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Zambia, ‘the warm heart of Africa’, has so much to offer. Acknowledged as one of the safest countries in Africa to visit as a tourist, here you will experience some of the finest safaris. During this safari, you will visit Kafue National Park, one of the biggest National Parks in Africa, with so many different habitats and the huge variety of mammals and birds, make it an area waiting to be explored. Explore Zambia’s biggest and oldest National Park and stay in the accommodations that are surrounded by one of the largest areas of unspoiled wilderness in the world, and experience an unforgettable safari with Mukambi Safari Lodge!
Commonly known as “The Gateway to The Kafue National Park”, Mukambi is located centrally in the Kafue National Park, right on the banks of the Kafue River. Mukambi is situated on the Lusaka-Mongu road, 270 kilometers from Lusaka.
The main lodge area consists of a large brick building with a huge thatch roof in which the reception, management office, souvenir shop, kitchen, bathrooms, a spacious lounge and the bar can be found. There are also four large wooden viewing decks right on the riverfront from which guests can observe the animals in the area while drinks are served. One deck serves as restaurant and a smaller dining deck with a pizza oven. Mukambi has two swimming pools in a green lush garden of which one is a splash pool for the children, a big campfire on the riverside and a fireplace in the lounge. All accommodation at Mukambi is positioned along the Kafue River at walking distance from the main lodge area.
The accommodation includes 8 chalets in which one a family unit with en-suite bathroom (rondavel type) with 24-hour electricity and hot water. Each chalet sleeps 2 persons. Chalets come with either one queen size double bed or 2 single beds with cotton sheets, duvet (extra blankets available) and mosquito nets. The family chalet has 2 bedrooms, one with a double bed and one with 2 single beds plus a lounge for relaxation. The bathroom comes with shower, toilet, basin, and mirror. There is also an outside terrace with chairs and side table.
There is also 1 luxury family villa with 2 bedrooms, both en-suite (1 with a queen sized bed and the other with 2 singles), a fully furnished living room, an extensive wooden deck overlooking the Kafue River. This unit is right on the banks of the river.
Moreover, Mukambi is also equipped with 4 Luxury tents that have a private deck with comfy seating overlooking the Kafue River. This is Mukambi’s most luxurious accommodation with each unit situated privately surrounded by natural riverine bush. A freestanding ball and claw bathtub is found on each deck. Further enhancing the African theme, the furniture is made out of recycled wood from Dhows that used to sail the Indian Ocean off Tanzania. Romantic mosquito nets surround luxurious box spring beds and the entrance to the private deck is made of wall to wall wooden sliding glass doors that provide spectacular views and light into the tents. The tents have an open bathroom set up with shower, toilet, and washbasin. The laundry service is provided complimentary.
Mukambi Plains Camp is a personal and intimate camp, set on a small palm tree island in the middle of the vast Busanga Plains. It is the most northerly and remote camp in the Kafue. Four well-appointed luxury safari tents are nestled into the palm trees on the island and all face out onto the floodplain where Red Lechwe antelope can be seen from your tent.
There is the main dining area that is on a raised wooden deck with an expansive thatch roof in the main lodge. This looks out to the East, allowing for beautiful sun rises to be seen in the morning. A small fireplace on the end of a wooden deck is where the nights are spent warming up and telling stories. Power is limited but solar lights and paraffin lamps are provided in tents. The accommodation consists of 4 en-suite luxury tents (2 twin and 2 double) with open-air bathrooms / showers and 1 guides tent.
In June 2015, Mukambi Safaris opened a new bush camp in an undiscovered part of Kafue National Park. The beautiful location in combination with spectacular accommodation and the variety of wildlife is the main attractions (not to mention the remoteness of the camp). Fig Tree is appropriately named after the giant fig tree in the middle of the camp. The main area is under the Fig tree overlooking the unique sandy beach, and giving a lovely view of the lagoon where a variety of animals come for a drink and memorable moments are made. This area consists of a restaurant, bar, campfire and lounge. The accommodation consists of 4 en-suite luxury tents on stilts (2 twin and 2 double). The camp has tented accommodation on 3-meter platforms above the ground, giving a spectacular view over the lagoon and the plains towards the entrance of the camp.
Kafue National Park is a unique area. The enormous size (one of the biggest National Parks in Africa), the many different habitats and the huge variety of mammals and birds make it an area waiting to be explored. It is Zambia’s biggest and oldest National Park and is easily accessed from both Lusaka and Livingstone. But the best of all is the untouched wilderness that the park has to offer as mass tourism does not exist; leaving the park pure and unexplored. This is what a real safari should be like, excellent game viewing with a rich diversity of wildlife, stunning landscapes and unspoiled by mass tourism. Although the park has a lot to offer, relatively few people visit this Zambian treasure.
The Kafue is close to Lusaka and Livingstone; by approximately 3 to 4 hours driving many camps can be comfortably reached by good roads. With airstrips throughout the park, fly-in safaris are good options as well.
The Kafue National Park is named after the Kafue River that runs through the park for over 250 km. It enters the Park in the North East and forms Lake Itezhi-Tezhi South of the Park, a beautiful dam with big herds of wildlife roaming around on its shores. Other well known rivers in the Kafue are the Lunga and Lufupa River, which both feed into the Kafue River.
The rivers and lake dominate the landscape in the Northern and Eastern part of the Kafue National Park and the majority of the safari camps are located around them. Although the Kafue has many interesting areas, only the best known areas will be described.
The breeding herds of elephant have settled down and the large predators are back in numbers. Among them several prides of lion, cheetah and leopard. Also packs of the endangered wild dog regularly pay a visit. Other animals that you are likely to encounter are buffalo, zebra, hippo and various antelope species like impala, puku, sable, hartebeest, bushbuck, roan and waterbuck.
The diversity of habitat makes Kafue National Park also one of the best locations in Africa for birding. The Kafue River, wetlands, savannah and woodland boast an impressive 478 of Zambia’s 733-recorded bird species. Among them African Wattled and Crowned Crane, Fish Eagle, Woolly-Necked Stork, Saddle Billed Stork, Goliath Heron, Ground Hornbill, African Fin Foot, Pel’s Owl, Purple-Crested Lourie and Chaplin’s Barbet amongst others.
The famous Busanga Plains are in the Northern part of the park. The area consists of an extensive floodplain that falls dry after the rainy season, attracting huge numbers of game and stunning birdlife. ‘One Fig’, a huge fig tree in the middle of the plains, is a famous landmark. The well known documentary, ‘Swamp Lions‘, often broadcasted on National Geographic, was filmed exclusively on the Busanga Plains. It is no surprise that Getaway magazine mentioned Busanga as one of the ‘top 10 secret gems of Africa’. The plains are seasonal due to the flooding in the wet season. Small safari camps like our own Busanga Plains Camp operate in this area during the dry season.
The Kafue River itself has spectacular riverine forests on its banks and flows throughout the year, changing from a wide, slow flowing river to stretches broken up by islands with fast flowing water. The river attracts a wide variety of animals and birds and is filled with hippos and crocodiles of all sizes. Boat cruises and fishing trips are a must for guests visiting the river. Most safari lodges and camps within the Kafue National Park are based on the Kafue River.
Your safari includes daily meals. All accommodation offered at Mukambi is on a full board basis (self catering is not permitted). The meals are fixed but we do meet dietary requirements. The breakfast includes a full English breakfast with cereal and fresh fruit buffet, coffee, tea, hot chocolate or juice. For lunch, Mukambi serves a full lunch with a hot dish and salads. For dinner, fine 3-course dinner or extensive buffet is on offer each evening. Drinks are included in the Mukambi Safaris all-inclusive packages. They are extra in the full board rates.
It is recommended that you use either the Shalom or Juldan Bus Services that depart from Grand Central Station (near Levy Junction) at 08:00 and at 12:00 daily to Mongu (Mukambi is about halfway between Lusaka and Mongu). Approximate price is 25 USD per person each way. No need to pre-book as there is most likely space on one of the buses.
You will need to notify the bus driver you wish to be dropped at the Mukambi turn off. They are quite used to doing this. Mukambi Safari Lodge's representative will be waiting for you at the turn off approximately 3.5 hours after you depart (from around 11:30 for the morning bus or 15:30 for the afternoon bus). Should you not arrive 2 hours after this time, Mukambi Safari Lodge's representative will then return to the lodge. Should you arrive after this time please do not walk down the road unaccompanied. Rather wait for a passing vehicle or staff member and accompany them to the lodge.
You are strongly advised to call Mukambi Safari Lodge once you have left Grand Central. Should you not have your own cell phone number you will find one of the passengers quite happy to offer you the use of his / her phone to call or send a message. Mukambi Safari Lodge can always call you back.
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