Following two years of closure and with covid regulations finally relaxing and flights and tourists returning to Zimbabwe, Isibindi Africa's newest lodge, Tsowa Safari Island, near Victoria Falls in the Zambezi National Park, is not only open for business, but has been expanded and given a make-over during the lockdown period.
The mighty Zambezi River has always captured the hearts and minds of explorers, now modern-day explorers can experience the area’s many wonders for themselves. Located next to Matetsi, the lodge has its own access road through the Park and offers guests the chance to immerse themselves in one of the world’s last great wilderness areas.”
“As with all our lodges, every consideration has been taken to ensure that all our eco-sensitive structures, have minimal environmental impact and blend into the stunning natural surroundings. I feel that If David Livingstone had to walk through Tsowa Safari Island today...he would feel right at home,” adds Gehren.
Whether relaxing at one of two swimming pools watching abundant wildlife pass by, exploring the private island on foot with a guide, bird-watching or embracing the amazing water-based activities such as fishing, canoeing and sunset river cruises, every experience at Tsowa is an exceptional one. It’s also an ideal spot from which to explore the area’s other attractions; game drives and guided walks in the Zambezi National Park, a visit to the magnificent Victoria Falls, as well as day trips to Chobe.
Almost equi-distant from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, Livingstone in Zambia, Kasane in Botswana and the Namibian border, Tsowa is also easily accessible from all of South Africa’s major airports.
With four lodges located in some of Southern Africa’s most pristine settings, Isibindi Africa Lodges pride themselves on partnering with the communities in which they work. Through the Isibindi Foundation, the group is involved in several community and conservation projects, ensuring that visitors who stay at any of the Lodges, are making a contribution to Isibindi’s work and indeed ‘journeying with purpose’.
The large, airy luxury safari tents of Tsowa Safari Island are nestled on the edge of the island on the banks of the Zambezi River under the canopy of deep forest. Each tent has a small covered verandah set on the river’s edge and looks directly across to the Zambezi National Park on the mainland. Wildlife frequents the water’s edge in the late afternoon and early morning. The free-standing tents are set well apart from one another, with 20 metres separating each tent. The en-suite bathrooms each have a large indoor shower and a separate outdoor shower open to the African skies. Nothing quite beats lying back on soft, white linen at the end of a fun day, to the night sounds of wildlife – maybe an owl hooting softly, a hyena calling or even lions mating - safely across the river!
Your home away from home at Tsowa, is carefully considered, with a structural design that is simplistic and fresh, clean interiors with loads of natural, raw elements and always treading lightly in its impact on the planet. The perfect setting for the modern day explorer.
An Embracing Nature Experience
The site was chosen for its magnificent forest canopy and enormous termite mound resting gently alongside the lounge. The golden green light pours through the trees in the early morning and late afternoon. The fire pit deck is suspended over the Zambezi river and afternoons can be spent watching the reflection of the sunset over the Zambezi National Park as animals come down to drink.
Game Drives & Game Walks
Game drives are offered through this scenically beautiful national park. Start your day by gliding across the Zambezi River to the mainland where your safari vehicle will be waiting to take you on an early morning game drive in the Zambezi National Park – which is home to large herds of elephant, buffalo, lion, hyena, giraffe and numerous antelope species. The game drives are approximately 4 hours and include a refreshment stop. This activity is for children 12 years and older. Game walks are offered on the mainland which is considered a prime walking safari area. This activity is for children 16 years and older.
Day Trip To Victoria Falls
These trips are outsourced to a private company. Guests are collected from our private entrance to the Zambezi National Park and transferred to the town of Victoria Falls where they can view the splendid Victoria Falls, take high tea at the Victoria Falls Hotel, enjoy river rafting or bungee jumping on the Zambezi River and visits to the local curio shops and market.
Available year-round, canoeing is done in two-person inflatable canoes and is offered from mid-morning to early afternoon. Guests will be accompanied by guides also in inflatables. This fun activity is a great way to spend an adventurous afternoon. Guests leave from the island in their boats and have lunch and drinks en-route on the banks of the river. The landing point is approximately 1.5 hrs downstream. Guests are transported back to the island in a game viewing vehicle. Total excursion lasts approximately 3 hours.
The river cruise is offered in the late afternoon to enjoy the spectacular sunsets along the Zambezi River. Guests can enjoy drinks and snacks with our guides on our comfortable river cruiser while keeping an eye out for game coming down to drink at the banks of the river. This activity is for children 12 years and older.
Guided 1 hour walks (or longer if desired) are offered daily to the centre of this magnificent island, home to century-old Baobab trees. Rare ground lilies flower early in the year and a tranquil river runs through the island where a pair of breeding Pel’s fishing owls reside in large Mangosteen and Jackalberry trees. The birdlife along the water’s edge includes African finfoot and Schalow’s turaco. This activity is for children 12 years and older.
Day Trip to Chobe
Take a day trip to the beautiful Chobe National Park in Botswana. Chobe is well known for its high biodiversity, with extensive river-frontage, floodplains, grassland and dense woodland terrain. It is one of the most game-rich wildlife parks in the country. The Puku antelope may be seen on the floodplains. Birdlife is prolific, especially along the riverfront, including spoonbills, ibis and many types of ducks and waterfowl. Migrant bee-eaters are seen in summer. Chobe National Park is geographically beautiful and makes for a lovely day trip along the river and back inland through the forest and grassland.