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“Beautiful Lake - didn't want to leave!”
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Ndole Bay Lodge
Lusaka, Zambia
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful Lake - didn't want to leave!”
Reviewed November 3, 2011

After a hot dusty drive the Lake was amazing. Stayed 3 nights, camping under the winterthorns, right on the sand, next to the scenic lake. Enjoyed the choice of outdoor or indoor showers with lots of hot water. Very relaxing and enjoyed the hammocks and watching the water birds and otters fishing and playing. Boat trip was great fun and even caught my first ever fish - with expert help! Good food and very well stocked bar. Very friendly, relaxing and didn't want to leave!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Cahors, France
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Reviewed October 9, 2011

We wanted to see the Tanganika lake, Ndole bay is a nice place to relax, to fish, to boat and to dive with an excellent teacher, Craig. He knows evrything, all fishs.
We stayed in Ndole bay only 3 nights and it was not enough. It is quiete and the restaurant is good. Thank you Elise and Craig
Thank you all the staff
And it's better to go to Ndole bay via Mpulungu by boat than by road via Kasama and Mporokoso. They can arrange the transfert.
I hope we will come again
J.Luc & Laurence

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed February 15, 2009

I stayed here for 5 nights because I wanted to dive in Lake Tanganyika in Zambia, the DRC and Tanzania. It’s one of the few places on the lake you can dive recreationally and Craig did an excellent job in arranging my transfers and whisking me around the lake. Nothing was too much trouble and he really worked hard to make the pricing work for me. He is a marine ecologist who used to work at a fish farm catering to aquarists so can also explain about the unique cyclids and the lake’s ecosystem.

Craig is one of those rare individuals who can do just about anything, which is just as well as this is a very remote place and one needs to be self sustaining. Most visitors drive the 12 hours from Lusaka, but you can also charter small planes. Be warned that fuel prices in Zambia are sky high due to government taxes!

His Australian partner, Elise complements him well and they take turns seamlessly cooking gourmet meals. The rest of the staff here are also helpful and friendly. Craig and Elise are young and enthusiastic and have a range of activities for visitors to enjoy while on the lake: diving; fishing; picnics; lake safaris; hiking to waterfalls; observing wildlife and they are even planning on offering microflights when Elise gets her license!

The lodge is set on a lovely stretch of white sand beach which has been in Craig’s family’s hands for 20 years. The lodge has stone floored rondavels covered in thatch with adjoining bathroom. You can also camp in tents (already set up) for half the price of staying in a chalet. There is no electricity except by generator from 6-9:30PM, but you can give batteries and anything else you need charged to Craig or Elise and they will charge it via solar power. There is also no mobile phone network, although this is supposedly set to change. Internet was also down but this is temporary. There is plenty of hot water. Rooms and facilities are very clean.

It’s a friendly place where you can mingle with other guests (very pleasant and interesting) or not as you please.

This is a terrific place where you come as a guest and leave as a friend. I came back with my batteries completely re-charged. This place is a real gem!

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  • Stayed January 2009, traveled solo
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Property: Ndole Bay Lodge
Address: Ndole Bay | Lake Tanganyika, Nsumbu National Park, Zambia
Location: Zambia > Northern Province > Nsumbu National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Nsumbu National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ndole Bay lodge is located on the shores of Lake Tanganyika on its own private beach.Acommodation ranges from camping, 2 x non ensuite, 8 x ensuite, 2 x double luxury beachfront chalets with private deck and indoor waterfall shower feature and also a 2 bedroom luxury beachfront chalet with adjoining lounge.Activities here are many and there is a lot to do. We offer:Fishing, PADI SCUBA diving, snorkelling tours, scenic boat cruises, walks in Nsumbu NP, watersports such as tubing/wakeboarding/waterskiing, kyaking and just relaxing on the beach.Its great for families, fishermen and honeymoon couples alike. ... more   less 
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