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"The food is out of this world. World class. The chefs are trained by a Scottish chef who regularly comes out. I think I have put on about 5kgs!"
- Stuart & Sarah

Our commitment to fresh seasonal food, entertaining presentation and the option for adventurous travelers to partake in typical Zambian cuisine is legendary. Tongabezi Lodge and Sindabezi Island share four chefs, two pastry chefs and two full kitchen teams, headed by the inimitable Chef Zuwi Nawa. Our kitchens benefit from regular training by the renowned Chef Craig Higgins.

Chef Higgins spends a large part of the year working by invitation in international locations such as Hong Kong and London. The success of this training approach is immediately evident. Chef Higgins extensive travels and experience inform the day to day decisions that are made by our Zambian team.

The menus are regularly updated according to the latest international trends as well as the seasonal produce that we grow in our own state of the art vegetable and herb gardens and fruit orchard.

All our guests have an open invitation to the back of house areas and we take particular delight in showing off our beautifully renovated, well equipped kitchens, large cold storage and stock rooms.

If you have green fingers (or dream of them!) please take a tour of our kitchen garden fertilized with organic compost that is produced by the Tongabezi gardeners, the gardens provide gorgeous local greens, herbs and succulent citrus picked on a daily basis for our guest table.

Chef Zuwi would love to discuss recipes and requests do drop him a line at

Born up a tree! (the African Bon Appetit)

Chef Higgins

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