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Kasaka River Lodge
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Kasaka River Lodge


... is located in the Lower Zambezi area of southern Zambia.

Upsides ...

In a beautiful riverside position just outside the gorgeous Lower Zambezi national park, this modest lodge represents a decent compromise between price and quality, with pleasant hosting and decent guiding. An unusually wide range of activities includes vehicle safaris, night vehicle safaris, walking safaris, motorboat safaris and canoe safaris. Highlights should include some intense lion and elephant action.

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Downsides ...

The main potential downsides are the relative simplicity of the lodge design and build, the fact that it is just outside the main reserve, the extremely high temperatures in Oct/Nov, the potential for weaker wildlife viewing during Apr/May and the fact that they offer fishing as an activity.

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When to visit ...

Jun/Oct ... is the dry season in Zambia and generally considered to be the best time to be out on safari as the majority of animals converge on the few year round water sources. During the early part of the season, May/Jun, night time temperatures can be rather low, so do bring warm layers and a decent jacket. The grass and foliage cover can also be a little high during the first month or so, making it a little bit more difficult to find the animals. Towards the end of the season the wildlife viewing should be at its absolute best, but it can become extremely hot and humid day and night. Visitor numbers are relatively high, but this tends not to be too much of an issue here.

Nov/May ... is the green season, with showers being possible at any time, but generally focussed on Dec/Feb when they can become persistent. This rain can cause many of the minor tracks to become difficult and increase the grass and foliage cover, both of which make wildlife viewing more challenging. However the bush looks beautiful, with lots of wildflowers and baby animals. Visitor numbers are very low, except for the Dec/Jan holiday season, and prices are often considerably reduced.

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A few words about prices ...

We are specialists in helping our guests to build the very best and most suitable safaris for the lowest possible prices. A safari can be a very expensive undertaking and we always do everything we can to meet your target budget.

Further up this page you will see our guide price for this place. This is the high season rate per person per night sharing a double room. For most people this should represent a worst case scenario, since various discounts usually apply at other times of year.

We guarantee that the prices we charge will be the same or, more often than not, considerably less than if you were to book directly with the owner. We also guarantee to match or beat any legitimate competitive quotations. Additionally, all our itineraries have fully itemised pricing, so that you can see exactly how much each element costs, which should provide you with great reassurance and help you to make decisions when fine-tuning your trip.

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How we like to include this camp in trips ...

Lower Zambezi is a really lovely park. The main reason to include it in a safari through Zambia is in order to take advantage of the water-based activities, which are not available in the more popular South Luangwa national park. So the two areas are commonly combined in trips.

We have been including Kasaka River Lodge in trips for many years now. We tend to recommend it most often to guests who want to include this high quality area whilst also keeping a lid on costs. Compared with somewhere like Chongwe River Camp there are compromises to be made in terms of build and service, but there are also considerable savings to be made, the two probably offering similar price performance in their respective price ranges.

The usual stay duration is 3 to 5 nights.

Taking a slightly broader perspective, we often find ourselves confronted by the choice between this Lower Zambezi area and Mana Pools, which lies immediately across the river on the Zimbabwe side. For decades the whole of Zimbabwe has been rather marginalised politically, but in recent years it has been making a big comeback and we tend to use it more and more frequently, especially for guests who are looking for a more earthy and hard-hitting safari. It also tends to be a great deal cheaper for the same level of quality.

Lower Zambezi is the second most popular area for safari in Zambia, after South Luangwa, with which it is commonly combined, along with time at the Victoria Falls in Livingstone, in trips of 7 to 14 nights.

These areas are also often commonly combined combined with parts of neighbouring Malawi, Zimbabwe and Botswana in particular.

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