Kasaka River Lodge: Information from the owner
All the information on this page is supplied to us directly from the lodge owner and reflects their view, not ours.
For Expert Africa's view, see our own report, which contains our own observations and views.
|No. of rooms||10|
Main description of Kasaka River Lodge
Kasaka River Lodge: Facilities
|Room facilities||Balcony / Deck, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Verandah|
|Available services||Airport Shuttle, Credit Card, Laundry Service|
|Activities on site||(some activities may be seasonal) Bird Watching, Canoeing, Catch-and-release Fishing, Fishing, Game Drives, Game Viewing, Game Walks, Safaris, Walks, Boat Cruises, Boating, Child Friendly Activities, Cultural Tours, Fly Fishing, River Cruises, Animal Encounters|
Room types at Kasaka River Lodge
Kasaka offers an authentic and memorable safari experience set in a natural bush environment. We have two ‘wings’ to the camp - our cultivated ‘tame’ side has beautiful manicured gardens and indigenous plants whilst our natural ‘wild’ side, is set in a more rustic environment and is connected to the main lodge by overhead, wooden walkways to allow for the passage of wildlife within camp. Our 8 classic tents are large, walk-in style safari tents which accommodate two single beds or one king size. Each has an elegantly furnished en-suite bathroom with flush toilets and powerful, heated showers. Outside verandas create the perfect spot for watching the world go by on the river. Our honeymoon tent, Wild Mango, is located at the end of the 'wild' side and also benefits from a secluded extended deck and outdoor bath. The perfect place for viewing game on the banks of the river under the African sky.
Kasaka is proud to offer our guests a luxury family home, ideal for families or guests wanting an exclusive and private safari experience. Our home is beautifully finished and boasts handpicked furniture bought from local craftsman giving it a unique atmosphere. Offering two large canvas bedrooms with a lounge connecting them. Both rooms can be set to accommodate either double or twin beds and have en suite bath and shower. Furthermore the lounge can convert to provide extra sleeping space for younger children if needed. Hippo Pod has its own secluded deck and swimming pool supplied with sun loungers and its own area for private dining where morning coffee and evening meals can be enjoyed whilst overlooking the most spectacular Zambezi River. Guests can also enjoy the main facilities of the lodge including the bar area, viewing deck, swimming pool and dining area.
Activities at Kasaka River Lodge
The Zambezi River offers a variety of additional activities that few, if any, other destinations can offer. One such activity is a river safari which offers both morning and afternoon opportunities to view game from the comfort of a luxury boat.
Sit back and relax as your guide leisurely navigates the islands and main channels of the mighty Zambezi. Cruise the river looking at game, birds and enjoy some of the most spectacular sunsets you are ever likely to see. All without the bumps and dust of game drives.
Morning coffee or evening sundowners can be enjoyed from either the boat or from your own island in the middle of the Zambezi River!
One of the most leisurely ways to experience the sights and sounds of the Lower Zambezi valley is on a canoe safari. Our canoes seat two guests and a guide in comfort, with ample room for cameras and binoculars.
Canoeing offers you a completely different perspective as you glide gently along either the Zambezi and its beautiful channels or the Chongwe River, allowing you to fully appreciate the magical beauty of this incredible area and the creatures and plants that inhabit it.
It truly is a special experience for the nature lover using only the safest of routes where previous canoeing experience is not necessary, and lifejackets are provided. All you need to do is sit back, relax and watch Africa slip by!
Cultural Village Visits
The Chiawa Cultural Village was born of a partnership between conservation organizations (with Africa Wildlife Foundation as a key strategic partner), Lower Zambezi Lodges and the Goba people of Chiawa, championing a cultural tourism enterprise prototype that empowers local people to benefit directly from the tourism trade generated by the profusion of wildlife in the region. It is owned by the Chiawa community through the Tsika Development Company.
At the Chiawa Cultural Village, visitors will embark on a guided tour where they will learn about the lives of the Goba people, their traditions, trades, tools, edifices and arts including dance, song and handiwork of local craftspeople.
The Lower Zambezi is home to the tiger fish, nicknamed the “water dog,” whose sharp teeth are matched only by its fighting spirit and reputation as one of the world’s top game fish.
At Kasaka River Lodge we offer our guests the chance to head out onto the river in search of this formidable combatant, operating a strict catch-and-release policy in order to preserve stocks of this incredible fish. You can fish with both fly and popper.
Alternatively, you can try your hand at bream fishing on the Chongwe river itself, where a limited catch can be brought back to camp and served up with a delicious lemon butter sauce!
Fishing can be combined with game activities and all equipment is provided, with both conventional tackle and entry level fly rods available. We recommend serious fly fisherman should bring their own tackle. Please contact us for specifications and recommendations.
Driving safaris are all conducted in open 4X4 vehicles (Land Cruiser or Land Rover) with either two or three 'rows' of seats. We generally have 4, with no more than 6, people on a vehicle ensuring everyone has a 'window' seat.
Night drives are generally an extension of your afternoon game drive, canoe or walking safari. As the sun begins to set we stop to watch the day come to a close and as dusk falls set off to explore as the nocturnal animals start to emerge.
The best chance of seeing genets, civets, elephant shrew, porcupine and the fierce honey-badger is after sunset and the large predators, with the exception of wild dog, are most active at night. Night time birding can be very rewarding with nightjars, owls great and small, dikkop, bat hawk and coursers are all abundant.
The Africa night sky is simply magnificent and it’s worth coming all this way just to experience its vastness and splendour. The Milky Way seems 100 times brighter in the Zambezi Valley where there is no light pollution. We’re watched over by the Southern Cross, Orion and Scorpio amongst an infinite number of others and memories of sitting in awed silence listening to the distant call of lions, cicadas and a million tree frogs under the crescent of an African moon will live with you forever.
There is little to compare to the thrill of a walking safari, and we are fortunate to have some of the best terrain for exploring on foot in the Lower Zambezi valley right on our doorstep. Walking is the only way you really become intimate with Africa, learning about the small, seemingly irrelevant plants and animals which are often overlooked on a game drive.
We walk accompanied by an armed scout, and your safari guide will show you an amazing secret world of tiny wonders as he leads you slowly through the bush along ancient animal pathways, examining plants, trees and insects along the way.
Younger guests can enjoy tracking down recent visitors to the camp with a guided 'poo walk' within the lodge boundaries.
Restaurants at Kasaka River Lodge
Kasaka River Lodge
Guests at Kasaka River Lodge can enjoy communal dining in a variety of different locations, each with spectacular views of the Zambezi River. Our team of experienced Chefs prepare a wide variety of delicious meals using fresh and locally sourced ingredients. Meal times at Kasaka are fluid depending on the time of year and the choice of morning activity but a general guide is as follows Breakfast 6.00am - 7.00am. Watch the hippos stir and early morning game drinking from the river while you sip hot coffee and enjoy a light breakfast buffet. Brunch 11.30am - 12.30pm. After returning from your morning activity a buffet brunch is served. Join your guide and fellow guests to share tales of the morning’s adventures. High Tea 3.30pm - 4.00pm. Meet for drinks and a delicious, freshly baked treat before setting off on your afternoon activity Dinner 7.30pm - 8.00pm. After pre-dinner drinks and canapés, guests are seated for a delicious three course dinner. Guests staying at Hippo Pod have the option of dining privately or are more than welcome to join guests for meals at the main camp. We are also happy to arrange earlier dinners for any younger guests upon request and pre-arrangement. Our team of highly trained, local Chefs are more than happy to cater for any special dietary requirements you may have. If your food preferences or requirements could be considered out of the ordinary (vegetarian, vegan, gluten, dairy free etc) then we do ask that you inform us in advance of your arrival.