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Toka Leya comprises 12 spacious en suite safari tents (including three family units) on raised wooden decks beside the Zambezi, linked to an infinity pool and dining, lounge and bar areas by wooden walkways.

The tents boast cool wooden flooring, tasteful décor in earthy hues, climate-control, and a verandah from which to soak up the views and sound of birds, elephant and grunting pods of hippo. The islands in front of the camp form part of the braided channel of the Zambezi River, with several rapids and dense vegetation. The main area is shaded by a canopy of jackalberry, knobthorn and waterberry trees, opening on one side around the focal point of an ancient baobab tree with panoramic vistas.

Scheduled activities (if staying on a fully inclusive basis) include a daily tour to the Victoria Falls (Zambian side), wildlife safaris in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, river cruises, fishing excursions and guided nature walks. Tours of Livingstone town and museum, and visits to Mkuni Market and a local village are excellent ways to learn about the people and culture of this part of Zambia. Other activities on offer at additional charge include sunset cruises, canoeing and whitewater rafting.

Mosi-oa-Tunya Park offers sightings of buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and impala; white rhino have been reintroduced, and the occasional predator is seen. The rich birdlife includes sought-after species such as African finfoot, half-collared kingfisher, African skimmer (seasonal), Schalow's turaco and rock pratincole (seasonal). There is good birding within the confines of the camp itself, or on drives and boat trips.

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This accommodation is featured in the following itineraries:

Best of Zimbabwe & Zambia

This upmarket flying safari combines three of southern Africa’s most fruitful wildlife areas: Hwange and Mana Pools in Zimbabwe, and the vastness of the Kafue in western Zambia. Staying in delightful tented camps in the best locations, enjoy day and night game drives and boat trips to see the abundant wildlife.

  • When to go: Jun-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £9,295 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Distinctive Zimbabwe & Kafue

This trip focusses on the essence of Zimbabwe and Zambia – neighbouring countries that boast some of Africa’s finest wildlife areas. From the stunning Mana Pools and its aquatic wildlife, fly to the remote Busanga Plains in Zamiba’s Kafue National Park for vehicle safaris to see plains game and their predators.

  • When to go: Jun-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £7,395 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Victoria Falls, Zambia

Combining perfectly with a safari in Botswana, Zimbabwe or Namibia as well as Zambia, the Zambian side of the falls was once considered to be the ‘poor cousin’, by comparison with the views of the river and the falls from Zimbabwe. The two countries are linked by a spectacular iron bridge above the raging waters.

  • Where: Southern Province
  • Ideal for viewing: Cape buffalo, African elephant, hippo, trumpeter hornbill, waterbuck
  • Excellent for: River safaris