Kasaba Bay Lodge
(13 chalets) Contact via Naturelink at PO Box 15585, Sinoville 0129, South Africa; tel: (2712) 543 3448/9; fax: 543 9110; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kasaba Bay Lodge is within the park, and the nearest of the three lodges to Mpulungu. Its chalets all overlook the lake, most of them standing separately. They are spacious, brick structures with thatched roofs and, inside, polished stone floors. Originally this was built as one of the 'presidential lodges' for Kenneth Kaunda. All the chalets have en-suite showers and toilets. Mossie nets hang over the beds, and colourful fabrics lighten the mood. None have air-conditioning or fans yet, but there are plans to change this.
The main lodge has a deck overlooking the lake, and space to eat inside or out (under a large tree). The wooden-panelled bar occupies a corner of the dining room, complete with a few photos of the lodge as it was and some local carvings. Historians will note that it was here that Mozambique's president Samora Machel met regional leaders before he caught his fatal flight in 1986 from the lodge's airstrip.
Boats are available for hire, fro US$30–150 per day. Game drives or boat cruises are US$10 per person, walks US$5 per person, all based on a minimum of four people.
Finally one spot well worth an excursion is the balancing rocks (one large rock balancing on three small ones) which stand on the Nundo Head Peninsula – it's a favourite trail destination shrouded in local mystery.