A MODERN DAY EXPLORER'S CAMP
"Tsowa" means ‘new beginnings’, which is what you will find on this pristine island in the middle of the mighty Zambezi River. A surreal place, set apart from the hectic world, the whispers of this majestic river are broken only by occasional calls of the African fish eagle. In a camp fringed by a beautiful forest, a soft path leads to a cluster of century old baobabs. This is our safari island Tsowa, sensitively situated within the Zambezi National Park.
Tsowa Safari Island takes the gentle art of ‘glamping’ (glamorous camping) to new levels of elegant creativity. The 12 bed luxury camp is set in the sand-washed forests of an untouched island in the middle of the Zambezi River.
The décor echoes the natural environment, with layers of natural fabrics mirroring the surrounding colours of bleached wood, river, sand and bone. Authentic wood and other raw materials are used to create pared-back simplicity.
The river expedition theme is carried through with careful attention to the finer details, right down to the crockery and wooden platters on which meals are served. Start your own ‘new beginning’ from this inspiring, artful setting which pays the greatest respect to the natural surroundings.
In the main camp, stretched canvas tents overlook the Zambezi River so that you may view wildlife from every part of the lodge. With timber frames and sides, set on wooden decks, the spacious open areas rest in the shade of massive jackalberry trees.
THE LODGE FACILITIES
The camp comprises a stylish lounge and dining area for 12 guests. The bar tent is adjacent to this main living area. The vast outside deck makes the most of its river-front setting, and is also in the cool forest. It has an open-air dining area flowing onto a sunken fire-pit which overlooks the river. The main lodge is linked to the pool which is in a sunny spot, from which you may enjoy your favourite cold drink while watching the river glide by.
Enjoy delicious meals on the dining deck under the shade of ancient trees.
Relax in stylish comfort under the shade of a bedouin type stretch tent while sitting in the lounge soaking up the sounds of silence.
This is the place to gather mesmerized by a flickering fire sharing the day’s activities with your loved ones.
2 swimming pools flowing into each other are the perfect place to cool down with your favourite drink whilst enjoying the warmth of Zimbabwe.
The 5 Reasons
There are so many reasons to visit Tsowa Safari Island that it was difficult for
us to choose just five! Here are our top reasons for visiting us…
The Victoria Falls is one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. A bucket-list experience for many an explorer, the sheer volume and breadth of thundering water will take your breath away. The local people call it "Mosi-oa-Tunya", ‘the smoke that thunders’ and the sound of the force of water meeting more water and rock can be heard from every aspect of the park.
With natural spaces of the world shrinking at an alarming rate, we count it as a great privilege to be situated in one of the few remaining wild places of the world. Yet Tsowa Safari Island is surprisingly easy to reach - situated almost equidistant from 4 access areas: Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, Livingstone in Zambia, Kasane in Botswana and the Namibian border. This makes it an ideal point from which to start a once in a lifetime southern Africa safari, with easy air links to the world famous Kruger National Park in South Africa, and the glorious beaches of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated on the eastern seaboard of South Africa), and of course gorgeous Cape Town, voted as the most beautiful city in the world.
Tsowa Safari Island forms part of the Zambezi National Park which is a 56 000 hectare game reserve, home to 4 of Africa's Big 5. The Zambezi National Park stretches in a green corridor from the Victoria Falls approximately 50 km upstream. It is a renowned birding hot spot, with 400 different species, including riverine, grassland and bushveld birds. Our unique Tsowa Island is 1.5 km long and 400m wide and is dissected by a small river where a pair of Pel’s fishing owls reside. The island, which has never been inhabited, is fringed by lush forests, while the mainland is riverine woodland with natural spring lines which are hidden gems used by wildlife. The Park is home to lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, sable and numerous antelope. This geographically beautiful area is popular for both landscape and wildlife photography. It is a particularly scenic game reserve for guided walking.
You will feel your pulse slow down as you step mindfully onto this ancient untouched piece of Africa situated in the heart of one of Africa’s greatest rivers. A lifeline to animals and humans, the river winds its way 2574 km from north west Zambia, through eastern Angola, along the north-eastern border of Namibia and the northern border of Botswana, then along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe to Mozambique where it crosses the country to its final destination in the Indian Ocean.
The appeal of Tsowa Safari Island lies in its remoteness from the hustle and bustle of Victoria Falls town, and you are far from earshot of the constant buzz of helicopters taking guests on the “flight of the angels” over the falls. Slow down, relax and take time to reflect while enjoying a cup of coffee on your deck watching this mighty river glide past. Wake up to the sound of countless bird calls and go to sleep to the noise of hippos foraging for food.
There is a reason many of us fantasize about escaping to an island – the idea of being removed from stress and strife in a place of beauty and peace. Your everyday stresses will seem otherworldly in this serene, safe haven. This will soon begin to feel like real life as it should be – this soft sand, the sound of the gentle river, the call of the fish eagle, the view of a blood-orange sunset. Combined with elegant modern décor, a celebration of all that is natural and local, the lodge blends seamlessly into its island context. The river and birds call to you from every part of the open lodge which makes the most of its river, forest and wildlife views. Being an island, Tsowa is secluded from the mainland by the beautiful river. Here you will find no other vehicles, no noisy, nosy people intruding on your hard-won escape. You can relax into the remoteness of this exclusive island environment. Let your mind take a step back in time at this explorer-style camp, imagining the adventures and hardships of pioneers like Livingstone and Stanley who introduced this magnificent corner of Africa to the western world while fiercely protecting its natural heritage. Here in this particular island escape fantasy you can enjoy the modern-day comforts of a swimming pool and luxury safari tent complete with en-suite bathroom.