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Kafue Explorer western Zambia

  • Kafue sunset by Chris Worden
  • Kafue roan antelope
  • Kafue elephants
  • Chopper approach into the Kafue
  • Kafue elephant from the air
  • Kafue sunset

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  • Zambia's premier safari spot
  • Top professional guides
  • 7-day safari, 2 camps

Kafue Explorer western Zambia

A 6-night safari in Kafue National Park combining two bushcamps to explore both the north and south

A highly skilled and qualified professional guide, who has an incredible passion for the natural regions of Kafue, leads this Exploration. Involving visitors in the adventure and guiding them on this journey of discovery is one of the guide's passions and he will happily share his vast knowledge of the natural world and the region's history and culture. His depth of understanding of animal behaviour and the environment will undoubtedly inspire you. 

Kafue National Park, Zambia's largest protected area, is easily accessible from Livingstone and Lusaka. Roughly the size of Wales, it extends over 9 050 sq km (8 649 sq miles). Largely underdeveloped, this pristine wilderness area is home to an impressive variety of big game including lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo and hippo. In addition, Kafue has some fascinating species unique to the area including Lichtenstein's hartebeest, sable, roan, puku, the diminutive oribi, and, incredibly, lechwe in their thousands. Boasting almost 500 recorded bird species; Kafue is truly a diverse African National Park and one of its last "wild frontiers".

The jewel in Kafue's crown is the Busanga Plains, located in the north of the Park. This is a vast flat expanse and forms one of Zambia's most significant wetland resources. Busanga is completely flooded during the wet season (mid-December to end May) by several rivers and tributaries, creating an enormous wetland of 750 sq.km (290 sq miles).  After the rains, the floods reach their height from March to May, and large pods of hippo can be found in the shallow pools that are left as the water recedes in the dry season.

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UK+44 (0) 1752 878858
+44 (0) 1752 878858
USA+1 (347) 708 1794
+1 (347) 708 1794
Canada+1 (647) 694 1402
Australia+61 (2) 8417 2176
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  • Where 

    This Exploration will start in Lusaka and finish in either Lusaka or Livingstone. Guests wanting to start from Livingstone must specify their request at the time of booking.

    Accommodation

    Accommodation at Lufupa Bush Camp is in four traditional thatch and brick units with en-suite facilities. Meals are served in the main area situated on the river and overlooking the Kafwala Rapids. Lufupa Bush Camp is situated in the northern sector of the Kafue National Park, on the banks of the Kafue River. The beauty of the park is evident in its diverse habitats with floodplains, miombo woodland, thick riverine vegetation and open grassy areas called dambos. There are resident prides of lion and leopard is frequently seen.

    Situated on the southern fringe of the Busanga Plains in the Ntemwa region, Musanza Tented Camp is located on the permanent pools overlooking the Lufupa River. The six semi-permanent tents are generously spaced to allow for maximum privacy. Each tent has crisp, pure cotton linen, duvets on two comfortable beds, a private flushing toilet and a shower area with a bucket shower. The remoteness and rustic appearance of this little camp enhances the 'pioneering' sensation of Wilderness' Explorations with dining under the stars. Being in an 'eco-tone' (area between two differing ecosystems), the Ntemwa area produces excellent game viewing in a variety of habitats, and is well known for its leopard sightings.

    Busanga Bush Camp  is located in the heart of the Busanga Plains, a true wildlife paradise. This small, intimate camp has four well-appointed tents. The lounge and bar area is under canvas looking out over the plains. The dining area lies under the shady canopy of a majestic tree from which an unusual lantern chandelier hangs, romantically lighting up dinner. The Plains are a wildlife paradise and are home to hundreds of red lechwe, ubiquitous puku, stately roan and the diminutive oribi. Lichtenstein's hartebeest, herds of wildebeest, zebra and buffalo make for a full set of antelope, which in turn attract numerous predators, including wild dog, cheetah and prides of lion.

    Highlights 

    • Explore the vast and unexplored Kafue National Park, one of Africa's largest and oldest wildlife reserves.
    • This Exploration uncovers the Kafue River and one of its arteries, the Lufupa River, as well as the unique Busanga Plains and the Ntemwa area, a unique eco-tone region between the Busanga Plains and the mixed miombo woodland. 
    • Experienced, knowledgeable and passionate guide travels with you throughout.
    • The diversity of the habitats ensures excellent all-round game and bird viewing with some unique specials.
    • Activities are varied, from birding to walking, fishing, boating, full-day picnics on the Busanga Plains, as well as both day and night game drives.

    Best Access 

    • If arrival is planned for the day of the safari's departure, please consider that this is with the British Airways flight from London arriving in Lusaka at 06h15 on a Saturday morning. Guests are required to be in Lusaka by 14h30 for light aircraft transfer to Kafue. Arrival on a later flight may necessitate additional road or air transfers into Kafue National Park (as departure for the first camp/lodge will already have taken place), subject to extra cost.

    Tips and notes 

    • Please note that this safari can either start or end in Lusaka or Livingstone. 
    • Certain departures operate in the reverse direction.  

    Price

    • US$3890 per person sharing - set departure dates
Enquiries and bookings

Contact the Zambezi team

Please let us have as much relevant info as possible...

Where 

This Exploration will start in Lusaka and finish in either Lusaka or Livingstone. Guests wanting to start from Livingstone must specify their request at the time of booking.

Accommodation

Accommodation at Lufupa Bush Camp is in four traditional thatch and brick units with en-suite facilities. Meals are served in the main area situated on the river and overlooking the Kafwala Rapids. Lufupa Bush Camp is situated in the northern sector of the Kafue National Park, on the banks of the Kafue River. The beauty of the park is evident in its diverse habitats with floodplains, miombo woodland, thick riverine vegetation and open grassy areas called dambos. There are resident prides of lion and leopard is frequently seen.

Situated on the southern fringe of the Busanga Plains in the Ntemwa region, Musanza Tented Camp is located on the permanent pools overlooking the Lufupa River. The six semi-permanent tents are generously spaced to allow for maximum privacy. Each tent has crisp, pure cotton linen, duvets on two comfortable beds, a private flushing toilet and a shower area with a bucket shower. The remoteness and rustic appearance of this little camp enhances the 'pioneering' sensation of Wilderness' Explorations with dining under the stars. Being in an 'eco-tone' (area between two differing ecosystems), the Ntemwa area produces excellent game viewing in a variety of habitats, and is well known for its leopard sightings.

Busanga Bush Camp  is located in the heart of the Busanga Plains, a true wildlife paradise. This small, intimate camp has four well-appointed tents. The lounge and bar area is under canvas looking out over the plains. The dining area lies under the shady canopy of a majestic tree from which an unusual lantern chandelier hangs, romantically lighting up dinner. The Plains are a wildlife paradise and are home to hundreds of red lechwe, ubiquitous puku, stately roan and the diminutive oribi. Lichtenstein's hartebeest, herds of wildebeest, zebra and buffalo make for a full set of antelope, which in turn attract numerous predators, including wild dog, cheetah and prides of lion.

Highlights 

  • Explore the vast and unexplored Kafue National Park, one of Africa's largest and oldest wildlife reserves.
  • This Exploration uncovers the Kafue River and one of its arteries, the Lufupa River, as well as the unique Busanga Plains and the Ntemwa area, a unique eco-tone region between the Busanga Plains and the mixed miombo woodland. 
  • Experienced, knowledgeable and passionate guide travels with you throughout.
  • The diversity of the habitats ensures excellent all-round game and bird viewing with some unique specials.
  • Activities are varied, from birding to walking, fishing, boating, full-day picnics on the Busanga Plains, as well as both day and night game drives.

Best Access 

  • If arrival is planned for the day of the safari's departure, please consider that this is with the British Airways flight from London arriving in Lusaka at 06h15 on a Saturday morning. Guests are required to be in Lusaka by 14h30 for light aircraft transfer to Kafue. Arrival on a later flight may necessitate additional road or air transfers into Kafue National Park (as departure for the first camp/lodge will already have taken place), subject to extra cost.

Tips and notes 

  • Please note that this safari can either start or end in Lusaka or Livingstone. 
  • Certain departures operate in the reverse direction.  

Price

  • US$3890 per person sharing - set departure dates