Kasaka River Lodge
Lower Zambezi, Zambia
At a Glance
Beautifully situated lodge on the banks of the majestic Zambezi River
Day and night game drives into the Lower Zambezi with your expert guide
Fabulous fly-fishing available - you may catch a Zambezi Tiger
Delicious meals served under the stars after a splendid day's gameviewing
Full day game drives or boat trips deep into the magical Lower Zambezi National Park
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Kasaka River Lodge is open during the dry season from April to November.
Zambia has a moderate to sub-tropical climate with three distinct seasons: from November to March is the Emerald, or the rainy season, April to July is Zambia's winter, when the weather is cool and dry, and August to October is summer, when the weather is hot and dry. In terms of game-viewing, the drier months, meaning a higher concentration of game at the permanent water sources, are a superb time to visit. Alternatively come for some superb bird-watching at the end of the rains.
To start planning your vacation to Kasaka River Lodge
Kasaka River Lodge, on the banks of the mighty Zambezi, is a wonderful, friendly and welcoming option for families wishing to explore this beautiful little corner of Zambia, whether on foot, in vehicles or even floating lazily down the river!
Kasaka River Lodge is set in the game management area, just outside the border of Zambia's Lower Zambezi National Park is Kasaka - recently taken over by the management of Chongwe River Camp, a firm favorite of ours. We expect great things from this simple little camp!
With a wonderfully friendly and welcoming team and a lovely main area on a high platform overlooking the sweeping Zambezi River, Kasaka has a style all of its own - dark wood, grey slate floors and lots of wrought-iron lend it a classic look - the lodge has a huge wide deck which leads to a shady area, perfect for pre-dinner drinks or relaxing with a book in the heat of the day.
The lodge also has a separate lounge and library, well stocked with books all about Zambia and wildlife and perfect for a bit of browsing. Or splash about in the lodge's good-sized swimming pool in the heat of the day - perfect for children, whilst parents can relax on the sunloungers which surround the pool.
Activities from Kasaka revolve around exploring the park and surrounding area - on foot or by vehicle or boat. The lodge also offers catch-and-release fishing, a wonderful activity to try! The Lower Zambezi Park border is only twenty minutes away but the park is unfenced, so game wanders back and forth and often visits the camp!
Kasaka has three different types of accommodation - eight classic tents reached by wooden walkways with either twin or double beds, and an en-suite bathroom - these are cool and contemporary, with grey slate floors and an elegant feel. Further on there is the Wild Mango Honeymoon Suite, a lovely option found right at the end of the camp - this tent is bigger and has a sumptuous four-poster bed and a private deck with sun loungers. There is also an open-air stone bath for those romantic evenings!
Finally there is our favorite option - the Hippo Pod family house - this is absolutely perfect for families, and is a completely self-contained private house with two bedrooms. It's a little way from Kasaka's main areas meaning that the family can spend private time together. The house comes with its own private guide and chef, but the family is still able to use the bar, pool and dining area. Each room has its own en-suite bathroom with shower and bath, and the house itself has a sturdy feel, set up on its wooden deck.
We love Kasaka Lodge - especially the Hippo Pod - and are very excited now it is under the umbrella of Chongwe River Camp - we highly recommend this for families wishing to explore this pretty corner of Zambia and enjoy some superb game-viewing and guiding.
Kasaka River Lodge is a 20 bed luxury tented camp offering an authentic and memorable safari experience with each chalet secluded amongst the native flora.
8 Luxury tented chalets with en-suite bathrooms each tastefully decorated with an authentic African flavor. The tent is a large walk in canvas safari tent with two single beds or one king size bed. The tent hangs from a roof and stands on a wooden deck. Each has an elegantly furnished en-suite bathroom with flush toilets and powerful heated showers.
Wild Mango honeymoon suite:
The honeymoon suite affords maximum privacy whilst offering the same facilities as the classic tents with an open deck high above the river, offering a stunning 270 degree panorama of the Zambezi River and Nyamangwe island. Sink into your sumptuous four-poster double bed draped in luxury and enjoy the Zambian ambience listening to the African nightlife. To complete the scene, breathe in the romantic scented air whilst lying in our sensual natural stone open-air bath, viewing game on the banks of the river under the African sky.
Hippo Pod family lodge:
Ideal for families or guests wanting an exclusive and private safari experience. Offering two large canvas bedrooms with a lounge connecting them, the master bedroom has a double bed the second with twin beds both rooms with en-suite bath and shower. Guests can also enjoy the main facilities of the lodge including the bar area, viewing deck, swimming pool and dining area.
Activities are tailored to make the most of this incredibly diverse wilderness. Game viewing is offered in a variety of forms, game drives designed to completely immerse you in the amazing natural wonders of wild Africa; a leisurely canoe safari; a river safari navigating the islands and main channels of the mighty Zambezi; or the thrill of a walking safari.
They also cater for both the serious angler and patiently helping first timers whose excitement of catching their first fish is always a pleasure. And for those interested in the rich cultural heritage of the area, community visits can be arranged.
Louisa Verney (Staff)
Kasaka River Lodge is in a beautiful position on the banks above the Zambezi River. This lodge is great value for money and has a great team managing it. The lodge offers walks, boating canoe trips on the Zambezi as well as day and night game drives. I particularly liked Hippo Pod the 2 bedroomed family tent which I think would be perfect for a family safari.
Canoeing on the Zambezi River
The Zambezi is renowned for truly spectacular canoeing as it provides you with the chance to see game from a wholly different perspective...looking up at it instead of down!
Fishing on the Zambezi River
The Zambezi River is host to some of the most incredible fresh water sport fishing in the world with both spinning and fly fishing, on a strictly catch and release policy according to the park rules. The most popular quarry is the infamous Tigerfish.
Game Viewing in the Lower Zambezi
Game viewing in the Lower Zambezi National Park, with varying options such as game drives, boat and canoe safaris, or bush walks, is the highlight of any safari trip to Zambia.
Green Season Game Drives
The Green Season, Rainy Season, Emerald Season, Secret Season - what ever you decide to call it, this is a beautiful time of year to be on safari. Activities are rarely disrupted by weather and the bush is full of life.
Location & directions
Lower Zambezi, Zambia
Nestled on the banks of the Zambezi River in the Chiawa Game Management area it is set in a natural bush environment with each chalet secluded amongst the native flora, only 4 kilometers by road from the Lower Zambezi National Park. This is the only stretch on the 2,700 kilometer course of the Zambezi River where one finds National Parks on both banks of the river - the Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia and the famed Mana Pools World Heritage Site in Zimbabwe.
How to get there
10-hour international flight to Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, Lusaka, followed by a one hour flight by light aircraft and then 20-minutes by road to camp.