African lodges are synonymous with cement finishes

by Ofentse Sefolo
African lodges are synonymous with cement finishes

Tongabezi, an assortment of quirky houses and cottages dotted along the banks of the Zambezi, is a lodge with style, exclusivity and charisma. Along with many other accolades, the lodge has been voted by Travel & Leisure as the 5th Best Safari Lodge in Africa.

Tongabezi Lodge is a small camp set on the northern banks of the Zambezi and has just six cottages and four houses, all overlooking the river. Each dwelling has its own character and charm, is spacious and has a reputation for high design and luxury.

Abi from Abi James Interiors is Tongabezi’s interior designer. She describes her design ethos for Tongabezi as follows:

“The owner Ben Parker is an avid collector and has a great eye for unusual finds. I love that all the pieces have been handpicked and chosen for their individual design. My aim for Tongabezi Lodge is to display these eclectic pieces in a way that really shows off their personality within the lodge setting,” says Abi.

Cement finishes are synonymous with lodge design throughout Africa and the Tongabezi Lodge was finished using Cemcrete’s distinctive finishes. The pool was finished with PoolCrete Silver Grey, exterior walls with CemWash Tongabezi Tan (a colour specifically developed for the project), interior walls with SatinCrete Beach Sand and the floors, built-in seating as well beds were finished with Colour Hardener Stone.

Tongabezi presented its own unique challenges to Abi James and her team, including getting products and supplies to the remote area. Cemcrete bags were transported by canoe across the crocodile and hippo invested Zambezi River to reach the lodge. On-site training was provided by a Cemcrete specialist to the local, rural building team. The language barrier was another challenge that had to be overcome to deliver the project, but the result is a unifying work of art.

For more information, contact Cemcrete on Tel: +27 (11) 474 2415 or via www.cemcrete.co.za.

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