(7 bungalows) Tel/fax: (South African) +27 (0) 18 381 2076; mob: +27 (0) 82 873 2657; email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com; www.sakazima.com
About 28km north of Sesheke, the turning to Sakazima (GPS:TUSAKA) is only 4km beyond the one for Zambelozi. This small fishing camp is located on a group of five islands in the Zambezi. It was initially built just for personal use, by Ian Lowe and Dave Thelford. This first 'private' camp was completed in 1996, but was later expanded to take paying guests in 2000. When I talked to Ian at the lodge, he was at pains to stress how careful they were not to remove any of the island's trees when constructing the lodge, and there's still a lush, tropical feel about the place – lots of wild date palms (Phoenix reclinata
), African mangosteens (Garcinia livingstonei
), ebonies (Diospyros mespiliformis
), knobthorns (Acacia nigrescens
) and the occasional pod mahogany (Afzelia quanzensis
). It's still used by its owners as a get-away, but now also welcomes visitors and is managed by Hannes Bezuidenhout.
The camp currently boasts seven bungalows, each with an en-suite bathroom with a shower, toilet and wash-basin. The water's heated by individual gas boilers, and there are plans for a swimming pool which will be filled with river water. The lodge caters mainly for birding and fishing parties – with great fly-fishing opportunities on the rapids. When whole groups book the lodge then it's possible to do so on a self-catering basis, but most visitors will stay on the 'inclusive' rate which includes the use of a fishing boat and rods, mokoro rides, short nature drives in the nearby bush, and guided birding walks (typically lasting 2–3 hours).