Tangala House is a luxurious family home on the banks of the Zambezi River, part of the superb Tongabezi Lodge. It lies 9 miles (15km) upstream of Victoria Falls. The house has four bedrooms, three with ensuite bathrooms, and a 36 ft (12m) private swimming pool.
Stylishly designed and furnished, it has featured in House and Garden magazine in the UK and comes with a vehicle and boat, chef, waiters and private guide. Tangala House sleeps up to 8 and has a children’s playroom and a spacious kitchen-dining room. The rooms are enclosed, with large glass fitted windows to keep out the insects and allow you to enjoy magnificent views across the Zambezi. Over 145 species of birds have been spotted from the kitchen window and elephant herds can often be seen drinking on the opposite bank.
The living room has a large sofa and two armchairs and leads onto a ‘snuggery’ with satellite TV, video, stereo and fireplace. Most of the rooms have high thatch ceilings. The swimming pool is long and has an extra shallow area for children and bench seating.
In front of the house is a grass lawn, 750 ft (250m) of private river frontage, with no properties on either side and Tangala also features three friendly dogs. The veranda easily seats ten, with steps onto the lawn, towards the swimming pool and the terrace, which has an eight seat railway sleeper picnic table.
Tangala House is available to book over the Christmas and Easter Holidays, plus June, July and August. Other dates throughout the year are available on request only. There is a minimum stay of 3 nights and a minimum occupancy of four people.
One of the greatest attractions in Africa and one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, Victoria Falls is located on the Zambezi River, the fourth largest river in Africa, which forms the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The noise of Victoria Falls can be heard from a distance of 25 miles (40 kilometres), while the spray and mist from the falling water is rising to a height of over 1,200 ft (400 meters) and can be seen from a distance of 34 miles (50 kilometres). No wonder that the local tribes used to call the waterfall Mosi-o-Tunya or “the smoke that thunders”.
Victoria Falls is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the citizens of both Zambia and Zimbabwe no longer have fear of the “the smoke that thunders”, and are successfully developing the tourism on both sides of the river.
The water level varies throughout the year; it is at its peak in April, at the end of the rainy season when on average 500 million litres of water flow and it is at its lowest level in October and early November.
During the dry season the water level in the Zambezi River drops sharply, and it becomes possible to walk through some parts of the waterfall. However, during the rest of the year Victoria Falls is a roaring machine that amazes you with its power.
Zimbabwe has most of the best views, especially in the drier months. Zambia has most of the best lodges. One special vantage point in Zambia is across the Knife-edge Bridge, where you can have the finest view of the Eastern Cataract and the Main Falls as well as the Boiling Pot, where the river turns and heads down the Batoka Gorge. Other vantage points include the Falls Bridge, Devils Pool (where it is possible to swim on the edge of the falls!) and the Lookout Tree, both of which command panoramic views across the Main Falls.
Other activities in this area include:
Flights over the Falls – by helicopter or microlight
White Water Rafting
Village volunteering – on the Zambian side is where our main volunteering projects are located