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4 Days Mesmerizing Safari in Lake Tanganyika, Zambia

Ndole Bay Lodge, Nsumbu National Park, Lake Tanganyika, Northern Province, Zambia

Unforgettable Safari in Zambia

Pause your daily busy activity to go on an exciting safari in Lake Tanganyika area while staying in the best accommodation safari lodge on Lake Tanganyika, Zambia. Nestled among lush tropical vegetation opening onto its own exclusive beach, Ndole Bay Lodge offers visitors a singular African experience on the shores of a unique lake. On this safari, you will have a lot of interesting things to do such as go on a sunset cruise, game viewing, fishing, rainforest walk, and many more!

  • Policy for children: Children from the age of 12 years are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.

Highlights

  • Game viewing
  • Kala Bay excursion
  • Kampasa rainforest walk
  • Sunset cruise and adventure snorkel cruise
  • Transfer from and to Ndole Bay Lodge
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Outdoor shower

Ndole Bay Lodge offers the best accommodation and activities on Lake Tanganyika in Zambia. The accommodations are built on a fantastically forested slope ending in the own private beach. All rooms are built mostly from natural materials with thatched roofs and breezy designs.

Discreetly set amongst lush tropical gardens and towering fig trees, the lodge is virtually invisible to the outside world. Please note that there is no TV at Ndole Bay Lodge but Wi-Fi access can be purchased from the bar (free with Deluxe Beachfront rooms).

A large swimming pool with attached kiddie pool near the bar area allows cool dips between serious relaxation. A large wooden deck is situated right on the lake providing a shaded recluse strewn with hammocks and sunbeds.

Spend the whole day reading, sun tanning, swimming, and snoozing. Step off the deck lead straight into the crystal clear waters of the lake. Don’t forget your mask and snorkel! There are a few short walks that can be done from the lodge, either a walk into Ndole village or up the hill to get a scenic view of the lake.

Deluxe beachfront chalet accommodation

‍Deluxe beachfront chalet accommodation with outdoor waterfall showers contains private wooden verandah opening directly onto the beach, outdoor waterfall shower and spacious bathroom with bath, queen-sized bed + one single bed (added on request), a dressing table with small stool, bedside lamps, wardrobe, kettle and tea / coffee facilities, bar fridge, swimming towels and masks and snorkels, fan, and Free Wi-Fi.

Standard ensuite chalets accommodation

Standard ensuite chalets accommodation contains rooms with variable sizes and bed configurations (two of these rooms can fit families with a double bed and two single beds, four rooms contain a double bed + one single bed, one room has twin beds and one room has a double bed only). Please specify your preference on booking. It also contains small attached bathroom with either a shower / bath and toilet, bedside lamps, fan, wardrobe, and dressing table with small stool.

Program

On this safari, you will have several activities such as PADI-certified intro dive or Kamasa rainforest walk, one sunset cruise, one adventure snorkel cruise, and one Kala Bay excursion.

Kampasa rainforest walk

Kampasa Forest is an isolated stand of Mushito forest (remnant-rainforest like vegetation). This is a stunning walk along the edge of a wetland and vast plain deep in the national park. The walk is about three hours in length and offers the widest variety of habitat and wildlife with excellent birding along the way.

Puku, bushbuck, warthogs, duiker, baboons, hippo, crocodiles are commonly seen, and elephant and buffalo are also occasionally seen. All walks are accompanied by an armed ranger for safety. Ndole Bay Lodge offers a variety of walks, all of which start and end with a boat trip from Ndole Bay. All walks are seasonal.

Kala Bay excursion

Kala Bay cruise and walk is the most popular activity in Nsumbu National Park. This is because of its great for animal sightings, namely elephants, hippos, warthogs, antelopes and various birds, as well as the gorgeous landscapes and calm reflective waters in the bay. This is always done late afternoon so that visitors can view animals when they are more active and enjoy the liquid blue and pink metal sunset as you travel home.

Included excursions

PADI-certified intro dive

The resident instructor is a fully qualified PADI professional, trained in Emergency First Response with extensive local diving knowledge. Coupled with experience in aquatic ecology (BSc, JCU) your experience is guaranteed to be a safe and educational one. Ndole Bay Lodge seeks to provide an experience suited to your personal needs and tailored to your experience.

With a biologically unique habitat at your doorstep, and the topography of the Rift Valley all around, diving in Lake Tanganyika provides something new and exciting for everyone, from adventure seekers to the simply curious.

Please note that pre-booking is essential for diving at Ndole Bay Lodge to avoid disappointment. The instructor is not always available, so please mention diving requirements on booking as you may have to be flexible with dates.

Sunset cruise

A popular activity for guests is the sunset cruise, departing at 16:30 and ending as the sun sets (approximately one and a half hours). The boat used is normally wooden dhow- L.V Sokonto but depends on client numbers. There are two routes:

  • Sunset Drinks Cruise: This trip is north of Ndole Bay alongside pebble fishing villages. You may see some wooden dhows being made is this is where the boat builders reside and if the weather permits you will see the golden sun setting behind the mountains.
  • Nsumbu Island and Fish Cages Cruise: This cruise travels east towards the town of Nsumbu and takes you past Mpende Fisheries bream cages and around Nsumbu Island, an old slaving island. You may also see some hippos in the Nsumbu Bay area. This cruise can be done in the day or as the alternate route for the sunset cruise.

Adventure snorkel cruise

The reef right in front of Ndole bay has been protected for years and offers some of the best snorkeling on the lake. Snorkel equipment is free to use for full-board guests and the best time for snorkeling is mid-morning when the water is clear and the sun is out.Most cichlids tend to display their colors best in full sunlight.

Adventure snorkel trips are a lot of fun and usually done in the custom-built dhow with plenty of shade and a ladder for easy access to the water. Ndole Bay Lodge has three or four sites within 30 minutes of the lodge that all offer something different in terms of habitat and fish life.

Location

Lake Tanganyika

This vast inland sea was first made known to the European world in the mid 1880’s by the English explorers Richard Burton and John Speke in their pursuit of the source of the Nile. The lake is bordered by four countries - Zambia in the south, Tanzania and DRC along the east and west coasts; and Burundi in the north. Commonly referred to the meeting place of Africa where north, east, west and south meet, the lake is a kaleidoscope of culture, landscape and nature.

The lifestyle of the lake inhabitants has changed little over the centuries while the influence of Arabia can be seen in the design of the wooden boats and dhows which ply this ancient trade route. Tradition is still strong in lakeside villages, where fishing is the way of life and respect for the Spirit of the Lake observed. Regarded as one of the most biologically unique habitats on earth, Lake Tanganyika is also a showcase due to its great stability and age.

Nsumbu National Park

At over 2,000 kilometer squares, Nsumbu offers a wilderness experience that is becoming a rarity the world over. With only Ndole Bay bringing visitors here, the likelihood of encountering another person is virtually nil.

An astoundingly diverse protected area that stretches from underwater habitats teeming with life, through floodplains, mysterious Mushito swamp forests and densely vegetated mountain slopes within a few short kilometers.

Arguably the most pristine shoreline of the whole of Lake Tanganyika falls within the Park boundaries providing scores of idyllic beaches and coves inhabited by hippo and crocodiles. The last significant Sumbu – Itigi forests in Africa are found here and form impenetrable vast stands of vegetation with their own unique assemblage of plants, insects, birds, and mammals. Whilst making game viewing difficult in certain areas the Itigi forests are a favorite dwelling of large herds of buffalo and elephant and a crucial part of the wider African ecosystem.

Features

Activities

  • Diving
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Hammock

Services

  • Internet access

Food

A massive central thatched area acts as a dining room, reading area, and bar. The restaurant provides three sumptuous set meals a day:

  • Breakfast: cereals, fruit, and yogurt along with a plated full English breakfast of eggs, bacon, beans, and tomato
  • Light buffet lunch: varied set menu
  • Three-course dinner: starter, mains, and dessert (varied set menu)

Ask the staff to see whats on today's menu, Ndole Bay Lodge always tries to serve fresh fish from the lake and organic vegetables from their own garden wherever available. Please send Ndole Bay Lodge an inquiry if you have special dietary requirements and they will do their best to cater to your needs. Vegetarians are welcome!

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Adventure snorkel trip 20 USD
  • Bubble maker (kids 30 minutes dive) 50 USD
  • Certified scuba local site 75 USD
  • Half-day fishing trip 90 USD
  • Kala Bay cruise 120 USD
  • PADI discover scuba 20 USD
  • Park walks 100 USD
  • Water sports (per 15 minutes) 15 USD

What's included

  • Game viewing
  • 1 Kala Bay Excursion
  • 1 Kampasa rainforest walk
  • 1 sunset cruise and 1 adventure snorkel cruise
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • Transfer from and to Ndole Bay Lodge
  • Unlimited use of kayaks and snorkel equipment
  • Laundry and Wi-Fi
  • DNPW park fees

How to get there

Arrival by ferry / boat

Ndole Bay Lodge has a reliable fleet of twin-engine craft which make lake crossings enjoyable, comfortable, and safe. Pick-ups are easily arranged for flights from the local airstrip. In Mpulungu, safe parking for vehicles and any trailers is possible with prior arrangement.

The trip across the lake from Mpulungu to Ndole Bay Lodge passes dramatic cliffs, valleys, headlands, and beaches. The looming outcrop of “Kapembwa” (spirit of the lake) or Yendwe valley shrouded in tropical fog ensures something unique. Depending on your budget, a range of boats are available for hire from Ndole Bay, making the trip anywhere from two to six hours, all with experienced coxswains and safety equipment.

A government operated ferry travels between Mpulungu and the small township of NSumbu where Ndole Bay is located. The ferry “Stella” travels most weekdays in each direction, please send Ndole Bay Lodge an inquiry for the current schedule. The ferry departs either point at between 07:30 and 10:00 and takes about six hours.

Ndole bay offers free pickups and drop-offs to the harbor in Nsumbu for guests booked with them. A great way to share a local experience, the ferry service runs on schedule and there are toilets on board as well as drinks and snacks, all seating areas are shaded. Please send Ndole Bay Lodge an inquiry for the latest schedules for the ferry. The ferry departs from the old Saint George fishery in Mpulungu and Standard Fisheries, depending on the day of the week.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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