Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park

Thorntree River Lodge


The mighty Zambezi

The beautiful Thorntree River Lodge sits gracefully on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, just a short distance from the famous Victoria Falls. This is a perfect spot to explore the surrounding Zambian wilderness.

There are 12 tented luxury suites that blend into the tranquil riverside setting drawing inspiration from local African culture. Each unit is fitted with indoor and outdoor bathrooms, private plunge pools, and sweeping Zambian views.

Here you can unwind after a day of activities by relaxing in the pool. In the evening enjoy a refreshing sundowner drink while watching an exquisite African sunset, spend your nights around the crackling fire within the sunken boma before enjoying the African inspired fine-dining experience.


At a glance

  • 12 Tented luxury suites

  • Infinity pool

  • Spa

  • Library

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  • Victoria falls

    Visit Victoria Falls

    The lodge is just a short distance from the falls. It is a must see when in the area. Head out and enjoy the splendor and magnitude of one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

  • Guide leading a walking safari near Thorntree River Lodge, Zambia.

    Game drives

    Game drives are what get you up in the morning in the African Bush. They are a great way to explore the land and experience its marvelous wildlife in a safe and exciting way.

  • Thorntree River Lodge Livingston Zambia sunset

    Sunset cruises

    A cruise down Zambia's glorious Zambezi river at sunset offers wonderful African wildlife sightings encapsulating the essence of Africa

Community & Culture

The African Bush Camps Foundation works with the local communities with the goal of community upliftment through tourism by creating long-lasting positive impact. In Livingstone, the lodge has partnered with the Maunga Community and together have identified two focus areas; building a much needed clinic building and providing scholarships to children who are in need and show potential in the classroom. Moreover, details of the suite interiors and furnishings are sustainably designed and produced by local craftsmen and merchants, which is one of the many examples of how Thorntree is empowering the local communities.


What sets Thorntree River Lodge apart is its environmentally-conscious design, thoughtfully inspired from local customs and cultures. A key requirement Thorntree’s management had when building the lodge was to not only minimize the camp’s footprint on the environment, but to also effortlessly blend it within the surrounding landscape to maintain the feel of an authentic Africa. By fitting the tents with insulated paneling maintains a constant temperature, regardless of the weather conditions. Also, taking into account the location of the lodge on the fragile banks of the Zambezi River, lightweight rigid walls, pre-fabricated bathroom pods and compact fabric elements were used to limit the pressure put on the soil.


African Bush Camps, owners of Thorntree River Lodge, run the African Bush Camps Foundation whose aim it is to, by working with rural villages in wildlife areas, develop sustainable conservation programmes and improve the quality of life for those living in the communities.

A conservation-focused ethos introduces rhino-tracking as one of the primary activities on offer at Thorntree, all in a bid to create breath-taking experiences with these great animals and to educate and spread awareness on the plight of the rhino population.

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.

  • Unforgettable experiences

    Creating your trip is entirely collaborative and our Travel Researchers are here for every step.

  • Positive impact

    Curated sustainable experiences and accommodation that maximize the benefits to local people and place.

  • Fairness and transparency

    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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