Konkamoya Lodge is in Zambia's Kafue National Park and offers a range of activities which can easily warrant a 3 night stay. It is the only lodge on Lake Itezhi-Tezhi, which covers an area of 370 square kilometres including grassy banks and plains, rocky bays and areas of submerged trees which provide a haven for water birds and fish.
The lodge is small and intimate with currently just 4 large tented rooms, sleeping a maximum of 8 guest at any one time. Each tent has a bedroom, bathroom with full running water, living area and lake-facing veranda.
There are 2 lapas, the name given to the meeting place in a traditional Zambian village. These open-air communal areas are used for group meals and for relaxing between safaris, where you can sit back and take in the fine views and watch animals by the lake shore. Each evening the campfire is lit and after dinner the dark skies are perfect for star gazing.
Guests at Konkamoya are encouraged to use their time to explore the African bush in a variety of ways, led by an expert guide. The wildlife around Konkamoya is varied and plentiful with the lake providing a welcome water source for all species. Elephant, buffalo, zebra and many antelope species including roan, puku and waterbuck are present. Kafue is known for its populations of wild dogs, and there are groups present near Konkamoya, a real bonus for safari-goers. Activities include day and night drives, showcasing different aspects and species, and bush walks which leave you with a deeper understanding of nature. You can also visit the elephant orphanage near the lodge where young aniimals are cared for prior to release into the wild.
Open: Konkamoya Lodge is open from mid-June to mid-November, the dry season.
Location: Konkamoya Lodge is by the Itezhi-Tezhi Lake in Kafue National Park. This is a remote, little-visited area. The nearest airstrip is at Ngoma. Komkamoya is about a 5 hour drive from Lusaka and 7 hours from Victoria Falls.
Rooms: There are 4 thatched roof tents set on raised wooden decks almost a metre above the ground. Each has a bedroom, lounge, and bathroom with hot and cold running water for basins and showers. Private decks overlook the lake and are screened by trees and bushes for privacy. All tents face east and are perfectly positioned for watching the sunrise. They are supplied with solar-powered electricity, and have mineral water and tea and coffee making facilities, and are cooled by breezes blowing from the lake.
Activities: Game drives in open-sided 4x4 vehicles. These set out from camp just after sunrise and about 2 hours before sunset each day. The afternoon drive usually includes sundowners and a return to camp looking for nocturnal species by torch light. Guided walks are available. It is also possible to visit the nearby elephant orphanage, where you can observe young elephants being prepared for release into the wild.
Facilities: There are 2 lapas, open air meeting areas, for dining and socialising around an open fire. They are great spots from which to watch wildlife by the lake while enjoying a drink from the bar.
Dining: Meals are eaten communally.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome, though only those over 6 years can take part in safari activities. Children under the age of 16 must share a tent with their parents.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access.
"Wow! This place really did tick all the boxes for me - Chris's guiding is absolutely superb, he has the amazing ability to make everything, even the little things that you see on a game drive really fascinating! The location is like nothing else in Kafue - it feels like you are on the coast with the 'beach' and the tranquil lake. One of the great things about staying here is the wide range of activities you can do - I'd recommend a stay of three or four nights."