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Animal safety at Tongabezi lodge

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Animal safety at Tongabezi lodge

I am staying with my family in the river cottages at Tongabezi and am a little nervous about the surrounding wildlife, given that there are no doors or windows to the lodges. Can one sleep at night in peace?

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1. Re: Animal safety at Tongabezi lodge

Yes, I've stayed there twice and had no problems sleeping- I think the cottages have doors, it is the houses (Dog House etc) which are open.

You will hear (and see)hippos etc but that is part of the charm. It is a lovely, lovely place to stay.

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Thank you so much. I feel more at ease now with my decision to stay there, as I have 2 small children. Also, another question for you. What level of cleanliness can I expect at the lodge? is the water safe to bathe in/brush teeth with?

Thank you !

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3. Re: Animal safety at Tongabezi lodge

There are no problems with cleanliness (which is not the same question as whether the water is safe to drink). It is perfectly safe to bathe in, and bottled water is provided for drinking/teeth brushing. Pretty much the same as the rest of Zambia (and most of Africa).

I don't know how young your children are, but the Lodge is open to the River and they would need to be able to understand that they shouldn't fall in! I love Tongabezi, but it is fair to say that it is not a hotel- like building/facility and you do need to be comfortable with the style.

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Just to add to the above; hippos can, and do, leave the water after dark, For this reason a member of staff (your personal valet) will always escort you to/from the public areas between sunset and sunrise . You are very close to the river, so there will be insects and occasional frogs etc.

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5. Re: Animal safety at Tongabezi lodge

I haven't been to Tongabezi but based on other lodges I have stayed in where wildlife roams around, they might not let 2 kids share a room without an adult. This is in case the kids get scared in the night and decide to go walkabout.

If you are 2 adults, 2 kids don't be surprised if they make one adult share with one kid each.

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6. Re: Animal safety at Tongabezi lodge

Tonga is a lovely lodge and one of the top places to stay on the Zambian side of the falls, with warm and welcoming staff and great food and atmosphere - however, as noted by previous posters it's not a hotel, and with many sections of the lodge being open to the river you're likely to encounter the occasional insect or frog and you'll certainly hear hippos at night.

I've stayed at Tonga in a number of different rooms, including the Garden House that is often used as a family suite. If you're staying in the Garden House, it has two bedrooms around a central garden area which is set back from the river bank. It's undergoing renovations but in the past has had a stone wall which surrounds the garden which helps prevent children from wandering off.

If you're in the River Cottages, they are fully enclosed (as noted above it's the houses which are open to the river). However, they are separate buildings so depending on the ages of your children you may need to split with one adult and one child per cottage.

Cheers,

Julian

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