Virginia Woolf’s mantra, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well,” couldn’t ring more true than when compared with Tongabezi’s style of dining. When it comes to the human ritual of dining at the Zambian-based luxury lodge, the experience is consistently voted as a compulsive overachiever by guests.

Whether floating on a sampan in the middle of the Zambezi River, elevated high amongst the trees like Tarzanand Jane on a deck canopy, or simply picnicking on one of the many Zambezi River Islands, dinners at Tongabezi are Instagram heaven.

Sampan Dining Experience

The Sampan dining experience is the equivalent of floating on Aladdin’s magic carpet. Guests are transported by boat to the middle of the Zambezi River and anchored offshore on their own floating platform. This platform is more formally known as a sampanand it iswhere a three-course meal is thenenjoyed, in the middle of the river. Attended by waiters and the occasional singing choir, each of the dinner courses are hand delivered by canoe.

Only Mother Nature stands between you and your partner. Recent honeymooners, Mike and Nicole, can attest to such a rarity: 

“The sunset was the most beautiful colour I’ve ever seen and the sounds of Africa around us were vivid and all encompassing. We heard hippos, frogs, birds, and insects in a chorus of African music of the wild. The food was delivered one course at a time by boat, while we floated on a platform lit with candles. It was the epitome of romance.”

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Dining at The Lookout

The Lookout was conceived as the ultimate chill out zone perched overlooking the Zambezi River. To translate into laymen terms – it makes for a unique and trendy spot to enjoy a quiet lunch or dinner while spotting the hippos lurking in the care-free waters.  We’ll let this image do the talking:


Wild and wonderful dinner views are the focus of every Tongabezi table. And while it’s a time to kick back and enjoy some incredibly good eats, it’s also the perfect moment to snap a quick picture and etch the experience into your memory.