Toka Leya Camp

Victoria Falls, Zambia

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Toka Leya Camp

Overlooking the mighty Zambezi River and some of its islands is Toka Leya Camp, with spacious en-suite safari-style tents. Wooden walkways snake between the units and main area, limiting the footprint on this pristine area.

UNLEASH IT: OVERLOOKING THE MIGHTY ZAMBEZI RIVER.
 

We Love
  • Toka Leya Green Camp Systems aims to rehabilitate indigenous flora in the area. The systems include a greenhouse and nursery project to grow seedlings, an environmentally friendly waste-water treatment plant, and a worm farm.
  • It also pioneered the use of innovative energy-saving systems, which are being used as a model to lower the environmental footprint across the area.
  • Community involvement is vital. The Camp promotes cultural visits to a nearby village, where guests interact with villagers.
Need to Know
  • Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
  • 24-hour electricity is available and a diesel generator available for back up.
  • All local drinks are included in the nightly tariff, with the exception of imported premium brands.

The Review

The main area of the Toka Leya Camp, which lies in the east, 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.

Stay
Toka Leya Camp, consisting of 12 spacious en-suite safari-style tents boasts cool, tasteful and uncluttered African décor in earthy hues. The rooms are climate-controlled and for a cool summer, there is 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 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 our younger visitors! A curio shop exhibits a fine selection of local crafts.

Wildlife
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, on boat cruises and out on game drives.

Experience
Activities (on fully inclusive rate) include a tour of the Victoria Falls on the Zambian side, game drives within Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, river cruises, fishing and guided nature walks. Tours of Livingstone town and museum and visits to Mkuni Market and a nearby village add cultural diversity.

Other activities on offer in the area at additional charge include sunset cruises, helicopter flights, microlighting, canoeing, jet boating, and white water rafting.

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.

Getting There

Toka Leya Camp is situated in the western sector of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. It is approximately 12km from Livingstone and the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls. The camp can be reached by air from Kafue to Livingstone in 1 hour 30 minutes, from Lusaka to Livingstone in 1 hour and from Kasane to Livingstone in 20 minutes. Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport (Livingstone) is located about 18km from Toka Leya. Driving time between Toka Leya and Livingstone town is approximately 10 minutes and Victoria Falls is 20 minutes. Shisheke on the Namibian border can be reached in approximately 2 hours and the Zimbabwean border is approximately 30 minutes.
 

 
Toka Leya Camp Victoria Falls, Zambia

Toka Leya Camp


Rating                       Classic Camp
Type                         Safari Lodge
No of rooms               12
Max Occupants           30 guests
Interests                    Wildlife, Nature, Birding, Flora, Hiking, Relaxation
Location                    Victoria Falls – Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park


Standard Room
There are nine twin bedded standard tents. The double beds can be moved together to create a double bed. There are two twin bedded guide/pilot tents which are much smaller than the standard tents.

Family Room
There are three family tents which can all accommodate four people.

Leader/ Guide Room
There are two twin-bedded guide/pilot tents (not the same standard as a guest tent)

Tent details
The safari style tents have en-suite with indoor and outdoor showers. Soaps, shampoo, body lotion, washing powder (for smalls), insect repellent and torches are supplied in each tent. Hairdryer.

Camp Description
The dining and bar area are under a canopy of trees overlooking the Zambezi River. Dinners are served on the deck overlooking the Zambezi River or in the dining room. Tents and public areas connected by raised walkways. There is a swimming pool, health & beauty spa. Internet and Wi-Fi access is available for guests in the main lounge area.

Electricity & Water
24-hour electricity is available and a diesel generator available for back up.
Potable water comes from the river after it is treated and filtered.
Fans/air conditioning (hot and cold) have 24-hour power.
Plug points are available in each tent so that sleep apnoea machines may be used.

Activities
    A tour of the magnificent Victoria Falls on the Zambian side
    Game drives in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park
    River cruises
    Tour of Livingstone town and the museum
    Visit to local curio shops and Mkuni Market
    Visit to a local village and school
    Fishing excursions (standard equipment provided; no set time for this activity; scheduled according to availability, guests' needs and duration of stay.)

The above activities are included in the nightly rate. There are a range of other activities available at an extra cost such as white water rafting, helicopter flights, micro-lighting, canoeing, jet boating and horse riding amongst others. Walks can be conducted from 01 December 2011 by highly trained walking safaris guides in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (minimum age of 13 years).

Seasons
One rate all year: 11 January 2013 – 10 January 2014


Policies

Child Policy
    Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
    For families travelling with children between 6 and 12 years, private activities need to be booked and paid for.
    Children between 6 and 16 years must share with an adult/s in the same room.

Other Policies
    All local drinks are included in the nightly tariff, with the exception of premium wines and champagne, and premium liqueurs and spirits.
    Same day laundry facility is available and is included in the nightly tariff.
    Extras can be paid for by cash, MasterCard and Visa Card – mandatory 3% credit card surcharge applies. Bank Cheques and Travellers Cheques are not accepted.

Taxes and fees
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay (e.g., room service, minibar, in-room movies, etc).
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.

Additional Services
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:          2:00 PM
    Check out:      12:00 PM
    Minimum stay:     1 night

 

Victoria Falls (Livingstone)

One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls is known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya — "the Smoke that Thunders" — a name that accurately depicts the plume of spray, visible for some distance, caused by the cascading waters of the Zambezi River. This is an area of spectacular scenic beauty: from the Falls themselves to the broad, picturesque course of the Zambezi River upstream. Wildlife also abounds in the area, particularly during the dry season, and can be viewed while boating on the river or on game drives in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park upstream of the Falls. This small park offers excellent sightings of buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, impala and even white rhino.

Birdlife
There is rich birdlife here too, including sought-after species such as African Finfoot, Half-collared Kingfisher, African Skimmer, Schalow's Turaco and Rock Pratincole. The principal town on the Zambezi's Zambian bank is Livingstone, which, with its adrenalin sports such as abseiling, white-water rafting and canoeing, has become known as the 'adventure capital' of southern Africa.    

Gratuity Schedule
The following is the suggested gratuity schedule only and is subject to service standards:
Guides – £6.00 per person per day
General Camp Staff – £3.00 per person per day
Specialist Guides (if applicable) – £6.00 per person per day


When to go

There are three seasons: the dry season (July - October), which has pleasant weather and also the most popular. Livingstone has mild winter days with chilly evenings from May to September but temperatures begin to rise in end September and October, particularly in the Luangwa Valley and Lower Zambezi. The heat brings the animals seeking water along the river banks where the game viewing can be phenomenal. The shoulder months (April-June) is when the rains would have stopped and an ideal time to visit Victoria Falls. November is unpredictable. The wet season runs from December until March, when the weather can vary hugely in the day. It is ideal for bird-watching but some camps are closed during this time.

Visa
British nationals require a visa to enter Zambia. You require a passport valid for the next 6 months with two completed visa application forms, two passport photographs, copy of your passport page containing personal information and a copy of airline tickets/itinerary.
Consular office is open Monday to Friday 10.00am - 13.00pm

Health
You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while travelling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel. Check with your doctor (ideally, 4-6 weeks) before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need.

Please note:
All travellers to and from Zambia are required to be in possession of either a Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate   or a valid waiver certificate.


Getting There

Toka Leya Camp is situated in the western sector of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. It is approximately 12km from Livingstone and the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls. The camp can be reached by air from Kafue to Livingstone in 1 hour 30 minutes, from Lusaka to Livingstone in 1 hour and from Kasane to Livingstone in 20 minutes. Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport (Livingstone) is located about 18km from Toka Leya. Driving time between Toka Leya and Livingstone town is approximately 10 minutes and Victoria Falls is 20 minutes. Shisheke on the Namibian border can be reached in approximately 2 hours and the Zimbabwean border is approximately 30 minutes.