Safari specialist Jenny and her new husband Jay recently visited the Zambian side of Victoria Falls as part of their honeymoon. They were all about fun and relaxation during their stay, and we were wishing them well while also thinking of some of our visits to the area. One of the first memories that came to mind was a visit to Toka Leya Camp – it’s a firm favorite, but we also thought of it because we have an incredible special on offer for upcoming travel.
Travelers can save $4,625 per person on our larger Botswana & Vic Falls Deluxe safari from Nov 1 – Dec 19, 2013 (which visits Toka Leya), and adventurers that book that same safari anytime from Jan 11 – April 15, 2014 can save $2,248 per person on the cost of the entire safari. Another great component of this offer that single travelers pay no single supplement during these dates. This is the ideal time to book, as savings this large are a rarity! If this sounds amazing (and it should!), read on to learn more about Toka Leya Camp, where our Botswana & Vic Falls Deluxe safari spends two wonderful days and nights to kick off an incredible adventure!
Overlooking the mighty Zambezi River and some of its islands is Toka Leya Camp, consisting of 12 spacious en-suite safari-style tents. Wooden walkways snake between the units and main area, limiting our footprint on this pristine area.
Tent interiors at Toka Leya Camp boast cool wooden flooring, tasteful, uncluttered African décor in earthy hues and climate-control for a cool summer sanctuary. They also have an expansive wooden deck from which to soak up the views of the Zambezi River, often to the sights and sounds of birds, elephant and grunting pods of hippo.The islands in front of camp are intriguing and form part of the braided channel of the Zambezi River with several rapids, a main channel and dense vegetation.
The eastern side and main area of camp is under a shady canopy of jackalberry, knobthorn and waterberry trees. The western side is in a more open setting – an ancient baobab tree is the focal point and panoramic Zambezi vistas. Family units are positioned to offer quiet seclusion.
The camp’s dining, lounge and bar areas offer ample space for relaxation and are complemented by an infinity pool, with meals served on the sundeck, the pool deck and dining room all overlooking the Zambezi. The novel pizza oven is a great hit with visitors of all ages! A curio shop exhibits a fine selection of local crafts.
Activities at Toka Leya Camp include a tour of the Victoria Falls on the Zambian side, game drives within Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, river cruises, fishing excursions and guided nature walks. Tours of Livingstone town and museum and visits to Mkuni Market and a local village are all outstanding ways of learning about the people and culture of this part of Zambia. Other activities on offer in the area at an additional charge include sunset cruises, helicopter flights, micro-lighting, canoeing, jet boating, and white water rafting.
Game drives into the Mosi-oa-Tunya Park offer sightings of general game species such as buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and impala. White rhino have been reintroduced into the park and the occasional predator is also seen. There is rich birdlife here too, including several sought-after species such as African Finfoot, Half-collared Kingfisher, African Skimmer (seasonal), Schalow’s Turaco and Rock Pratincole (seasonal). Good birding can be enjoyed within the confines of Toka Leya Camp itself, as well as on boat cruises and out on game drives.
The Zambezi River offers some fishing opportunities and tiger fishing is an unforgettable challenge for keen fishermen, particularly during the warmer months (October – December). There are several varieties of bream (Tilapia) which are a good catch.
There is a tremendous amount to do and see in the Victoria Falls area, and it’s the perfect place to ‘get your feet wet’ in Africa before setting out into the wilds of Botswana’s Linyanti region and the Okavango Delta. We’ll explore more of the camps on our Botswana & Vic Falls Deluxe safari in upcoming stories on the Safari Journal Blog.Angel’s Pool photo courtesy Jenny Salentine, hippo © Gretchen Healey, remaining photos Wilderness Safaris