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tangala house

exclusive use per night from £1,470 tangala house zambezi river

Tangala House is a wonderful, comfortable and stylish family home on the banks of the Zambezi River, 15km upstream of Victoria Falls. 

The house has four bedrooms, three with ensuite bathrooms, and a private swimming pool.  Beautifully designed and furnished, it has featured in many glossy mags and comes with a vehicle and boat, chef, waiters and a private guide - all courtesy of neighbouring Tongabezi Lodge

This is the perfect place for a family, as it's a gentle introduction to the wildlife of Zambia. Tangala sleeps up to 8 and has a children’s playroom and a spacious, high ceiling kitchen-dining room with views to die for as the African sun sets across the Zambezi River.  As befits a family home, the rooms are enclosed, with large glass fitted windows to keep out the insects.

Remarkably, over 145 species of birds have been spotted from the kitchen window and elephant herds can often be seen drinking on the opposite bank.  And you will certainly see and hear lots of hippo.

The living room has a large sofa and two armchairs and leads onto a ‘snuggery' with satellite TV, video, Hi Fi and Jetmaster fireplace. Most of the rooms have very high thatch ceilings and the passages have large 3-4m high 'Moroccan’ arches, with 1m thick walls.

We particularly love the circular, open sided thatched rondavel with its enormous comfy sofa and views across the garden to the river.  The perfect place for 'sundowner' at the end of the day.

The swimming pool is 11m x 5m, with an extra shallow area for children and bench seating. In front of the house is a grass lawn and Tangala features 250m of private river frontage, with no properties on either side. The veranda easily seats ten, and is open thatch with steps onto the lawn, towards the swimming pool and the terrace, which has an eight seat railway sleeper picnic table.


  • Spectacular private house, ideal for families
  • Fully serviced by Tongabezi Lodge
  • Incredible views


  • We can't think of any and wish we could spend more time here...
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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.

Tangala House private hire rates

There is a minimum stay of 3 nights for safari holidays and a minimum occupancy of 4 adults or 2 adults plus 3 children.   No more than 8 guests permitted.   Price per person per night:

  • Adults  £420
  • Children under 14 years  £210

Residents of Tangala are looked after by a combination of your own in-house team, plus benefit from the facilities and services of neighbouring Tongabezi Lodge.

House team

  • Chef and waiters
  • Driver with vehicle and a boat
  • Private guide for bird watching walks and game drives

We particularly recommend boat trips to the opposite side of the river to spot game, explore islands and inlets, and enjoy the diverse bird life.  Great for both adults and kids.  Dawn and sunset are best times.

Tongabezi Lodge, 500 yards away, has a restaurant and bar, and can organise a masseur to visit.

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