Wasa Lodge

Wasa Lodge

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Lake Wasa, Kasanka National Park Zambia
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pragati9 wrote a review Dec 2021
Zambia
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is our second visit to Kasanka National Park and both times we stayed in the chalets at Wasa lodge.I reviewed it last year too.
Last time the Kasanka management responded to each query I had This time over they over did themselves. I had to postpone my visit TWICE and each time they kindly gave me another date. This is so well appreciated specially in times when postponement and cancellations are the normal way of travelling. A big shout to Lydia , you are a gem.
The hospitality at Wasa is unparallel. The staffthere is respectful and eager to assist. The food marvelous hence the enjoyment factor is high.
This time over we were accompanied to Musolo platform by the guide Dingy and guard Kalowa. Both quite knowledgeable. The rains were less this year ,so the walking part was pleasant and not water logged like last time. We were about 15 minutes early which Dingy spent telling us about the bats, their feeding habits, the threat they face etc. Then the bats started flight and soon the sky was filled with specks of black. Numerous photos, videos were clicked.
After 30 minutes or so the sky is bat free. Where do the millions vanish? Apparently feasting on musuku fruits and the water berries.
We walk and then drive back to the lodge to enjoy the excellent 3 course meal. Next day after a lazy breakfast we bid adieu to the place grabbing the sandwiches and the apples the lodge so kindly provided for our trip back to Kitwe.
A 1000 Km trip done and well enjoyed.
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Date of stay: December 2021
Room Tip: Choose the newly built chalets.
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Cornay wrote a review Nov 2021
Lusaka, Zambia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wow, wow, wow. We visited Kasanka National Park for two days in November. We being myself, my wife and our two kids. We stayed at the Kapabi Tented camp and the experience was amazing. Looking out over the dam at the birds (A fish Eagle) and the crocodiles was simply awesome.

The bats was simply unbelievable. You cannot put it into words. The accommodation was also amazing. The camp attendants, Doubt and Emmanuel were great. They helped with everything. The tents are basic but very clean. Two single beds with Linen as well as a solar light. There is a flushing toilet as well as a shower which the guys prepared for us. There is a Kitchen tent with Cutlery and Crockery which you can use. They also have a gas stove that can be used for cooking. There is however no fridge or cooling facilities. There is a huge fire pit where the guys make fire, however no grill to braai anything on.

Some suggestions which could be considered.
- Clearer Signage to the camps and hides. We got lost a few times
- A grill at the fire pit where one can braai on
- Look at grading the road. I will not advise travelling there with a car. We used a Renault Kwid and although we made it to the camp we could not travel to any of the hides.

That all being said, this was still an amazing experience. Thank you very much Kasanka. See you next year
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Date of stay: November 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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BevBehrmann wrote a review Nov 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Wasa Lodge for the bat migration. The bats exceeded expectations. A real bucket list experience. The guide was absolutely excellent. The setting of the lodge is beautiful on the lake. However the lodge itself is clearly lacking management and maintenance. For the price paid it seriously needs attention. The rooms are very basic - but clean. No one explains anything on arrival so you end up having to ask endless questions to be able to know what's going on. No ice yet ice trays are left empty in the sink that no one has bothered to fill. Ran out of certain mixers. The food itself was basic but very tasty. Great service at meal times. The park itself has minimal animals so wouldn't visit if it weren't for the bats.
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Date of stay: November 2021
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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John M wrote a review Nov 2020
Coventry, United Kingdom
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This lodge was the exception to the norm on our trip to Zambia in so much as it was a bit tired and run down. We also were not keen on the vehicle used. It seemed to be a converted pick up with the driver and spotter inside the cab whilst we were left at the mercy of the Tsetse's. There is very little game other than the bat migration which was spectacular and the usually elusive sitatunga antelopes. For this reason I would only recommend a two night stay at this lodge. One to see the bats and the other to see the sitatunga, of which we were lucky enough to see several groups including one group of 14 animals. We also saw the endemic Kinda Baboon.
Rooms were just about adequate and not particularly clean, but staff were friendly and helpful including Marley, our guide, who tried his best to find us something unusual to see and did manage to find us a Marsh Mongoose to see for the first time.
So, not anywhere near to being the best lodge we stayed at but definately worth going to for the reasons stated
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Date of stay: November 2020
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pragati9 wrote a review Dec 2020
Zambia
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in Wasa for one night.The lodge is next to Wasa lake and is breathlessly beautiful specially in rains as everything around turns green.The dirt road to lodge is good.We had 2 chalets for family of four.One of the chalet is newly built and is nice with sliding doors and a view of lake as you rest on the bed.It has outdoor shower too and the caretaker lights fire for the boiler for shower.The dinners and breakfast was part of the package,cooked by Justin was excellent.
Ofcourse most of the bats had left by this time,end of December.Also, the rainly season is not the time to visit any national park but we were hoping to see a few.We went with guide Simon and guard Emmanuel to BBC hide and saw few hundred.It was just a trailer and I vowed there and then to come again in next bat season.Climbing the 15 metre hide was an experience in itself and our boys,aged 12 and 16 thoroughly enjoyed.Next day we went to Wasa walk and enjoyed that experience too.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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RichMsa wrote a review Dec 2014
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Wasa camp is what it is - a remote, unsophisticated bush camp on a lake shore that affords convenient access to indigenous forests, wonderful bird life and, of course, the annual fruit bat migration (which could comfortably be one's sole bucket list entry).

The food was great - don't be shy to ask for more
The bar is well stocked
There's lots to do (river canoe, birding, game drives, walks) including settling in with a good book
And the staff are an absolute pleasure...

This isn't an upmarket lodge where one feels as though the staff are constantly lobbying for a generous tip - it's just a friendly, authentic, learning African bush experience that, after 5 days, one couldn't face leaving...
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Date of stay: December 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: The rooms furtherest away from the main area worked well (5 and 6) for us and they had donkey...
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TakamiseTours wrote a review Mar 2013
Schöllkrippen
5.0 of 5 bubbles
ON our Zambia round trip over three weeks we discovered also the Kasak National PArk, well-known as hidden gem in Zambia. Especially for the invasion of the straw-coloured fruit bats coming in october/november in millions to that park.
We had a lovely stay at Wasa Lodge - very friendly and superb guides and service. Luwomba CAmp further in the park is also worth a stay. Marvellous game drives with the experinece of seeing sitantungas in their natural habitat. another higlight was climbing the Fibwe Hide and the other wooden "towers" they built in the park for watching the bats. Great experience.

We can really really recommend that place ! If people travel through Zambia without visiting that place man can´t help ...
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Date of stay: August 2012
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Trip type: Travelled on business
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Livingstone, Zambia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This remote Lodge in Kasanka NP some 100km North of Serenje is a beautiful place. The staff is very helpful and welcoming. We choosed self-catering but here it only means you bring your food. Brighton, the chef here, will cook for you and I can tell you, he cooks excellent. The rondoval huts are overlooking Lake Wasa. Hot showers are provided at any time of the day on request. Access to the Lodge is easy even a small car can do. Activities are game drives and game walks with a main focus on birds. Kasanka Trust is now managing Lavushi Manda NP as well and has set up new campsites there.
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Date of stay: July 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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ChrisBurchfield wrote a review May 2013
Chico, California
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We recently visited both Shoebill and Kasanka. The facilities at Shoebill were depressing and we opted for self catering, which lowered the price considerably from $370 p.p.per night. But this did not make up for the very dirty bathrooms and shabby overall appearance.

We camped for $10 a night pp, five nights rather than spend $370 pp per night at Wasa, where the facilities did not warrant half the price of full board.

Spent three mornings at the Fibwe HIde without seeing sitatunga--which, despite my suspicions--the Kasanka website claims are guaranteed. The staff member present, Ernst was very pleasant and helpful, But this could not compensate for the lack of game. Much of this had to do with the tall grass of May. If I had been directly told that May was a no-no month, I would have come in July.

The rangers at Pontoon Camp who were dressed in tiger striped uniforms appeared unmotivated, This maybe why we heard shots near camp at 2 pm one afternoon. The poachers are that brazen. Even if the park is operated by Europeans, if those Europeans do not mix on a day to day basis with native Zambians on their anti-poaching patrols the Trust's investment, and the Park's wildlife will shortly be a matter of the past.

While on the subject of Zambia wildlife decimation, I was astonished when told by three different individuals that in all of South Luangwa National Park, just 50 lions were left. This means they will never return to the enormous game management area that surrounds Kasanka, and therefore never return to the park itself.

Aside from Ernst, the feel of Kasanka's miombo woodlands, the night cries of side striped jackals and the greater and lesser bush babies were the highlights of our visit.

Chris
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Date of stay: May 2013
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Negotiate with the operators to lower the full board prices at Kasanka. Was told by our guide...
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Nigel_Voaden wrote a review Apr 2013
Burntisland, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We paid a short 48 hour trip to Shoebill Island camp in late April 2013. The prime focus of the trip was to see the spectacular and unique Shoebills and we were successful in seeing at least five individuals, three of them at relatively close range. The sheer numbers of waterbirds was staggering and we also saw other specialities such as Katanga Masked-Weaver and Luapula Cisticola. Short game drives in drier areas yielded literally thousands of Black Lechwe and we also saw good numbers of Tsessebe and back in the boats lucked in on a fine male Sitatunga.

In late April we were the first guests of the season and chartered a flight in with Skytrails from Ndola, the airstrip had dried out sufficiently to be practical however much of the rest of our transportation was by boat. This time of year is definitely for the purests with spectacular scenery and numbers of wildlife however there are plenty of mosquitoes and access realistically is exclusively by plane which is obviously a little expensive but not extortionate.

The camp itself could do with a little work, small things just to freshen up appearances however it is understood funding has been received to do this. The staff were very friendly and accommodating and the service was excellent. The guides in particular knew the birds very well and worked tirelessly to ensure we saw what we wanted. The food at the camp is basic but considering the conditions it is actually rather good and there was always plenty and it was always tasty. Quite how they made Lemon Meringue pie out there was astonishing.

It's a little rough around the edges and not the most comfortable camp in the world but it takes you to another world, a hidden gen of a wilderness that few know about and even fewer visit. It's probably an experience more for the purists but to anyone who might be thinking about I would say go as there are some breathtaking wildlife experiences to be had.
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Date of stay: April 2013
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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pragati9 wrote a tip Dec 2021
Zambia816 contributions125 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Choose the newly built chalets."
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Anne S wrote a tip Jul 2015
Oslo29 contributions29 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The three huts with stove heated water are the most luxurious"
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Evdl wrote a tip Mar 2015
15 contributions4 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"All chalets are on the river, however the smaller chalets have a bucket shower."
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RichMsa wrote a tip Dec 2014
38 contributions24 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"The rooms furtherest away from the main area worked well (5 and 6) for us and they had donkey geezers instead of bucket showers"
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Gudrun H wrote a tip Nov 2014
Lusaka, Zambia1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"For good value take the all inclusive package as transfers to the bats are part of game drives, plus you can spend the day on guided hikes or canoeing trips without extra costs."
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