African Bush Camps - Thorntree River Lodge


Beautifully designed Thorntree River Lodge graces the banks of Zambia’s glorious Zambezi River in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park.

Find perfect respite after a day of activities by relaxing in the infinity pool that seamlessly blends into the river horizon. Thorntree River Lodge celebrates the spirit of community.


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African Bush Camps - Thorntree River Lodge

Located right on the Zambezi River on a quiet section of the river within the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.

Just 25 minutes upstream from Victoria Falls and accessed via Victoria Falls, Livingstone or Kasane Airports. 


Thorntree River Lodge has 8 Standard Suites and 2 Family Suites. Room features include: 

En-suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor shower and roll top bath  
Private plunge Pool and Deck where private dining is possible
Air conditioning  
In room charging facilities 
Mini Bar 
Mosquito Nets & repellent in every room 
Hair Dryer  

King Bedroom Twin Room Bathroom Bath Views from the Bedroom Room Deck and Plunge Pool Room Exteriors Room Exterior

Some of the lodge features include:

Swimming Pool
Fire Deck
Dining area, Lounge and Bar
Library with WiFi                    
Gift Shop                                  
Child minder (on request)


Deck Lounge Firedeck Gift Shop Outdoor Grill Swimming Pool Spa

Included activies while at the lodge are:

Game Drives within national park 
Rhino Walk Safari experience (guides are armed when walking) 
Bird Watching 
Catch and release fishing  
Cultural visit to local villages 
Sunrise & Sunset boat cruise 
Visit to local Livingstone Museum 
Visit to the Zambian side of Victoria Falls (and Zimbabwean side during low water season) 

Some of the kids activities on offer include through the Ngwana Kids Club are:
Nature Walks Around Camp
Cooking Classes
Traditional Story-Telling and Arts and Crafts/Beading.


Fishing Guided Tour of the Victoria Falls Island Picnics Birding Canoeing Sunset Cruise Rhino Tracking

Children of all ages are welcome at Thorntree.

The lodge has 2 Family Suites which consist of 2 interleading rooms each en Suite. Children at Thorntree, have access to some specialized activities through African Bush Camps Ngwana Club.


Thorntree River Lodge is open all year round.

The Maunga community is located on the outskirts of Livingstone, Zambia.  When African Bush Camps first opened Thorntree River Lodge in  2017, the closest health clinic for the community was 20km away in Livingstone. The African Bush Camps Foundation has therefore partnered with the community to build a Health Centre that will greatly improve access to basic facilities and empower the community to care for its members.

Make your travels meaningful by using a small amount of space in your luggage to pack supplies that can assist the Maunga Health Centre. A small space can make a big difference.

In a campaign to continue to reduce our environmental impact,  African Bush Camps provides every guest with a stainless steel water bottle that can be refilled with filtered water in camp. All of the remote bush camps are operated by solar power with backup generators where needed.


Maunga Health Clinic Tree Planting

Power is mains electricity with back up generator.
WiFi is available in the Library.
Network coverage is available in the area.


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