“Tsowa” means ‘new beginnings’, which is what you will find on this pristine island in the middle of the mighty Zambezi River. A surreal place, set apart from the hectic world, the whispers of this majestic river are broken only by occasional calls of the African fish eagle. In a camp fringed by a beautiful forest, a soft path leads to a cluster of century-old baobabs. This is our safari island Tsowa, sensitively situated within the Zambezi National Park.
The camp comprises a stylish lounge and dining area for 12 guests. The bar tent is adjacent to this main living area. The vast outside deck makes the most of its riverfront setting and is also in the cool forest. It has an open-air dining area flowing onto a sunken fire-pit which overlooks the river. The main lodge is linked to the pool which is in a sunny spot, from which you may enjoy your favourite cold drink while watching the river glide by.
With natural spaces of the world shrinking at an alarming rate, we count it as a great privilege to be situated in one of the few remaining wild places of the world. Yet Tsowa Safari Island is surprisingly easy to reach – situated almost equidistant from 4 access areas: Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, Livingstone in Zambia, Kasane in Botswana and the Namibian border.
Tsowa Safari Island forms part of the Zambezi National Park which is a 56 000 hectare game reserve, home to 4 of Africa’s Big 5. The Zambezi National Park stretches in a green corridor from the Victoria Falls approximately 50 km upstream. It is a renowned birding hot spot, with 400 different species, including riverine, grassland and bushveld birds. Our unique Tsowa Island is 1.5 km long and 400m wide and is dissected by a small river where a pair of Pel’s fishing owls reside.
There are 3 distinct seasons in Zimbabwe.
The dry season Apr-Oct which is the best time for game viewing. The wet season Nov - Mar when the river is at its highest and the Victoria Falls are most spectacular and migrant birds are prolific. Sep-Oct is a superb fishing season.
The camp can only be accessed by pre-booked transfers. Guests are transferred in closed air-conditioned vehicles to our private entrance to the Zambezi National Park, where they will be met by a guide and transferred in an open 4x4 vehicle to the river's edge. From here it is a quick boat trip across to the island.