Zambia :: Great North
Category: Protected Areas :: National Park
Although declared a national park in 1972, poaching was rife in Kasanka until a British expatriate, David Lloyd, visited here in 1985. He saw the area’s potential and established the Kasanka Trust, obtaining permission to rehabilitate Kasanka National Park as a private entity. The trust built roads and rest camps, and soon a small profit was made from tourism. In 1990 Kasanka Trust signed an agreement to manage the park in conjunction with the community and the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW). Although initially dependent on donations, today the park sustains itself through the proceeds of tourism. It’s the first of Zambia’s parks to be managed by a private entity and all proceeds go towards conservation in the park and improvements in the local community.
|Postal :||The Park Manager, Kasanka Trust Ltd. P.O. Box 850073, Serenje, Zambia.|
|Contact :||Kasanka Reservations|
|Contact 2 :||Dion Scott (After Hours)|
|Cell :||+27(0)72 298 0777|
|Cell2 :||+27(0)82 728 0214|
|Email :||Click Here|
|Website :||Click Here|
|Host Website :||Click Here|
|Cellphone Reception :||Intermittent|
|Best Time to Visit :||All Year Round with hot wet season (November-April) and cold dry season (May-July)|
|Rates Quoted :||Per Person|
|Updated for :||2019|
|Comments :||Park fees are paid per day in the park (06h00 to 18h00) and not per night and paid at the gate upon entry in Zambian Kwacha. (Updated Apr-2019).|
|Payment Methods Accepted :||Cash, Electronic Funds Transfer|
|Fee/s :||Park entry fees for Residents: Residents Adults ZMW69pp/pd; Children (6 -13 yrs) ZMW35pp/pd. Foreign registered vehicles 3 tonnes ZMW295.80 per day USD per vehicle/day. Aircraft Local registered ZMW166.80 per landing Mulembo airstrip. (Apr-2019)|
|Tourist Information :||Yes|
|Facilities :||Lodging, Camping, Airstrip|
|Day Visitors Allowed :||Yes|
|Game Viewing, Game Drives, Tours and Excursions, Guided Walks, Mountain Biking, Fishing, Canoeing, Boat Trips, Bird Watching, Scenic Flights, Photography|
|Game to View :||Tsessebe. Sitatunga. Hippo. Sable. Antelope. Fruit Bat Migration (Nov to Dec). Shoebill Stork. Reedbuck. Waterbuck. Sharpe’s grysbok and the rare blue monkey.|
|More Activities :||During November and December witness the spectacular bat migration. Shoebill stork trekking. Nearby: Livingstone Memorial. Kundalila Falls. Nsalu Caves and other local community projects.|
|Notes on Activities :||(Some activities may be offered nearby).|
|Closest Town :||Mansa|
All campers should be self sufficient in terms of food supplies, own tents and equipment, as the sites only have a simple toilet, shower and shelter. Staff are available to help fetch borehole water from Wasa Lodge. (Feb-2019).
DRIVING TIMES & DISTANCES IN THE PARK:
Main Gate to Wasa Lodge Reception: 12km / 30 minutes.
Wasa Lodge to Pontoon Campsites: 10km / 25 minutes.
Wasa Lodge to Kabwe Camp: 15km / 45 minutes.
Wasa Lodge to Kapabi Campsite: 15km / 50 minutes.
Wasa Lodge to Luwombwa Lodge: 28km / 1 hour.
Wasa Lodge to BBC hide / Public viewing areas: 8km / 20 minutes.
Pontoon Campsites to Bat Hides: 4km / 10 minutes.
Tow-ins: +27(0)97 473 7848 / +260(0)96 676 1647 (Based in Lusaka). (2019).
Apart from Shoprite supermarket in the nearby town there is not much shops around the park, so visitors are advisable to always have enough food suppliers for their stay in the park. If you are on a fully inclusive pre-paid safari you shouldn’t need much more than for bar bills, tips and souvenirs. There is no water at the camping sites but campers have access to borehole water at Wasa Lodge within the park. (Feb-2019).
The park has a signal booster in the office which is at Wasa. Otherwise there is no cellphone reception in the park. There are a few pockets of signal but it's not great. (2019).
Credit Cards and Cash point machines - Credit cards are not accepted very widely in Zambia. None of the lodges in this the park accepts them. Unfortunately because of the signal issue the park does not have a card machine in the park. It is only cash or EFT. Carry enough USD or ZMW as that is the preferred currency in Zambia. (Feb-2019).
Wet Season between November to March is best for bird watching and Game viewing is best in the dry months from May to October.
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