It is the longest lake in the world at 673 kilometers long. It is the second deepest lake in the world at 1,470 meters deep. It holds nearly one sixth of all available surface freshwater on earth. It is home to 400 species of fish (including the Goliath Tiger Fish and Tanganyika Nile Perch), a jelly fish, water cobra, fresh water shrimps, mussels and countless other invertebrate species. Ninety eight percent of this myriad of life is found nowhere else on earth. The lake is the route of the oldest passenger ship in the world which is still in active service. Along its shoreline are plunging waterfalls (including Kalambo Falls), pristine beaches, isolated rainforests and the longest portion of lake shore that is totally protected, Nsumbu National Park.
I am sure you have guessed by now that we are of course talking about Lake Tanganyika. Although Zambia only has a small portion of Lake Tanganyika’s waters, it has arguably the most beautiful and diverse of the lakes shoreline. While we might not have the sea in Zambia we certainly do have beautiful lakes and this special part of Zambia is an absolute must for your bucket list. If you are not sure where to stay, read on...
Just outside Nsumbu National Park is Ndole Bay Lodge, one of only two lodges in the region. Nestled discretely along the shore with a long private beach and forested hillside, Ndole Bay offers a wide range of accommodation options. A shaded beach front campsite for the independent adventurers, standard rooms for those who can't live without their creature comforts and luxury beach front suites if you are looking for something special. A fully stocked bar and great restaurant complete the setting and a beautiful beach deck to enjoy ice cold sundowners on, tops it off.
This privately owned lodge is a perfect gateway for discovering one of Zambia’s most unique destinations. With ample activities on offer Ndole Bay Lodge really does offer something for everyone. Get under the surface with Zambia’s only PADI scuba diving resort, fish for giant perch or feisty emperor cichlids, walk virtually alone in the National Park, isolated rainforests and vast plains. The wildlife might not be that of Luangwa but there is something special about gazing at a herd of elephant at the edge of an endless vista of water, knowing you are the only one seeing it. Getting out on the water is easy. If the high speed catamaran doesn't tempt you, perhaps the classic dhow or kayak will. Whether you want to hike to Kalambo falls, snorkel amongst hundreds of colourful fish or relax in a hammock, you can set your own pace of discovery.
Be sure to check out www.ndolebaylodge.com for more information or email the lodge directly. Ndole Bay Lodge have a special running until December 15th 2011 where if you stay for 5 nights you only pay for 4.
Enjoy planning your lakeside adventure and until next time ciao from us all.
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