Zambia's second small town on Lake Kariba is roughly equidistant between Livingstone and Siavonga. It is a typical small Zambian town, originally built as the fishing and administrative centre for the southern lakeshore area, and is used mainly as an outpost for kapenta fishing. Despite the town's location, its centre is actually up the hill away from the lake, with a couple of simple restaurants, a small hospital and the appropriately named Budget Guest House, while Sinazongwe post office is actually a couple of kilometres further inland, at Sinazeze.
When the lake was first flooded Sinazongwe was a much busier harbour, and even had the only lighthouse on the lake. Although its prosperity has faded somewhat, it is well placed to become the hub of operations for Zambian tourism to Lake Kariba, and its first campsite has now been developed into attractive self-catering chalets.
Getting there and away
There's a good tar road from Batoka, signposted to Maamba Mines, on the main Lusaka–Livingstone road (30km northeast of Choma), to within 17km of Sinazongwe, and then the rest is a reasonable, all-weather gravel road. Hitching is certainly a possibility, and shouldn't be that difficult. If you're heading for Chikanka Island then you may be able to stop at Gwembe Safari Lodge in Choma and organise a lift with the owners. Driving time to/from Lusaka is approximately 4–5 hours, or from Livingstone 3–4 hours.
By air, light aircraft charters from Livingstone would cost around US$500 for a six-seater plane (five passengers), one way. Sinazongwe lies almost directly beneath the flight-path between Livingstone and the Lower Zambezi National Park – between which there are occasional direct charter fights. Organising a seat on these would be tricky, so you must check with a knowledgeable tour operator.