Driving Routes to Kasanka


Directions from Lusaka / Copperbelt:

Driving to Kasanka from Lusaka or the Copperbelt will typically take you about 5-6 hours. The roads are all tarred up to the park entrance and currently in excellent condition.

Take the Great North Road passing through Kabwe on to Kapiri Mposhi. Pass through Kapiri and after about 4 kms turn right towards Mpika and Tanzania. Passing the Mkushi turn-off, and you will reach the Serenje turn-off, clearly visible with a Lake Petroleum and Serenje Gas Pad. It is recommended to fill your tanks here as it is the last fuel stop. Continue on the main road for 36km until you will find a tarred road on your left signed to ‘Mansa’. Turn left here, and continue for 55km, at which point you will see a large sign to Kasanka and the park gate on your left side. The gate is always manned, and you will receive further directions from here to Wasa camp, which is 11kms from the gate.

Directions from the Luapula Province:

If coming from Luapula Province, the Kasanka turning is on the right hand side about 72 kms after the Luapula Bridge. (Do not get confused by signs before Luapula Bridge to Kasanka Village, Mission and Clinic!)


Directions from Northern Province or East Africa:

Turn right towards ‘Mansa’ 200kms south of Mpika. The park gate is 55 kms along on the left hand side and clearly marked.

Stopover Accommodation:

Stopping over is always part of driving! Coming up from Lusaka to Kasanka there is a guest house in the Mkushi area about half way from Lusaka to Kasanka called The Forest Inn. It is about 260 kms from Lusaka on the right hand side and is open 24 hours for drop-in guests.

Further along the road you reach Serenje. The town lies about 4kms off the main road, and as you enter you will find the Mapontela restaurant and Guest house. They have nice guest rooms and a restaurant with more variety than any other in town! (Even if you don’t stop in Serenje you will need to fill your fuel tanks here before continuing north as the next stations are Mpika or Samfya).

Going further North, Mpika has decent accommodation at the DDSP guesthouse along the Kasama road. If you continue to Kasama you should look up Thorntree Lodge for a bed.

Travelling between Lusaka and South Luangwa the only recommended stopping point is Bridge Camp near the bridge camp over the Luangwa river.

We can make bookings for you to any of these establishments as part of your safari if you have fixed dates.

Flights to Kasanka

Most visitors coming from overseas choose to fly directly into Kasanka by private charter as we have our own airstrip in the park (12deg 33’South 30deg 09’East) and an aircraft based We can arrange the air charters from anywhere in Zambia. It is a about a 1 and a half hour flight from Lusaka, 1 hour from Mfuwe in the Luangwa, and just 45 minutes from Ndola.!

Sky Trails Ltd is an independent charter company which is based in Kasanka N.P. so that there is usually as aircraft available locally for air charters to, from or around the area. If you need any help or advice in planning your itinerary or arranging charter flights, please contact us.