Set on the western sector of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Toka Leya Camp perches on the banks of the precipitating Zambezi River. Only 12km upstream from the world-renowned Victoria Falls, the camp is well placed for you to explore the scenic and vibrant region. Limiting our footprint on this pristine land, wooden walkways snake between the 12 spacious en-suite safari-style tents. You will feel safe and comfortable in your tastefully decorated room with an expansive wooden deck looking out at the mighty river â€“ often presenting the sight of rambling elephants, grunting pods of hippo and idle crocodiles. Under a canopy of shady trees, the camp’s dining, lounge and bar areas offer ample space for you to relax, complete with an infinity pool. Overlooking the Zambezi River and some of its islands Toka Leya Camp comprises 12 raised, spacious en-suite safari-style tents with expansive wooden decks from which to soak up the views. Activities include a tour of the Victoria Falls on the Zambian side, game drives within Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and river cruises. Wilderness projects include a reforestation program, water recycling and organic waste composting. Wilderness also supports the local community with various initiatives.
Activities and Notations During Your Stay
– Back-of-house tour highlights the green initiatives of the camp including the very important reforestation program. Here, guests are asked to offset their carbon footprint and plant a set number of trees.
– Driving business in the area, a visit to Victoria Falls highlights the importance of commerce.
– Visit Sinde Village and the school supported by Toka Leya and its guests.
– Celebrate the end of your journey at a traditional evening and enjoy the music of the local people.
– Additional activities on offer include guided walks and adventure pursuits.
– The park offers wildlife viewing of buffalo, giraffe, zebra, impala and white rhino.
– The prolific bird life includes the African Finfoot, a rarity elsewhere, yet here a resident.
– Scheduled tour of Victoria Falls on the Zambian Side
– Explore the rainforests of the Victoria Falls with its abundance of birdlife.
– Visit the Eastern Cataract of the Falls.
– Cross the footbridge to the Knife Edge for spectacular photographic opportunities.
Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. David Livingstone was the first European to visit the Falls, and named it after Queen Victoria. To the locals, it is known as Mosi oa Tunya meaning The Smoke that Thunders, which is an accurate description of what happens when the waters of the Zambezi River plunge over the 1700 meter wide and 100 meter deep chasm, creating a shower of spray and a deafening noise. From January to June the Zambian side of the Falls benefits from the increased water flow over the Falls and paths enable one to explore the rainforest, right up to danger point. During our tour we visit the Eastern Cataract of the Falls and cross the foot bridge to the Knife Edge, a perfect vantage point to view the Falls as well as the boiling Pot where the river turns and heads down the Botoka Gorge.
Sundowner Cruise on the Zambezi River
We head for the mighty Zambezi River where you will board a sunset cruise boat. The boat is shaded and gently makes its way upstream towards the Zambezi National Park, usually accompanied by a brief talk about the river and its wildlife by your skipper. You can relax and enjoy the riverine vegetation and spot the excellent birdlife as well as hippo and occasional crocodile. In the drier months, wildlife such as elephant and many antelope species can be seen grazing on the riverbanks or swimming across to the smaller islands. This iconic river is the fourth largest in Africa after the Nile, Zaire and Niger respectively. With its source in northwestern Zambia, it flows approximately 2800 kilometers before reaching the warm Indian Ocean off the coast of Mozambique. It is a wide, attractive river dotted with islands and sandbanks and the stretch of river preceding Victoria Falls is bordered on the Zimbabwean side by the Zambezi National Park.
Did you know?
– Toka Leya has a worm farm and indigenous nursery so as to rehabilitate the plant species of the area.
– Toka Leya Camp has a number of systems in place that aim to rehabilitate indigenous flora in the area. The systems include a greenhouse and nursery project to grow seedlings, an environmentally friendly wastewater treatment plant, and a worm farm. The fertilizer created by the worms is then placed in the greenhouse and nursery to start the cycle once more.
– In addition, Toka Leya Camp pioneered the use of innovative energy saving systems, which are being used as a model to lower the environmental footprint
– One of the most innovative ideas yet is the Elephant Chilli Pepper Project, where farmers of Simonga and other villages are being encouraged to plant a chilli patch around their food crops. The chillies are used to prevent elephants destroying food crops as well as earning the farmer extra cash. This idea, which helps farmers protect their food crops and generate income, is run by the Elephant Pepper Development Trust, which also advises farmers on natural resources conservation and sustainable utilisation of such resources in relation to the management of conflict with wildlife.
– Community involvement is vital in the greater Livingstone area and one of the projects is cultural visits to a nearby village, where guests interact with villagers. Projects are focused particularly on assisting children via schooling, and include those that help the inhabitants in general generate an income and therefore help the entire community.