Ndole Bay Lodge is situated on the South Western shore
of Lake Tanganyika in far Northern Zambia near the small town of Nsumbu
and Kasaba Bay airstrip. Lying just outside Nsumbu National Park there
is direct access to the road from either Mporokoso or Kaputa directly to
Nsumbu township. High clearance vehicles are essential and 4x4
recommended in the wet season (Dec – April).
From Mpulungu and Kasaba Bay, Ndole Bay is accessible by boat.
GETTING THERE: LAND, AIR OR WATER
SELF DRIVE TO NDOLE BAY
LODGE VIA, KASAMA OR MANSA.
SELF DRIVE TO MPULUNGU
THEN BOAT TRANSFER
COACH TO MPULUNGU THEN
ROUTE HIGHLIGHTS FOR
KASANKA NP AND
NORTH LUANGWA NP
Chishimba, Ntumbachusi, Kabweluma, Nkundalila, Mambalima,
ROUTE HIGHLIGHTS BY
is now offering twice weekly flights (Mondays and Thursdays) from
Lusaka and Ndola to Kasama. The Plane gets to Kasama at 10am on both
days. From Kasama airport there are two options to get to Ndole Bay
1. We have
agreements with local operators in Kasama to offer a return transfer
service from Kasama Airport to Mpulungu where we will collect by
boat. This option involves a boat transfer from Mpulungu to Ndole
Bay (see below). This option will get you to Ndole Bay by 1500hrs
and back to Kasama on the day of your departure in time for the
flight back to Ndola/Lusaka.
2. The Pro flight aircraft can
also be chartered from Kasama on the same day you arrive there to
Kasaba Bay airstrip where we will collect you by boat. This option
gets you to Ndole Bay Lodge in time for a great lunch!
Please enquire if
you would like further information on these options or contact
can also be arranged from any major airport in Zambia, please
enquire if you would like more info on this and we can suggest a
good company to contact. For larger groups (8-12) ZFD offers very
good rates from Ndola International Airport direct to Ndole Bay.
The airstrip at
Kasaba Bay is undergoing major upgrades during 2010 and will be
operational as an International Airport by mid 2011. If you are in a
private aircraft please ask us which landing strip to use, during
major works aircraft are advised to land at nearby Nkamba strip.
Please check with
us if any special flight deals are available, especially around
Ndole Bay Lodge has a reliable fleet of twin engine
craft which make lake crossings enjoyable, comfortable and safe. Pick
ups are easily arranged for flights into Kasaba Bay.
In Mpulungu, safe parking for vehicles
and any trailers is possible with
prior arrangement. The trip across the lake from Mupulungu to Ndole Bay
Lodge passes dramatic cliffs, valleys, headlands and beaches. The
looming outcrop of "Kapembwa" (spirit of the lake) or Yendwe valley
shrouded in tropical fog ensures something unique. Depending on your
budget, a range of boats are available for hire from Ndole Bay, making
the trip anywhere from two to six hours, all with experienced coxswains
and safety equipment.
From Mpulungu it is also possible to get a place on board a transport
boat bound for Nsumbu. Ask around the lakeside markets but it is
possible you will have to wait for it to fill up. Without "booking" the
whole boat, single fare should be no more than about K60 000 (eq.
US$15). These boats are large wooden dhows pushed by an outboard motor
and can be extrmemly colourful with all variety of people, goods and
livestock. However they can take as much as 10 hours if there are any
stops between Mpulungu and Nsumbu. From Nsumbu it is 10 minutes by boat
or 1 hour walk to Ndole Bay Lodge, usually there are vehicles in Nsumbu
that could be hired to drop you off at Ndole.
Ndole Bay Lodge (by boat). (Kapiri
The road is tarred all the way to Mpulungu. Excellent from Lusaka/Copperbelt
to Kasama, the last section has some potholes so drive with care.
The complete network of dirt roads from Kaputa to
Mporokoso, Kasama and Kawambwa has undergone extensive rebuilding in
2007 and although dirt are all in excellent condition
(Kapiri –Ndole 1069km).
Tar road ends just outside Kasama on the Mporokoso side.
Nsumbu/Ndole. (Kapiri – Ndole 1160km).
Tar Road ends just after Nchelenge.
Ndole/Nsumbu. (Kapiri – Ndole 1160km).
NOTE: Avoid taking the road from Mansa directly to
Kawambwa as it is in poor condition. Go via Mwense and Mbereshi (on the
way to Nchelenge).
Final road leg
The road from either Mporokoso or Kaputa to Nsumbu
township runs through Mutundo gate (National Park Entrance), although
fees are not payable here since it is a transit route. This road decends
the escarpment with Nsumbu and the lake in view. A few kilometers after
the descent and several kilometers before Nsumbu township there is a
left hand turn (signposted to Ndole Bay Lodge and Mpende Fisheries).
Take this left and continue for several Kilometers through villages.
Continue straight passed the fisheries turnoff to the right and go
passed the school. The road then continues descending through Ndole
village and after a left curve the Lodge beach is visible. Follow the
road round and into the lodge.
Northern Zambia is an absolute water lovers delight, with a vast
array of stunning waterfalls making an ideal overnight camp site. Of
special interest is Lumangwe falls and Ntumbuchasi falls, the former
often referred to as the Victoria Falls of the North. Both these
waterfalls are on the road leg from Mbereshi turnoff to Mporokoso. Both
are signposted and have friendly caretakers to provide information and
firewood. There are some basic thatched roofs and drop toilets. Only in
this remote part of zambia can you sleep as close to the falls as you
want beside a fire and under the stars. Both acess roads are good and
from Lumangwe falls it is possible to visit the little known Kabweluma
falls by road. Another undiscovered paradise.
here to download and print a two page .doc with detailed directions
for various road routes to the Lodge.
Car hire can be arranged through a local agent, please ask if you would
There are regular train services between Kapiri Mposhi
and Kasama through to Dar Es Salam, Tanzania. From either Kasama railway
station or Kapiri station, it is easy to get buses to Mpulungu or