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Zambia Safari

Explore Zambia’s most diverse park through one operation. Remote, untouched, and unspoiled wilderness awaits your exploration along with warm hospitality and the best guides in the Kafue. Enjoy a wide variety of activities and make some memories as you relax at the slower safari pace. Whether you are the tried-it-all-traveler or on your first safari, you will find a home away from home and the welcome of family.

Key information

  • Private safari
  • Group safari
  • Children of any age are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian
  • Starting and ending points: Kafue National Park
  • English-speaking guide
  • All park fees are included

Highlights

  • 1 or 2 game drives per day
  • Daily boat cruise/s
  • See lions, buffaloes, elephants, and wildebeests
  • Open-sided 4x4 vehicle
  • Visit Kafue National Park
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • All park fees

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9 activity days
Group size: 1-8 participants
Airport transfer available:
Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (US$ 2,140 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
11:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

You will stay three nights at Kafue River Lodge, two nights at Lunga Kikuji Camp, and four nights at Kasonso Busanga Camp. When coming to any one of the three Northern Kafue Safaris camps, you can expect to find a landscape untamed, an abundance of wildlife, birding, and the beauty of Zambia on full show.

Kafue River Lodge (3 nights)

Kafue River Lodge is your reward at the end of your journey into the North-Eastern Kafue. The stretch of the Kafue River where the lodge is located is varied, gentle, and favored by wildlife. The four ensuite chalets overlook the river and the sounds of hippos carry clearly across the grounds with the miombo woodland behind camp also playing home to a steady stream of game and birds.

Kafue River Lodge has four ensuite chalets and two central areas - an open, riverside “fire pit” for starlit dining and early morning coffee and the beautiful main lapa area which is built on a deck over the river offering cool shade and 180-degree river views. The Kafue River Lodge cottages have been designed in a way that allows you to settle into this little piece of paradise for an extended stay. Each of the four ensuite chalets consists of two queen beds, a fireplace, a freestanding bath, an outdoor shower, and teak decking. The entire lodge is run on solar power so there are plugs in the chalets for charging equipment.

Facilities

  • Ensuite bathrooms
  • Charging facilities
  • Solar power
  • Mosquito nets
  • Daily laundry
  • Fireplace
  • No credit card facilities
  • Wi-Fi
  • Outdoor shower
  • No cellphone reception
  • River facing
  • Deck or verandah

Lunga Kikuji Camp (2 nights)

Kikuji Camp is the most secluded and exciting new camp in the portfolio. Tucked away in the riverine vegetation on the banks of the Lunga River, this wilderness is waiting to be explored. Ideal for the keen birder, water lover, fishermen, and lovers of time and space, Kikuji compliments the more intense Kasonso and more accessible Kafue River Lodge very well.

Kikuji Camp is built in a similar style to Kasonso being primarily a comfortable and intimate bush camp with the focus being on appreciating the secluded wilderness around you. The four safari suites are built with canvas walls, gauze windows, and thatched rooves on wooden decks. All rooms have detached but private ablution with a flush toilet, shower, and a basin sink.

Facilities

  • Detached bathrooms
  • Charging facilities
  • Mosquito nets
  • Daily laundry
  • No credit card facilities
  • No Wi-Fi
  • No cellphone reception
  • No swimming pool

Kasonso Busanga Camp (4 nights)

The Busanga Plains is undoubtedly the best place for wildlife viewing in Kafue National Park and Kasonso Busanga - a bushcamp - is located right in the heart of the prime game viewing area. The Busanga Plains area is perfectly situated to see large numbers of red lechwe but is also well known for the big lions, buffalo, elephants, wildebeest, and relaxed roan antelope. Kasonso offers superb wildlife encounters at excellent value-for-money rates and combines superbly with Kafue River Lodge and Kikuji Camp.

Kasonso Busanga Camp is situated in a more central location in the Busanga Plains closer to the action and is more accessible early and for longer in the year. The team running the camp is Idos and Newton Mulenga (the father and son team formerly of Wilderness Safaris) and Ferrison who is one of the top birding guides in Zambia.

Kasonso is an authentic bush camp that provides all the important fundamentals of a comfortable camp but focuses on outstanding guiding and wildlife experience. There are four tents, each with ensuite bathrooms and verandahs overlooking the plains. In the central Boma area, you will find a comfortable seating area, bar, and an outside deck which you can use at your leisure.

Facilities

  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Charging facilities
  • Mosquito nets
  • Daily laundry
  • No credit card facilities
  • Wi-Fi
  • No cellphone reception
  • No swimming pool

Program

Once you arrive at Kafue River Lodge, you will meet with the lodge manager who will brief you on what to do and not to do while you stay at Kafue River Lodge. You will then proceed to your chalets to freshen up and then return for lunch. Around 3:30 p.m., you will be treated to high tea after which you will proceed onto an afternoon activity either a game drive or a boat cruise depending on your preference.

After your afternoon activity, you will return for dinner and later be hosted by the manager before you retire for the night. On your full day in camp, you will wake up for some coffee or tea or even breakfast if you wish, and then proceed for an early game drive or boat cruise around 6:00 a.m. After the drive or cruise which usually lasts between three to four hours, you will be treated either to brunch or lunch depending on your preference. After lunch, you will have a siesta and relax around camp.

Around 3:00 p.m., you will be treated to some high tea before you leave for the afternoon activity, which is a game drive or boat cruise starting at 4:00 p.m. At a point during the drive or cruise, you will stop to have a sundowner and then proceed with the drive or cruise. Once you return from the drive or cruise, you will then proceed to freshen up before returning for dinner. After dinner, you will be hosted by the lodge manager or guide before you retire for the night.

Location

The safari will take place in Zambia. All three camps can be found in the northern region of Kafue National Park. Kafue River Lodge is located inside the Lunga Luswishi Game Management Area bordering Kafue National Park. Kukuji Camp (90 minutes from Kafue River Lodge) is located on the Lunga River. Kasonso Busanga Camp is in the Busanga Plains.

Kafue National Park

Kafue National Park is one of the biggest parks in Africa with incredible diversity in both wildlife and birding. With so much to see, would not you want the best guides in the Kafue showcasing this magnificent park? The experienced guide team is currently made up of Idos “King of the Kafue” Mulenga (formerly of Wilderness Safaris), renowned birding guide Ferrison Kalembelembe, and Everisto Kambobe who has been guiding in the Kafue for more than 20 years.

Food

You will be served lunch and dinner on the arrival day, three meals per day for your full days, and daily local drinks included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 2 safari activities per day (game drives or boat cruises)
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • All local drinks
  • Park fees
  • Bed levies and laundry
  • 3 intercamp transfers
  • Bed levies included

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Gratuities
  • Other external transfers
  • Other expenses that are not specifically included

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN) in Lusaka. Clients will need to arrive at least between 10:00 and 11:00 at Lusaka international airport for Northern Kafue Safaris to organize charter flights or road transfers to camp for them.

Arrangement of charter flights and road transfer to camp has to be done in advance before the clients arrive in Zambia.

Charter flights to camp are arranged at a fee according to number of Pax. While road transfers to camp are arranged according to vehicle capacity (per vehicle) and number of Pax.

Driving time from Lusaka to Kafue River Lodge is approximately five to six hours.

Driving directions to Kafue River Lodge from Lusaka via Mumbwa:

  • From Lusaka, head in a westerly direction on the M9 tar road for 150km. Take the turn-off to Mumbwa.
  • After approximately four kilometers, you will reach a traffic circle, turn left at the first exit.
  • Set your odometer to 0km from the traffic circle, drive past the Total Garage on your right for approximately one kilometer, and turn right onto the first gravel road (D181).
  • Drive approximately 34km to where the road forks, then take the left fork.
  • At approximately 66km, you should reach Kabalushi Gate (entrance into Kafue National Park).
  • At 87km, the road will fork again, with the sign to Hippo Bay Lodge on your left. Keep right.
  • Drive on this road for approximately eight kilometers until you reach the Lubungu Pontoon Crossing (Pontoon hours: 06:00 - 18:00; payment to cross the pontoon: 20 USD per vehicle).
  • From the pontoon, continue straight and you will pass a sign to Leopard Lodge at 100km.
  • At 107km, you will pass a big dambo. Continue past the dambo for another four kilometers until you come to Kafue River Lodge.

Note: If you are self-driving, fill up at the Total Garage as this will be your last fueling point until you reach the lodge.

Airport: Kenneth Kaunda International Airport Airport transfer available: Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (US$ 2,140 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
10 days / 9 nights
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Pricing information
  • Children from 7 to 12 pay 50% of the bed night rate
  • Children of 6 and under stay free
  • Children under 5 are exempt from park fees and levies
Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 1 participants

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