Nestled close to the junction of four countries – Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe – and near the meeting place of the mighty Zambezi and Chobe Rivers, Kaza Safari Lodge is a water-bound wonderland perfect for Tiger Fishing. With over 100km of waterways to traverse, Kaza Safari Lodge lays a mere 80km upriver from the Victoria Falls. Surrounded by rippling beds of pink-tinged water lilies, the lodge lies protectively beneath the branches of a 700 year-old Baobab tree under which, it is said, David Livingstone camped. Here lies promise of excitement by day; tranquility by night.
Kaza Safari Lodge Location & Specs
Check in time: 14:00
Check out time: 10:00
8 river-facing wood and thatched chalets, which can be either double or twin bedded.
Each Chalet features:
- A wooden deck with a river view
- En-suite bathroom with toilet, shower and hand basin
- Ceiling fans, gauze screen doors and mosquito netting
- Small safe
- 220 volt AC electricity is supplied by generator, with standard South African three-point plugs in each chalet
- Daily laundry service is complimentary
- 2 Guide rooms (not the same standard as a guest unit)
Thatched main complex consists of:
- An elevated deck built around an ancient baobab
- Dining area with individual tables
- Lounge and bar area
- Infinity swimming pool and fire pit
- Small reference library
- Curio shop
- Free WiFi available in the public areas
- 24 Hour Power Supply
- Morning Zambezi River Safari cruise (08:00 to 11:00) includes conservancy fees, tea, coffee, biscuits or rusks and bottled water.
- Afternoon Zambezi River Safari & Sunset cruise (15:30 to 18:30) includes conservancy fees, snacks, soft drinks, local spirits, beers, wines and bottled water.
- Afternoon Cultural & Sunset Boat Cruise on the Zambezi River (15:30 to 18:30) includes snacks, soft drinks, local spirits, beers, wines and bottled water.
- Fishing: conventional and fly fishing. Basic tackle will be provided but it is suggested that serious fisherman bring their own equipment. Lost lures will be charged for.
- Guided walks on the island including afro-botanical walks, cultural village walks and a walk to a 2000 year old Baobab.
- Ox cart tours.
- Birding walks.
- Morning Chobe Game Cruise (08:00 to 11:00) includes conservancy fees, tea, coffee, biscuits or rusks and bottled water. Includes a 10 min island road transfer to the game cruise site.
- Afternoon Chobe Game Cruise (15:30 to 18:30) includes conservancy fees, snacks, soft drinks, local spirits, beers, wines and bottled water. Includes a 10 min island road transfer to the game cruise site.
Note: All activities are about 3 hours in duration.
A morning Chobe Game Drive is included free of charge for guests who stay 2 nights or longer. This includes water and road transfers (immigration formalities will apply). Park fees, water and soft drinks are included.
- Activities can be arranged on a private basis (3 hours in duration including 25 litres of fuel per room per day-any extras to be settled direct.)
Should guests wish to extend their activity (e.g. fishing) a surcharge of R250 per person per hour will be levied (non-commissionable).
- $50pp (non-commissionable) will be levied should guests wish to return to Kasane Immigration for a day activity – water transfers take approximately 45 min one way.
- Day activities can be pre-booked with your Flame of Africa consultant – please ask her for full details.
Wow! I booked this lodge to do the Tiger fishing and what I got was luxury, good food, great service, room on the river, birds, hippos, otters, crocodiles, friendly staff, great fishing guides, beautiful pool…..and did I mention the tiger fishing. I’m a fishing guide for peacock bass in Hawaii and it’s been a dream of mine to catch a Tiger fish. My friends and I arrived midday and as soon as we got there lunch was served. Soon after lunch we wasted no time getting our fishing gear ready for our first tiger fishing experience. Our expert guide Robson had us on fish within minutes. These Tiger fish are strong fighting, high jumpers and a blast to catch. Everything you want in a sport fish! After catching a bunch on dead bull dog baits we switch over to some silver spoons and copper spoons to see if we could get some on lures. Robson creeped us near the rapids and hippos where we hook a couple monster tiger fish that ripped out 30 yards of line down the rapids and jumped 5 feet into the air and shook out the hook. And this was only the first afternoon!!! The next two days we spent all day fishing for these amazing fun fighting tiger fish. Caught some on bait and got a few big ones on the secret (copper) spoons;) If your thinking of booking this lodge look no farther….book it! Great place for a family holiday, romantic getaway and amazing Tiger fishing. Thank you “Flame Of Africa” for recommending this beautiful lodge for my most memorable fishing adventure. Thanks Robson for getting us on all those fish! I’ll be back for that BIG one that got away. Lol. Aloha-Chris
Reviewed 1 February 2016
chrishawaii – Honolulu, Hawaii
I loved my stay here so much. For me it was like heaven. I literally had tears when the woman opened my cabin door and I walked in. It was everything I needed and nothing more. The cabins are along the water and it sounded so beautiful all the time plus it looked beautiful as well. You can sit on the porch and look at the small water animals playing outside. I used the pool and watched a different view of the water from there. I walked down to the bird house and saw another view. I sat on the chairs near the dock and got another view. It was just so peaceful and relaxing. The Namibian people aren’t as jovial as we found the people in Zimbabwe and Botswana but their history is different. The small gift shop was quite good considering where you are. If there are a few people buying they seemed to get more deliveries so the inventory stayed fresh and the prices were very reasonable. Each night (we spent 3 nights) when we returned from the afternoon boat trip the staff had set the dinner table in a different way in a different place which made it unique and something to look forward to each night. The boat trips were amazing. I will say I most wanted to see hippos and this was hippo central. So amazing to be near them in the boats. We saw over 20 at one time bobbing up and down. I never tired of them but I recognize others did. 🙂 The man who led our afternoon boat trips was named Titi. Very nice man. Works very hard to make sure you see the animals but don’t scare them. We had a group of 9 and he couldn’t please everyone – sometimes someone said he went too slow then the next night the person said he went too fast. 🙂 I found him to do a great job trying to please everyone while probably knowing he never could. LOL Just amazing to see how much pride he and the others have of their hotel, their island, their home. Others have mentioned they were bored. Please go prepared. No tv. No radio. Can’t walk too far from the property either but if you go prepared to read, rest, drink, swim and chill you won’t be disappointed. 🙂 Only regret it took me so long to write the review. Holiday season seemed to take over once I returned and just closing these reviews up now. Email me any questions or hesitations you have. Glad to answer…Enjoy!
Reviewed 1 March 2016
Susanila B – Chicago
My daughter and I spent 3 nights at Kaza Lodge a few weeks ago. The staff were so attentive and obliging. They were friendly and went out of their way to ensure that our stay was comfortable. TT tried really hard to give us a great fishing experience – my daughter caught a 24kg catfish and her first Tiger Fish. The accommodation was really lovely – wonderful views, the food was outstanding. I highly recommend this lodge if you want peace, quiet, excellent service and a real African experience. 5 stars and well done on a great holiday
Reviewed 10 March 2016
Clyde A – London, United Kingdom
We stayed 3 nights at Kaza as part of a 17 day safari in Southern Africa. As we approached the lodge by boat I was very excited to see the cabins along the river. We were assigned, however to cabin #1 which was not on the river (also cabin #2) and had no view except for a thicket of trees and tall grass. It was much warmer (there was no breeze) and we experienced a lot more insects than those staying in cabins 3 through 8. We were with a group of friends and there was a great difference in their experience because of the accommodations. We spent our free time sitting in the Lodge because it was so much more pleasant. That being said, the staff was efficient and the food was very good. Evening meals were enjoyable and the ambiance was excellent. We enjoyed our fishing trip with Robson.
Reviewed 24 December 2016
Pamela528 – Discovery Bay, Ca
We saw an advert in the Go Magazine and decided to take a spontaneous trip up to Kasane to see the Victoria Falls and stay over at Kaza Safari Lodge. From the vehicle transfer to the jetty…to the boat ride to the lodge, we were treated like royalty. I have never experienced such excellent service and we were only there for one day and one night. On arrival we were greeted by the most friendliest staff and briefed in detail on how things work at the lodge. We were also treated to the most delicious food. Staff provided excellent service and were always closeby for any assistance we needed. I would highly recommend this place to anyone who enjoys a private, peaceful getaway….experience heaven on earth and visit Kaza Safari Lodge. You will be seeing us again in the future.
Reviewed 1 January 2017
I loved this place; not only was it a relaxing setting, but the tiger fishing was fun (although I was not successful in catching one) and the river cruising was enjoyable. The staff was great and the food was good. Loved hearing from the locals about their experience in gaining independence.
Reviewed 5 February 2017
jparker0907 – Chicago, Illinois
You get to this lodge by boat, through reedy waterways – about a 20 minute cruise. You pass homes and villages that time hasn’t touched, then you arrive at this beautiful lodge on the banks of the water near where the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers meet. The reception and common area of this thatched roof lodge is built around a huge baobob tree, giving it a true Africa atmosphere. We sat in the lobby and watched the vervet monkeys forage in the trees, and egrets and large monitor lizards scour the grassy shore for food. The rooms are separate cabins, reasonably well appointed, though no blow dryer. The beds were comfortable and the showers had plenty of hot water (provide by propane fueled heaters). The rooms had a wall of mosquito netting to protect the bed area, but we still had to use the hotel-provided Doom and Peaceful Sleep sprays to minimize being bitten. We were there in winter, but only needed regular clothing. We slept with the louvers open and enjoyed a nice cool cross breeze in the morning. We were escorted back to our rooms at night, as hippos, whose grunts we could hear all day long, sometimes come ashore and graze their garden at night. The meals were very good, though I could have done without the officious lady who interrupted dining conversations by loudly tapping a glass to announce each course of the meal – I suggest a blackboard, lady. This is a great spot to enjoy a cultural experience versus the safari experience. We took walking tours into the nearby villages, and went on river rides to see the amazing array of birds, spot an occasional hippo and crocodile, and of course, the spectacular sunsets. Nice spot for about 3 days
Reviewed 28 May 2017
Akafay – Tucson AZ
This lodge was so different from our other “bush” lodge stays. The island is accessed by boat and it is the most lovely piece of land. Most of the rooms are located right on the water and they all have wonderful decks. I enjoyed my morning coffee on our deck every day while watching birds and monkeys. The food at this unique lodge was good, although it would have been nice to have some snacks available at the bar. Speaking of the bar…it was rarely staffed. An hour before dinner, we always like to have a cocktail, but the staff was busy cooking dinner. I think the staff could use a little hospitality training, but other than that they were completely helpful. Our party of 16 took over the whole lodge which was great for family bonding. The rooms were surprisingly luxurious and there are many improvements being made (new showers being installed, new generator).
Reviewed 27 July 2017
In May, we stayed at the lodge for 3 nights. We highly recommend this lodge. The staff was absolute fantastic. The food was not only good, but the presentation was amazing. Everyone we encountered there seemed to do everything that was possibly within their power to make sure our stay there was the best it could be. The views of the river from our cabin was amazing – both sunrise & sunset. They even brought us coffee to our room – over & above the already high standard of care. The cruises & the walks with the guides were wonderful. We highly recommend a stay at this lodge. We hope to visit again in the near future! We do recommend that you make sure to have all the lights off when you leave the cabin in the evening & to cover the spaces under the doors to the deck to limit the bugs. And the more you interact with the staff, the happier you will be! They are amazing!
Reviewed 17 June 2018
pshurd – Everywhere USA
I joined my husband for a long weekend at Kaza Lodge. He traveled from Livingstone by road, while I flew into the new slick Kasane airport from Johannesburg. We met at Kasane immigration where we were picked up by our lodge guide and helped through Botswana and Namibia customs formalities. A 45 minute boat ride along the lovely river brought us to the lodge. Built around an 800 year old Baobab tree, its thatched roof and wooden deck has views over the Zambezi river from the dining and lounge area. Inviting loungers beckon around a rim pool.
The staff are warm, welcoming and friendly and we were treated like royalty. The manager, Raphael, was always on hand to answer questions and assist in any way.
Our room was at the very end of the walkway; spacious and comfortable with a small deck and lovely river views. Constant hot water, 24 hour electricity, mosquito nets and an air con for those guests not familiar with Africa and its creatures should put paid to any previous negative reviews!
We enjoyed our fishing attempts on the river and side channels with TT, loved watching the diverse water birds from the boat and gained insights into the lives of the fishermen living on the Island.
Our meals were delicious, well presented and generous. Staff were delightful and our comfort and enjoyment was paramount to them.
As Impalila island is not in a game park, we did a boat cruise along the Chobe for some close up game viewing.
A great weekend! Thank you to everyone at the lodge and at the Flame of Africa offices.
Reviewed 16 July 2018
Peglegg – Johannesburg, South Africa
We stayed at the Kaza Safari Lodge as part of our trip to southern Africa. The Lodge is a beautiful place to stay in a rather remote location. From the veranda, at the Lodge, we saw river otters surfacing just beyond the dock. At night and in the early morning the hippos could be heard in the river. The staff at Kaza were excellent and the meals were great. A truly great place to stay
Reviewed 25 July 2018
gfgal_13 – Amherst, Massachusetts
While staying with a group at Kazza Safari Lodge in Nabibia, Africa I did not want to take yet another safari, but rather immerse myself in n the local culture. .Raphael, the camp’s General Manager offered to become my personal tour guide into the inner workings of a village. I even helped to mud a house with elephant dung. Thank you, Raphael for a perfect and creative ed afternoon!
Reviewed – Jul 18
cherylnaylor – Tallahassee, Florida
Beautiful, well appointed cabins overlooking the Zambezi River. We stopped here for 3 days rest in the middle of a busy safari trip. Wonderful location, lodge and service. Enjoyed nature by boat. Meals were fantastic.
Reviewed – Aug 18
Carolann M – Toronto, Canada
by Patsy Curley–29 Aug 2018
Patsy Curley This lodge, along with our stay at Okavango Delta, were my favorites of the five lodges we visited in our month in Africa this summer. Our guide, Charles, was truly excellent.