Victoria Falls

Sindabezi Island Lodge


Rustic, romantic

Sindabezi is small, rustic lodge on its own island in the middle of the Zambezi just inside the Zambian border, reached by boat or canoe.

It is an intimate spot with just five open fronted chalets perched on stilts with wonderful views across the water and wilderness beyond. Rooms are lit with hurricane lamps, candles and starlight at night. A bubble bath here is a must.

Explore the falls and all the adventure activities in the area. Along with nearby sister lodge Tongabezi (whose facilities you’ll have access to), Sindabezi has a wonderful relationship with the local community and supports fabulous projects which you can visit during your stay.


At a glance

  • Five thatched chalets

  • Dining area and firepit

  • Plunge pool

  • Can be booked exclusively

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    Victoria Falls

    Celebrate one of Africa’s most famous natural icons, Victoria Falls, from within Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park on the Zambian side of the Falls.

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    Floating dinner

    Dine in true Sindabezi style while anchored offshore in the Zambezi River on a floating platform. This is a breakfast or dinner experience quite unlike any other. Attended by waiters, each meal is paddled out one course at a time to your private sampan.

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    Join a guide on a walk around the island with binoculars and a bird book to spot some of Sindabezi’s diverse birdlife. Or if you would prefer to range a little further afield, you can take one of the boats and float around the nearby islands to see what you can find.

Community & Culture

For over 30 years, Sindabezi's (and its sister lodge, Tongabezi's) founders Benjamin and Vanessa Parker have nurtured and empowered local communities in Simonga and the larger Kazangula area. They funded and built the Tongabezi Trust school, Tujatane, which has educated the children of Tongabezi staff and the community in general since 1996. This has been particularly welcome in the area which has otherwise struggled with educational funding and materials. The school has grown from just 15 pre-school children to over 190 students and is completely funded by donations.

A new project for the Tongabezi Trust School Team is The Twaabane Creative Centre, a space is designed to share creative, artisanal, and practical skills to not only the children but also the adults in the Simonga Community.

The Tongabezi team also promotes healthy environments and small-scale farming in neighbouring communities by planting indigenous trees, including fruit-bearing species, and local sustainable farms in sourcing produce.


Tongabezi is a low impact lodge constantly working towards less noise, fewer emissions and minimising the impacts on local flora and fauna as much as possible.

The bulk of wood supplies from sustainable forests in the Copper belt near Ndola. A Vivreau still and sparkling bottling system saves 20,000 plastic water bottles a year and around 2,000 tin cans. An onsite, custom made purification plant recycles water to be used for irrigation and to feed the Tongabezi wildlife dam.

Reforestation is vital in Southern Africa where so many people depend on coal to cook, clean and keep warm. Whilst the lodge is working to replace coal stoves with sustainable grass and stick-fuelled ones, they are also hard at work replacing the trees that have been cut down.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

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