Kasaba Bay Lodge: Luxury Accommodation On Lake Tanganyika Shores

Kasaba Bay Lodge lies on the shores of Lake Tanganyika within Sumbu National Park. It is easily accessible from Mpulungu town by boat.

The resort was originally built as one of the 'presidential lodges' for Zambia’s first president, Dr Kenneth Kaunda.

Kasaba Bay LodgeView of Kasaba Bay Lodge (Courtesy of Kasaba Bay Lodge)

You can relax and enjoy the views of Lake Tanganyika, the longest and deepest fresh water lake in the world. Or you can enjoy any of the activities including fishing, swimming, snorkeling, bird watching and water skiing.


  • Birding
  • Game Viewing
  • Fishing
  • Boat Cruises
  • Boating Safaris
  • Walking Safaris


Kasaba Bay Lodge offers luxury accommodation in well-furnished cottages all with private verandas and en-suite bathrooms. Cottages are built separately overlooking the lake.

Out And About

The Lodge is synonymous with Sumbu National Park and the Lake Tanganyika where a lot of attractive range of water activities are on offer. For game enthusiasts, Sumbu Park has it all. Sightings of lion, elephant, Roan antelope, crocodiles and Sitatungu are yours to be enjoyed.

Lake Tanganyika

Lake Tanganyika is located in the northern province of Zambia and it’s shared by Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Tanzania and Zambia. But only 7 percent of its surface area is within Zambia. Lake Tanganyika is home to more than 350 different species of fish and fishing is the main economic activity.

By volume, Lake Tanganyika is the second largest freshwater lake and the second deepest after Lake Baikal of Siberia. In Africa, it is the second largest lake after Lake Victoria. Ruzizi River in the north is the largest inflow into the lake.

Fishing On Lake Tanganyika

Fancy yourself an angler? November to April (during the rainy season) is the ideal time to visit Nsumbu National Park for fishing. Nsumbu is a renowned fishing destination along the shores of Lake Tanganyika.

Fish species most common are lake salmon, yellow belly, golden perch, catfish, Nile perch and tiger fish.

Nsumbu National Park

Nsumbu National Park covers an area of 2000 square kilometres which includes part of the shores of Lake Tanganyika.

The Park has a wide range of wild animals. The most common are: bushbuck, warthog, puku, roan, sable, eland, hartebeest, zebra, duiker, crocodiles, antelope, sitatunga, hyena, side-striped jackal, serval, impala, waterbuck and reedbuck.

Nsumbu National Park is also home to big game like buffalos, elephants and hippos. Sightings of leopard and lion are not rare.

Best Time To Go To Kasaba Bay Lodge

Most areas of the park are accessible during the dry season. The season is best for game viewing because this is the time when wildlife congregates along the shores of the lake for water.

Construction Projects In The Offing

As of June 2017, the government of Zambia engaged a contractor form Singapore to build a five star hotel at a cost of US$ 115 million. This is in a bid to boost tourism investment in the Northern Tourism Circuit, which includes Northern and Luapula provinces respectively.

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