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Review of Wilderness Safaris Toka Leya Camp

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Wilderness Safaris Toka Leya Camp
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La Porte, Indiana
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61 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Amazing Such an experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2014

Toka Leya Camp is an amazing experience. Victoria Falls is absolutely fabulous. Be sure and go when the river is high. The Zambezi River and Rhino walk are not t o be missed.

The tents are nicer than most hotel rooms. A spacious deck overlooks the Zambezi. Wild animals wonder the camp at night including the local hippo Moto Moto.

The food is very good and the staff is friendly, attentive and hard working.

Victoria falls is the big attraction and is an experience you will never forget. We did a rhino walk that allowed us to get within 15 feet of them. If your not afraid this is a must do. We also went tiger fishing. Be sure to go early in the morning. They put up a good fight and are very smart fish.

Toka Leya is a great property with amenities you wouldn't expect. I highly recommend it.

Room Tip: There are only 12 tents. You can't go wrong.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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WildernessSafaris, Guest Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Toka Leya Camp, responded to this review, 7 August 2014
Dear MfBuilders,

Thank you for your enlightening review of Toka Leya. We are glad you enjoyed your Rhino walk as well as getting to see the infamous Moto-Moto.

Toka Leya’s location means that there is plenty to do here, from cruising down the Zambezi to visiting Victoria Falls, exploring Livingstone town to game driving through Mosioa-Tunya National Park. The Park has species such as buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, impala and white rhino, while hippo, crocodile and elephant are regularly seen in or near the Zambezi.

Thanks again
The Toka Leya Team
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Federal Way, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2014

We stayed here two nights at the beginning of our Botswana Safari adventure. We primarily wanted to see Victoria Falls and the local village. The accommodations were fantastic, the food and scenery out of this world. We had a resident hippo spend the night beside our tent. The evening sundowner with the bonfire down by the river was something out of a story book.

A good way to start our safari adventure. Not the best camp of our safari adventure but still far above your normal experiences. The Victoria Falls was great, the visit to the local village was not to be missed. The evening ride along the Zambezi river watching the sunset was memorable. Being on local power our tent even had air conditioning. Highly recommend.

Room Tip: We only spent two nights here. I recommend three nights if you can.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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WildernessSafaris, Manager at Wilderness Safaris Toka Leya Camp, responded to this review, 3 April 2014
Dear Jim-and-Donna,

Thank you for your wonderful review of Toka Leya. We are glad to hear you had such a wonderful experience on the various activities on offer at our camp.

The Sinde Village visit is a great experience and this activity is at no extra cost when you are booked with our fully inclusive package. The Sinde Village is situated 20 to 30 minutes' drive from Toka Leya and has a population of approximately 1200 people. Throughout the tour, guests are encouraged to talk to the people and the children at the school to learn more about Zambian culture and Sinde Village. Wilderness Safaris is setting aside a small amount for each guest who visits Sinde Village, this money is then used to support the community development projects and ensuring that the village benefits from tourism in the area.

So thank you for your contribution to our local villagers, if you would like more information on the initiatives we are involved in at Sinde Village you can visit the Children in the Wilderness website.

Thank you again and we hope you can come and stay with us soon - for 3 nights this time.
The Toka Leya Team
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Darien, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2014

My wife, one daughter and I spent two wonderful and activities filled days at Toka Leya.

To visit the Victoria Falls, there is no option on either the Zambia side or the Zimbabwe side with a real view of the falls. Some hotels have a view of the spray, but not really of the falls, so staying in a more remote place like Toka Leya is an attractive alternative.

The rooms at Toka Leya are nice, but not as elaborate as the rooms at some of the other lodges we stayed at. The service is excellent. The food is good, but not great.

The river cruise is a nice way to experience the Zambezi river, its hippos, its birds. We saw other animals as well. The visit of the falls is a must and the Zimbabwe side is not to be missed. We stopped at the museum on the way back and that is not worth it.

The game viewing was better than we had expected. Of all the places we stayed at in Southern Africa this was the closest we came to both rhinos and hippos.

The staff is too reactive about activities other than their own, including maybe the best white water rafting in the world, the swim with view of the falls off Livingstone island and the helicopter tour.

Room Tip: Room 12 is a long way from the lodge, but offers spectacular 270 degrees views of both the river and...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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WildernessSafaris, Guest Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Toka Leya Camp, responded to this review, 7 August 2014
Dear bjamar,

Thank you for the dreamy review, we are glad to hear that you and your family greatly enjoyed your visit to Toka Leya.

The swiftly-flowing Zambezi River hurries past Toka Leya Camp in the central part of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, just 12 km from the Victoria Falls. The eastern and main areas of camp are under a shady canopy of jackalberry, knobthorn and waterberry trees, while the western side is in a more open setting: an ancient baobab tree is the focal point of panoramic Zambezi vistas. There is ample space for relaxation with meals served on the sundeck, the pool deck and dining room all overlooking the river. The pizza oven and spa round off the camp experience.

Thank you again
The Team at Toka Leya
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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2014

Toka Leya was the last of the three camps we visited during our trip to Africa. I'm so glad it was last -- if it had been first it would have been quite disappointing. If you're in Africa to see the animals this is not the place. There's not much here when compared to other spots. We really wanted to see the rhinos but they are few and guarded 24/7 by armed guards. When we were there they were sleeping in the grass so we weren't even able to get recognizable pictures. The room was very nice. Clean and comfortable. The air-conditioner was the first one we'd encountered in 10 days and was a nice surprise. The food and drinks were good. The staff was nice but not the over-the-top nice that we met at the other camps. TL has a completely different feel than the more game-safari oriented camps. It was like a cross between a game lodge and a 4-star hotel. Definitely take the excursion to the Falls. VF is breathtaking. We also took a sundowner boat trip on the Zambezi River. It's definitely worth your time. Donald was great. The setting of the camp is absolutely gorgeous. It's built to take full advantage of the river view. I think we would probably stay at TL again, but only as a post-safari stay. Nobody comes knocking at your door at 5 a.m. for your morning game drive. It's a nice end-of-vacation wind-down spot.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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WildernessSafaris, Guest Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Toka Leya Camp, responded to this review, 7 August 2014
Dear Zoeycat,

Thank you for your dreamy review of Toka Leya.

No matter how many times one has seen the indescribable Victoria Falls, one is awed by the volume and the sound of the Zambezi River as it cascades down into the zigzag gorges before continuing on to Lake Kariba and finally along the Lower Zambezi – home to Mana Pools National Park, a Ramsar site – before heading down to the Indian Ocean. From quite a distance now one can see the spray of the Victoria Falls and a visit at this time of year requires a rain poncho and an underwater camera to capture the magical moments of the ‘rainy’ spray.

Thank you again
The Team at Toka Leya
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Edmonton, Canada
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110 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2014

During our trip we stayed at 5 different camps and this was the best. This was our first Wilderness Safari camp of three and we enjoyed it the most.

The staff here are wonderful. One of the female managers took extremely good care of us while we were there. She helped us arrange tours in Livingstone, helped with massage booking and in general strived to make sure our stay was as great as possible. She even had one of the staff drive us into town when our prearranged transfer didn't show up. I also received the best massage of my life at the camp and I've received massages all over the world. It was sublime. The staff also had a fire on the beach with music and dancing for our entertainment.

The food was excellent (as it was at all Wilderness camps) but what made Toka Leya just that much better was the effort they put into the experience. You would select your dinner entree during afternoon tea so that you could be served a proper plated meal at dinner. This was much more enjoyable than the dinner buffet experience at Duma Tau and Seba. There was no shortage of food between breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner you would never be hungry.

The property was beautiful and in a great location. It is far enough from town to feel out of the way but close enough to allow you to take advantage of the activities. I believe the drive was just under 30 minutes. The main common area for eating and relaxing was open and inviting with lots of comfortable seating. There was a bar in this area near the pool and books on wildlife. Everything was open air with amazing view and wildlife viewing opportunities. Everything was spotlessly clean. They also have a boat which is used for evening water safaris which I would highly recommend. This property also has internet access.

The "tent" was the best part and the biggest reason why this property gets my highest rating. It had wodden floor and framing with canvas walls but was completely sealed to keep out bugs. The beds were comfortable and had ample netting. There was a fan to keep the room cool. The morning view was spectacular. Each tent felt very secluded and private. There was a private deck overlooking the water. The bathroom facilities were first class...double sink, private toilet, clean shower with hot water. Because of the proximity to town the tent had sliding glass doors which locked. Most importantly for me, the tent was clean and mostly bug free - a few small bugs did get in when the door was open.

Some things that were common to all WIlderness properties.... they provide towels and toiletries. There is no bar soap provided - only liquid soap / shower gel. I would suggest you bring your own soap or bring a sponge for the shower, I never quite felt clean and used a lot of soap trying to get a lather. Each tent is equipped with a safe and a charging bar that accomodates different types of plugs. They do provide bug repellent and insect killer but Wilderness prides itself on its eco-responsibility and as such neither of these products are very powerful or very useful. Bring your own. They request that you be conscious of water / power consumtion. They will do laundry free of charge. You leave it in the morning and it comes back that afternoon. They will also wash underclothes but they need to be separated from the rest of the laundry. There is daily housekeeping as well as turndown service. The properties are all inclusive so all meals and drinks (including alcohol) are included in the room charge. All activities offered by the camp (boating / jeep safari etc) are also included. There will be a tip box where you can leave something for the staff. There is a small giftshop where you can purchase souvenirs but not other travel necessities. The tents are not equipped with telephones or alarms clocks so you should have an alarm of your own. Guests are not allowed to walk on the property after dark / before sunrise without an escort. This is for your safety with respect to wildlife as the properties are not fenced. Someone will come to make sure you are up and 30 min later someone will come to walk you to breakfast. By then it is usually light enough for you to wander freely. In the evening someone will get you for dinner and walk you back afterwards.

The only real downside to this property as compared to the Wilderness camps in Botswana that we stayed at - you don't feel like you're in the middle of nowhere on true safari. Toka Leya does offer a jeep safari but we did not participate. We did the evening water safari and took a walking tour of Victoria Falls. Both were included in our nightly rate. We also took two extra paid excursions - helicopter over Victoria Falls and the Devil's Pool swim at the edge of the falls. We would highly recommend both of these tours and Toka Leya can make arrangements for you.

We wanted clean and comfortable and this was that and so much more. Definitely worth the price.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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WildernessSafaris, Manager at Wilderness Safaris Toka Leya Camp, responded to this review, 3 March 2014
Dear A-M197211625,

Thank you for your fantastic review, Toka Leya is a very unique and very special camp and we are glad we were able to share it with you.

The excursion to Devil’s pool is a great activity we have on offer. It is created each year at the fringes of Victoria Falls, when the dry season reduces water levels to create what has been likened to the ultimate infinity pool. There is nothing but a submerged lip of rock standing between bathers and a 100m drop over the worlds largest water fall (and a guide at all times for added protection).

Thank you for sharing this and your time with us at our camp.
The Toka Leya Team
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2014

Just outside of the town of Livingstone, at the edge of Zambezi river, this lodge has perfect location for enjoying of the wildlife. Hippos, giraffes, impalas walk by your room. Service is excellent and rooms very well equipped with emphasis on detail. All the details that make difference and make your stay comfortable. Highly recommended!!!

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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WildernessSafaris, Manager at Wilderness Safaris Toka Leya Camp, responded to this review, 1 August 2014
Dear Zoi17,

Thank you for your charismatic review of Toka Leya. We will be sure to pass on your praise to all our staff.

Unlike most parks in the region, the change in vegetation levels does not seem to have an impact on what will be seen in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. The size of the Park combined with a well-thought-out road network makes it very viable for visitors to see many different species. Several great sightings have been recorded this month, amongst them a herd of buffalo that has been seen several times in camp near Tent 12. Over a number of days the buffalo have come in at the end of the day, had a drink at the river and spent the remaining daylight hours in the shade around the camp grounds.

We hope to welcome you back soon
The Team at Toka Leya
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2014

This was our last of 3 camps. Even though close to livingstone it iis relatively secluded. The view of the river is fantastic as was the boat cruises -hippos, crocs and elephants. Visit to the falls was highlight, plenty of water. Meals were fantastic- best of all camps. We did the short helicopter ride which I highly recommend. Service exceptional. They helped arrange all activities. Special treats in tent. We stayed 3 days which seemed ideal. The local museum was great!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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WildernessSafaris, Guest Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Toka Leya Camp, responded to this review, 1 August 2014
Dear Squashfrog,

Thank you for your affectionate review.

Whether a relaxing sunset cruise or a game viewing cruise, there are scenic views and exciting wildlife to be enjoyed from the comfort of a spacious boat. There's always an abundance of hippo and crocodile, as well as a few other surprises along the way. Other activities on offer in the area include sunset cruises, helicopter flights, micro-lighting, canoeing, jet boating and white water rafting. *These activities are at extra cost.

Thank you again
The Team at Toka Leya
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Property: Wilderness Safaris Toka Leya Camp
Address: Parks Road, Livingstone, Zambia (Formerly Toka Leya Lodge)
Region: Zambia > Southern Province > Livingstone
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 84 Speciality Lodging in Livingstone
Hotel Class:4 star — Wilderness Safaris Toka Leya Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A safari-style sanctuary situated right on the banks of the Zambezi River, Toka Leya provides a peaceful wilderness experience just 12 km away from the iconic Victoria Falls. It is the perfectplace to unwind for a few nights before or after a safari, or visit as a stand-alone destination. With luxurious outdoor baths, a wellness centre complete with yoga/meditation deck and your private veranda overlooking the rushing, roaring river, there is ample space to relax - or set off on one of the many adventurous activities on offer, from white rhino tracking to bungee jumping. • 12 tents (3 family) • Victoria Falls tour • river cruises • game drives • nature walks • village visits • spa and gym • catch-and-release fishing ... more   less 
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