, a boat transports you to your floating dinner table on one of the world’s most spectacular rivers. Once settled at your private table, every exquisite course is hand-delivered by canoe. Then the stars come out and for a brief spell, the entire universe will lie before the two of you. Yours to command. 


4) Fall in love with a Victoria Falls rainbow/moonbow

No trip to Zambia would be complete without visiting the country’s natural wonder of the world – the Victoria Falls. A guided tour of the falls is included in every guest stay at the lodge. Call it the angels from up above or a romantic coincidence, but the full moon falls on the 11th of February, which means for 3 days the lunar rainbow will light up the night sky. It is one of the few places on earth where this natural spectacle occurs regularly and it just so happens to land on one of the most romantic weekends of the year. 


5) Sip cocktails at the exclusive pop up bar

On any African safari, sundowners are almost always part of the experience. However, while most are commonly enjoyed out on a game drive, we’ve created a pop up bar on a secluded sandy spot along the Zambezi River bank. In minutes, you can be barefoot watching the sunset dance across the sparkling water with a fully stocked mobile bar at your disposal. Its marvellously spoiling – consider yourself duly warned.


So, whether you love Valentine’s Day or hate it, use it to experience a new part of the world with your partner! You can thank us later.



Tongabezi is a romantic hideaway on the banks of the Zambezi River, upstream of the majestic Victoria Falls.

  • In Africa, there are so much interesting ideas how to spend St. Valentine’s Day because it’s warm outside. In my country, in February we can only sit in the restaurants and drink wine.

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