African Bush Camps Reopens Thorntree River Lodge in Zambia on the Banks of the Zambezi River

Thorntree River Lodge is back on Zambia’s safari scene. Now, fully reopened, the Lodge is welcoming local and international travelers to experience an unforgettable journey to the banks of the Zambezi River in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. 
The uber-luxury destination from African Bush Camps (ABC) is a 12-room Lodge offering myriad enticements. Its spacious double suites effortlessly accommodate social distancing, a gym and spa, and a prime setting for spotting African wildlife. It features more than 1,000 feet of riverfront that is frequented by elephants, hippos, rhinos, countless bird species, and more.

Imagine watching the sunset while sipping a refreshing sundowner, then choosing to enjoy your private plunge pool and in-room bar, or gather with friends and family around a bonfire in the sunken boma next to the Lodge’s communal outdoor lounge.

Come daylight, choices expand dramatically with offsite activities including guided walking safaris and game drives, as well as canoeing, catch-and-release tiger fishing, and calming cruises on the Zambezi – all led by exceptional and passionate guides.

As at each of ABC’s 15 luxury tented bush camps in Zambia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe, the team at Thorntree River Lodge has taken significant steps to safeguard the health of guests. This includes instituting hygiene and preventative measures based on World Health Organization guidelines, country-specific requirements, and the company’s own initiatives to limit transmission of CV-19. A trained health liason officer at the Lodge ensures the implementation of all procedures. The staff has been retrained in correct sanitation and personal hygiene. Perhaps most noticeable: Staff no longer welcome guests with a handshake, but with traditional song and dance and a smile.
Located approximately 20 minutes from the international airport in Livingstone, Thorntree River Lodge is easily accessible, with airlines such as Emirates, British Airways, Kenya Airways, and South African Airways offering direct and one-stop routes. The Victoria Falls Airport across the Zimbabwean border is not much further: ABC’s chauffeurs and guides collect guests in first-class, deep-cleaned shuttles limited to 6 passengers per pick up/drop off.
What to Know Before Traveling to Zambia:

  • Upon arrival in Zambia, international travelers must present a negative CV-19 PCR test taken within the 14 days prior to departure
  • All international travelers must obtain a Travel Certificate from the Zambian Ministry of Health. To obtain a certificate, customers must present their passport and CV-19 test results at one of several health-related offices such as the University Teaching Hospital or Zambia National Public Health Institute. ABC chauffeurs and guides will be happy to assist with this process.
  • Airlines may require health questionnaires to be completed onboard and presented to health staff at the airport for review
  • Please ensure you are knowledgeable of the travel requirements for returning to your resident country

Reopening Special
To celebrate the reopening of Thorntree River Lodge and the start of a new year in travel, ABC is offering a complimentary spa treatment at the onsite spa for travelers who book a safari by March 31, 2021. 

  • Luckily, January to March is the low season with rates from  $630 per person per night when booking directly with ABC. Discounted rates apply when booking for 6 nights ($599) and 9 nights ($567).
  • Children of all ages are welcome. The celebrated kids’ club, the Ngwana Club, will ensure hours of fun. Kids aged 7 to 16 stay at 50% of the adult rate. Kids under the age of 7 stay at no charge.
  • Bookings are 100 percent refundable. Please read up on our CV-19 T’s and C’s
  • Excluded from ABC rates: Visa fees, international and regional flights, travel insurance, items of a personal nature, staff gratuities, park (CWS) fees

For more information and to make reservations at Thorntree River Lodge, visit

About African Bush Camps

African Bush Camps (ABC) is a 100% owner-run, African-based safari company designed to delight adventure travelers with authentic safari experiences amid untamed wilderness across Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. Operations are always focused on the guests, with 15 luxury tented bush camps and lodges, offering seamless safari experiences with internal flights, food, drinks, and activities included. African Bush Camps promotes and influences travel to Africa on a global scale while operating with a strong focus on conservation, and an environmentally sustainable footprint that celebrates the culture of communities in the areas in which it operates. 
The African Bush Camps Foundation is a nonprofit organization focused on conservation, education, and empowerment for the communities that surround the company’s camp locations. Launched in 2006, the Foundation operates through a multi-faceted partnership with the company, which donates $10 to the Foundation for every bed night accommodated in each of its camps. All donations go directly to community-based development projects initiated by the Foundation. Since opening, the Foundation has spearheaded 72 community projects across Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Zambia; 42 of those projects are currently in operation under the Foundation’s wing. 
African Bush Camps was founded in 2006 by Beks Ndlovu, a professional safari guide born and raised in the village of Luparie on the outskirts of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. From the start of operations, Ndlovu’s mission has been to operate a portfolio of luxury tented camps and lodges across Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Zambia that reincarnate the fantasy of ‘Old Untouched Africa,’ while treating guests to authentic and adventurous professional guide-led experiences and bespoke safaris that can only be found in the bush. 

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