Wasa Lodge is located twelve kilometers from the main park entrance, on a gravel road. The Lodge overlooks Lake Wasa where a variety of animals and birds may be seen.
Accomodation consists of eight thatched en-suite chalets, three of which have small private verandahs overlooking the lake. The lodge is ideally located for visiting the hide at Fibwe and also the bat viewing hides during the bat season when between eight to ten million Straw-coloured fruit bats visit Kasanka from October for two and a half months to feed on wild fruits.
Early morning and late afternoon game drives are conducted in open vehicles with sundowners enjoyed watching the sun setting before returning to the lodge with the anticipation of spotting some nocturnal wildlife. Guided walks with an armed escort and/or guide can be arranged. Self drive guests and day visitors are welcome to go on their own game drives through the park. However, guests must be aware that this is a National Park and this means that visitors cannot walk around or leave their vehicles without an armed escort.
Additional to the rates are park fees which are payable to the Zambian Wildlife Authority at the entrance to the park. Park fees are $7 for residents and SADC, and $10 for internationals per person per day. Vehicle fee is ZMK15 for a Zambian registered vehicle and $15 for an international vehicle.
Wasa Lodge is run by the Kasanka Trust Ltd which is a non profit organisation. With the tourism income two national parks are managed, and various community outreach programs for people living close to the parks are organised.
Photos courtesy of Chris Meyer