About 12 kilometres upstream from the Victoria Falls, and in the heart of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park lies Wilderness Safaris’ Toka Leya Camp. Named after the local Toka Leya people, who have inhabited this area for centuries, this Victoria Falls camp is a celebration of natural elements combined with modern touches – and sighting of white rhino on the lodge’s extensive guided game drives is one of the most amazing experiences you can have in Africa.
The accommodation at Toka Leya consists of 12 spacious safari-style tents – of which nine are twin/double suites, and three are family units. Each en-suite tented chalet at Toka Leya is accessed from the main lodge via wooden walkways, and is set on an elevated wooden deck near the river.
Large glass sliding doors allow guests to lounge in bed while watching the mesmerising natural surroundings, and each unit boasts mosquito netting, air-conditioning, a lounge area as well as well-appointed bathrooms which include wonderful and private outdoor showers – and a range of luxury toiletries.
The family tents are similar to the twin/double tents – but also offer an additional bedroom with twin four-poster beds. The family tents are exactly the same as the twin/double tents, but they have an extra bedroom at the back of the tent. A big plus for children is the outdoor pizza oven in the lounge area, which adds a considerable list of additions to an already sumptuous line-up of freshly prepared meals. Apart from all meals, rates also include laundry services, as well as two activities per day.
There is a huge bouquet of offerings, but some of the highlights, which should be on every list are river cruises, game drives around the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park and a guided tour of the Zambian side of the falls. Back at the camp, the small but extremely memorable spa down by the river is a not-to-be-missed treat – and while you enjoy a spa treatment, a cleverly placed mirror allows you to keep tabs on the wild animals visiting the riverbanks.
With a list of added perks such as the outdoor bar and coffee lounge – complete with a proper coffee machine – as well as an infinity pool and an internet station, Toka Leya offers the ultimate African safari experience.