A secluded haven
on the banks
of the Zambezi
An Idyllic location
Pakasangano Lodge is located on the banks of the Zambezi near the confluence with the Kafue River.
We have created an eco-sensitive camp in an area that blends into a natural bush environment amongst the native fauna.
The lodge is located in the game management area of the Lower Zambezi Valley, with an abundance of wildlife to be sighted all year round including water buck, impala, elephant, buffalo, hippo and crocodile.
Further down the river, within the Lower Zambezi National Park, lion and hyena are regularly sighted. Leopard and wild dog are not uncommon.
The Lower Zambezi National Park is accessible all year round by boat or canoe from Pakasangano Lodge.
Our lodge area has 7 en suite chalets, with wooden decks. The thatch roofs keep them cool. Some have a view of the Zambezi and some have a tranquil, rustic views of the surrounding vegetation. All have tea and coffee facilities, fans and air-conditioning. A chalet can accommodate 3 single beds comfortably or 4 at a squeeze. The en-suite bathrooms offer hot showers.
We have a beautiful shady camping ground for our budget traveler. Tents are pitched on manicured lawns in a relaxing cool environment. Ablutions are clean and tidy with hot water. Our staff light your camp fires in the evening should you require. Fire wood as well as charcoal are available and meals can be ordered from the lodge restaurant. The campsite is situated away from the main lodge area. Camping visitors can order meals from the Lodge Kitchen.
Food & Drink
The Lodge Restaurant
All meals are served in the thatched restaurant, on the banks of the Zambezi. Dinner is set out around under the African stars. Selected wines and local beers are also available.
Tiger Fishing at Pakasangano lodge is fantastic! The ideal Tiger fishing period is from September to April, but hooking a tiger and any other species during the winter months is not impossible. Fish tend to feed more during the summer months rather than the winter months. These are times when the annual fishing competition is held and you are welcome to have a go. Due to the ever conscious implications on the environment of the Zambezi River, fishing for Tiger Fish and Vundu is strictly catch and release.
The canoeing from Pakasangano Lodge is unbeatable and if you truly want to experience nature at its best and be up close personal with the wild, what better way to do it than from a canoe. Pakasangano generally works on a 3hrs to 3 day canoeing safari, but tailor made trips can be arranged to suit your interests. Our canoe safaris include a visit to one of our local villages to exchange traditions and meet the friendly population of the valley
Birdlife is abundant around Pakasangano Lodge with a variety of raptors, king fisher, water birds, and smaller birds commonly sighted. Trumpeter hornbill, Meyer’s Parrots, Lilian’s Lovebirds, Egyptian geese and Narina Trogon are but a few of the bird species which can be observed in the Zambezi Valley in abundance.
Bird watching is excellent from December to April, and good from May to November.
These depart in the late afternoon, and are included in every night stay in our fully inclusive rates for our chalets.
For those not on a fully inclusive rate, it is a small extra charge, but well worth it, as there is the possibility of seeing elephants, crocodiles, hippo, as well as many different bird species found in the Zambezi Valley.
Drinks are served on board, often accompanied by spectacular African sunsets.
The best months to visit for good game viewing are from May to December, particularly October.
Pakasangano Lodge is accessible by road all year round, a 4WD is not necessary, but a high clearance vehicle is recommended. From Chirundu there is an 11km gravel road to the bridge across the Kafue River, and thereafter, another 1km of gravel road to the Lodge.
By air: The closest airports are Lusaka International, or Royal airstrip, near the Lower Zambezi National Park, or for smaller charter flights, we can use the private airstrip on Chiawa Estates. Some of the scheduled and charter airlines that fly into Lusaka include, South African Airways, Emirates, Ethiopian Airways, Kenya Airways as well as Air Namibia just to mention a few.
If flying into Royal airstrip, a boat transfer can be arranged by ourselves.
We strongly suggest that malaria prophalactics be taken. Ask your Doctor before your departure. We are only 21kms from Chirundu with two excellent hospital in case of an emergency.
What to Bring
We are a very informal lodge. Our guests come here to relax, enjoy the safari, scenery and the fishing, so casual comfortable clothing is all you need. Do bring a warm jacket and long pants for the evenings. Hats, sunscreen, mosquito repellant, and good walking shoes are useful. For those memorable moments, bring along your camera and binoculars and a note book.
Transport & Transfers
Pakasangano lodge transport and transfer service is not limited to guests staying with us only. This service is extended to the surrounding camps and lodges as well as any passengers that are in need of transport to their desired destinations within and around Zambia. Transport and transfers are available by both vehicle and boat.
Boat transfers can be arranged to and from most places in the Lower Zambezi area.
Transfers are not included in the fully inclusive and full board rates.
Rainy/ warm season is December to March
Dry /cool season is April to December
The first rains begin in December and last until March -April. During this time, rain lasts one to two hours, during day or night but sometimes can be longer. The winter nights in July and August are cool, with winter days being warm and pleasant.
September to December brings hot days and warm nights. October is the warmest month of the year and is hot during the day as well as at night. After the first rains usually between December and March, the weather becomes warm and pleasant.
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