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Kasaka River Lodge

Lusaka & Lower Zambezi

Rating: Mid-range    

Kasaka River Lodge overview

Kasaka River Lodge, near Lower Zambezi National Park, offers an authentic bush experience and combines excellent land and river activities in the wilderness. The camp is located on private property, on the banks of the Zambezi River in the Chiawa Game Management Area and is only 4 km by road from the Lower Zambezi National Park. Royal airstrip is only a 5-10 minute drive. The name Kasaka translates to where the lions meet.

The lodge consists of open-air public areas that sheltered by native flora and with gorgeous river views. The centrally located bar and lounge is set on a raised deck above the river. You'll be able to sit back and watch buffalo, elephant, hippo and crocodile in the river. 

Accommodation is split into two wings, 'wild' and 'tame'. The former has a bush setting, linked to the main area by elevated walkways, allowing you to view animals passing beneath! The tame side has lovely, well-maintained gardens and a swimming pool. All tents are large with en-suite bathrooms and private viewing decks. Interiors are have a distinctly African feel. The honeymoon tent, at the far end of the wild wing, has a grand four-poster bed and an open-air bath overlooking the river. 

Families or groups travelling together can be accommodated in the hippo pod, a stylish house with two huge en-suite bedrooms, a central lounge and large deck area with a pool. It comes with a private guide and activities. As a guest here you're welcome to use the facilities of the main lodge if you wish. 

Wilderness activities include game drives and nature walks, river-based game viewing, canoeing, fishing and birding. If you'd like to see some Zambian culture during their stay, Kasaka supports a local village (about 30 mins by boat) by a charity set up by the camp's owner. Here you can sample village life, see the school. Kasaka has a friendly atmosphere and great staff - it is especially good for families with a special children's programme of activities. 


​Open: The lodge is open all year.

Location: Kasaka River Lodge is located on the banks of the Zambezi, near to the lower Zambezi National Park.

Rooms: There are 8 classic walk-in tents, 4 on the wild and 4 on the tame side of camp. Each has en-suite bathroom with a shower, hand basin and flush toilet, a private deck, and tea and coffee making facilities. They can be configured as twin or double rooms. The Wild Mango honeymoon suite has a large deck with sweeping views of the river, a four-poster bed and an outdoor bathtub. The Hippo Pod can function independently with its own lounge and dining area, private deck and pool, though you can also use the lodge'd main facilities. It has 2 en-suite bedrooms. There are battery charging points in each tent.In total, the camp sleeps up to 20 guests.

Activities: Day and night game drives and game walks, river-based game viewing, canoeing, fishing trips and bird watching. If staying in the Hippo Pod you'll have your own guide and independent activities.

Facilities: The camp has a centrally located bar and lounge area with a large fireplace, set on a deck above the river with great views of the Zambezi. There are indoor and outdoor dining areas, an open-fronted library and a kidney shaped swimming pool with a sundeck and loungers. The camp provides a laundry service.

Dining: Meals are taken as a group at the main camp, though guests at the Hippo Pod can dine privately. Meal times are flexible, but usually as follows: breakfast between 06:00 and 07:00, brunch 11:30 to 12:30, high tea from 15:30 to 16:00 and dinner around 19:30, preceded by sundowner drinks and snacks by the campfire.

Children: Children aged 7 and over are welcome. Children must be kept under supervision at all times. Younger children may be accepted if the family is staying at the Hippo Pod. 

Health: This is a malarial area.

Communication: The lodge has internet access and there is limited mobile ‘phone reception. 

Notes: Kasaka River lodge will close for re-development on 17 January 2017

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Keith Jones

"The accomodation and the guides were good. There was little wildlife round the camp so we often saw little before getting into the main park."

Amanda Marks, Tribes
"Set higher than most lodges on the banks of the Zambezi the views from Kasaka are wonderful. I inspected this lodge before it was open for the season so I can’t comment on the detail of the rooms, but I met the managers (Yvonne and Mweka) and some of the staff, all of whom are obviously keen to make a stay here a very special experience for guests."
David Kennedy
"They were happy to accomodate our needs and changed things when asked."
Julie Spence
"The situation of this Lodge provided the best views looking over the Zambezi. The accommodation is being upgraded and will be even better. The food was well varied and well presnted. The managers and staff were excellent."
Julie Croucher, Tribes
"I loved Kasaka - a very friendly feeling to the place.  It's nice to have two completely different parts to it, this means guests can choose if they want to be on the river front or in the trees closer to the sounds of the bush!  I'd recommend this to anyone who wants good value and access to different activities, especially for visiting local villages and projects as Kasaka is right on the edge of all of this."

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