African Bush Camps is expanding into Zambia after taking over the site of Thorntree River Lodge on the banks of the Zambezi in Livingstone, a short distance from the Victoria Falls.
The lodge is being rebuilt with an environmentally conscious design.
According to CEO, Beks Ndlovu, Thorntree River Lodge is being redeveloped to fit with African Bush Camps’ style. “We are not rebuilding from scratch but rather redeveloping the facility. Thorntree is currently in the style of stone chalets, so we are keeping those structures but tenting the roof structures so that it fits in with the style of African Bush Camps,” said Ndlovu.
He said the lodge would have eight twin rooms and two family units, each with four beds. Each unit will have its own indoor and outdoor bathrooms and a private plunge pool.
Ndlovu said the main lodge would consist of a lounge with an open dining area, a gym and a spa overlooking the Zambezi River.
“The communal deck is set on the edge of the stunning riverside and is home to a sunken boma area and an infinity pool.” He added that wooden decking floated on the edge of the river, moving with the water level to create the illusion of being on a boat.
According to African Bush Camps, the lodge is set to open on May 1.