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Mukambi, Kafue National Park Zambia Ntanda Ventures
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KAFUE NATIONAL PARK SAFARI 

The oldest and largest national park in Zambia, Kafue is only a four-hour drive from Livingstone and Lusaka. Because of its excellent game viewing, stunning environment, and endless nature, the park is a favorite among tourists. Kafue is a great spot for families with loads of child activities, couples will love the romantic  backdrop and exquisite camps and boating activities.

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Highlights

Kafue National Park 

  • Endless exploring in Kafue National Park which is the oldest National park in Zambia and 2nd largest sanctuary in the world.

  • Discover the home of 152 different species of mammals including hippo, cheetah and tree- climbing lions.

  • Have a quiet and authentic wildlife experience in this little-visited wilderness

  • Enjoy various landscapes with rivers, wetlands and endless plains. 

  • Spot up to 494 bird species during birdwatching tours

  • Get romantic with the stunning sunsets and lovely boat trips

Kafue National Park is a truly diverse part of Zambia, with landscapes ranging from flat, open grasslands to woodland and huge granite hills. You can take your pick when it comes to spotting wildlife.  The flat grasslands are the perfect place to see buffalo, zebra and wildebeest, in the swamps you find huge herds of hundreds or thousands of the red Lechwe antelope. Kafue is also one of the best places to visit in Zambia to see lions, leopards and when lucky cheetahs and wild dogs.

First established as a National Park in the 1950’s by the legendary Norman Carr. Game viewing can be hard due to the size of this park, therefor skilled guides make a big difference.

African Parks together with the Government of Zambia are working to develop and protect Kafue further to make the park even more interesting to visit.  

NORTH KAFUE NATIONAL PARK

Zambia’s best kept secret is the Busanga Plains in the North of the Kafue National Park. Which is home to one of the few known breeding sites for endangered wattle cranes.

The Busanga Plain where the Lufupa River flows has an area of 720km2 of palm groves, papyrus-choked reed beds and lily-covered lagoons. The stunning wetland wildernesses is superb of the beaten track destination, though can be  difficult to access in the wet season from November to May.

 

- The "swamp" lions of Busanga are an absolute highlight and offer incredible encounters as these cats move around the floodplains.

- Birding diversity is incredible due to the water, fig tree islands and floodplains. 500 bird species have been recorded.

- Lechwe are in North Kafue in extensive populations and the topography of the land makes it a photographer’s haven!

- A wide variety of species is found on the plains including Lion, Cheetah, African Buffalo, Hippopotamus, Oribi, Roan, Lechwe, Zebra and Blue Wildebeest and elephants.

 

Camps in the Busanga – Shumba camp, Busanga plains camp, Chisa Camp, Kasonso and Ntemwa-Busanga Camp.

Camps in the North Park- Fig Tree, Mapunga, Macbrides, Hippo Camp, Kafue River Lodge, Musekese and Mohzi Camp (the closest campsite to the Busanga Plains) and Kubu Kweena

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CENTRAL KAFUE  - offers a great option if time is short or as a stopover before you venture deeper into the park or on your way to Liuwa Plain National Park. It is only a 4 hour drive from Lusaka and you are in the heart of the Kafue National Park with excellent game viewing.

Camps – Mukambi, the luxury safari tented lodge Ila Safari Lodge, Kasabushi, Pinnon Camp and Mayukuyuku

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Luxury Safari Tent Ila Safari Lodge Kafue National Park Zambia Ntanda Ventures

SOUTH KAFUE NATIONAL PARK

Despite its size and prominent location only two hours drive from Livingstone, it remains little-known and largely unexplored with vast tracts of its virgin bush still untouched. Thanks to its size and variety of habitat types the Kafue holds a fantastic diversity of wildlife and activities. The Kafue River and all its channels, rapids and islands lend itself to a range of exciting river-based activities which include boat cruises, fishing, birding, canoeing and river trails. Game drives and walking safaris are also available.

Southern Kafue is a paradise for self drive safaris and many camps offer excellent campsites.

 

Camps – KaingU, Nanzhila, Mawimbi, Konkomoyo, Shiluwe, Chibila and Musungwa.

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Our favorite camps in Kafue

Nanzhila - Offers two small bush camps, one in the plains and a a lake camp. Both beautifully located and plenty of wildlife to see in their direct environments but also from the lodges itself. The hosts are also owners which you feel during your visit, with just that extra bit of care and attention. 

Nanzhila Camps Kafue

Musungwa - Safari lodge with beautiful views overlooking lake Itezhi Tezhi, the man made lake bordering Kafue National Park. Enjoy the excellent service and magnificent sunsets. There has been a lodge on this place since the 1970's. And its also called home of the Elephants because of the amazing giants that are visiting the property. 

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Mawimbi Bush - Beautifully located on the west bank of the Kafue river inside the national park is an excellent lodge to see wildlife. The tents have direct views over the river and the lodge offers different activities like walking safaris and exploring the river by canoe or boat. Mawimbi Bush is also and perfect choice for bird lovers. 

Mawimbi Bush Camp

Lultzen

Kerry & Christina from Ntanda really wanted to understand my idea of a safari and they proposed a trip to McBrides camp (I highly recommend McBrides!) in Kafue National Park based on my wishes. It was a perfect match!”

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Our independence means we can book any camp in the country, and our experience helps us recommend Zambia tours tailored just for you!

Why Join Ntanda Ventures on a Zambian Safari  

  • Only operator in Zambia with Indepth Safari Lodge Expertise

    • We personally assess all our accommodations on a yearly basis and know them inside out including their latest health and covid 19 protocols

  • We'll take real Care of you

    • From the moment you land, till you fly out. We deliver safaris that are packed with extra value. We'll make sure your trip to Zambia will be a life long memory.

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