Thorntree River Lodge
(7 chalets, 2 honeymoon suites) PO Box 60403, Livingstone; tel: 03 324480; fax: 03 321320; email: safpar@zamnet,zm, or contact Safari Par Excellence.
Thorntree is located on private land within the broader confines of the national park, about ten minutes' drive from town along the Nakatindi Rd. It is clearly signposted to the left well before the national park exit gate, so if you get that far, turn back.
Accommodation is along the riverbank in large tented chalets, built on a brick base under a thatched roof, with electricity, en-suite showers and simple but attractive interiors. Two well-appointed honeymoon suites are raised on teak decking with open sides overlooking the river. There's a very comfortable bar, lounge and dining area, with a riverside deck from which you can watch elephants moving between the islands in the Zambezi. A figure-of-eight swimming pool lies next to a thatched boma overlooking the waterhole where buffalo, elephants, hippo, waterbuck and bushbuck come to drink.
Thorntree is the base for SafPar's elephant-back safaris (the only one in Zambia) and guests can meet their resident herd. In addition, they operate their own river cruises from the lodge, as well as offering other activities.
Set a little way along the river (though entirely separate from the lodge) is a thatched Boma with ethnic decoration used for special functions, and larger groups; it is also the base for Zambezi elephant trails.