Kasaka River Lodge
Lodge style Spectacular spot
Warm, responsible, unspoiled.
Set in the Chiawa Game Management Area bordering the Lower Zambezi National Park is the Kasaka River Lodge. Kasaka offers a fantastic riverside location on the banks of the Zambezi River, directly across from the Mana Pools in Zimbabwe. This is a true relax-and-put-your-feet-up destination: nothing pretentious but replete with a passionate staff and great service, all combined with some of the best wildlife sightings of Africa. What else to expect? Guides armed with a true love for nature, great gin & tonics from Sam, game viewing with a ‘non-intrusive enjoyment’ policy, nights so quiet you can hear a pin drop (along with residential hippo Frank grazing outside) and flexible safari activities – even a full day safari is part of the options.
Set in a natural bush environment there are eight classic tented chalets with en-suite facilities, the popular, Hippo Pod family unit, and a honeymoon suite affording maximum privacy with stunning 270° views of the river. Each tent is tastefully decorated with an authentic African flavour, making you feel grounded and at home from the minute you settle in. The tents are clustered on either side of main living and deck areas that are situated in the middle. It is up to you on which side you want to stay: do you want to be in the ‘tame’ area, or take a walk on the wild side? The ‘wild’ area of tents can only be accessed by hanging bridges and is seemingly suspended over an enchanted forest, while the ‘tame’ area has lush green lawns in front of the tents. The outermost tents on each side are more luxurious: Kigelia (on the tame side) and the other, Wild Mango (the Honeymoon Tent) is located on the wild side. Kasaka's outdoor, communal main and dining areas are at the heart of the camp and breathe that classic, nomad safari vibe. Set overlooking the beautiful Chongwe and Zambezi rivers, with the escarpment providing a dramatic backdrop, the view is truly stunning. Soak it up while experienced chefs prepare delicious meals with locally sourced ingredients, and elephants splash themselves with their nimble trunks.
Activities at Kasaka River Lodge
Kasaka is just four kilometers by road from the Lower Zambezi National Park. Game viewing here is not limited to just game drives. At Kasaka, they offer a variety of activities on both land and water. What does a day at Kasaka look like? The itineraries are quite flexible, so you can create your own pinch-me perfection safari days: rise early (around 6 a.m.) for a light breakfast and watch the hippos on the riverbank while you sip your coffee or tea. After the first morning activity, brunch is served. Share morning adventures with other guests over delicious cold and hot breakfast dishes. As said, in Kasaka it is all about relaxing, and this is the time: siesta! Homemade pastries and tea are served in the afternoon, before it is time for the afternoon activity, which could be another game drive, leisurely canoe tour or river safari, or even a thrilling walking safari. Fishing is also highly recommended, since the guides here are great fishermen. They love to assist you, or your children, catching an impressive Tiger Fish. After all these impressions, it is time to kickback around a roaring fire, a three-course meal and some more – guess what – relaxing.
Tripadvisor comments Kasaka Lodge
A lovely lodge we stayed there 4 nights and had a lovely time, there are so many activities the one i liked best was canoe trip, it was so nice and peacefull. The staff and guides are very good too. The tents and food all was excellent, cant fault this lodge.Chrissie3
This was our first stop on our journey through Zambia, and it was wonderful! The service is superb, the food excellent, and the tent was clean and well furnished. We had a great guide, and everyone did everything possible to make sure we had the best time. The safari cruises and canoeing were great fun.Julia B from Miami, Florida
What a great place, I spent 4 nights at Kasaka and from the moment I got off the plane to when I got back on it, the Kasaka team were very welcoming. My tent was fabulous and very comfortable. Quality and plentiful dining experiences, their attention to detail was appreciated. The knowledgeable guides (thanks to Joseph) were most helpful and they managed to find a number of birds I hadn't seen before. Plus it was fun to have the elephants and Frank the hippo so close to my tent at night. Gosh it was hard to leave. Thanks Mfune, Dottie, Joseph and team for making my stay so memorable.Liz H from Perth, Australia