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Discover the Kafue National Park in Zambia with Mawimbi Bush Camp - a luxury tented camp on the Kafue River! There are four large luxury tents, all with a private en-suite bathroom. Each tent is fully mosquito proofed with a covered veranda overlooking the river for perfect game viewing and relaxing. Canoeing game walks and drives are the main activities to enjoy as well as bird watching, fishing and of course relaxing. All safaris are designed to get you as close to nature as possible.
Set in an area of pristine wilderness, KaingU Safari Lodge offers a magnificent Zambian safari experience in the heart of the African bush. On the edge of the Kafue River, it has something for everyone - fishing, bird watching, boating, game watching or just completely chilling out. KaingU Safari Lodge accommodation is made up of a family house and six custom made meru-style tents on raised decks by the river. You will be spoiled by the exceptionally high standard of food, all freshly prepared and served.
The Busanga Plains Camp is a spectacular wetland area in north part ofthe Kafue National Park. The seasonal bush camps of Mukambi Plains Camp are located in the heart of the famous Busanga Plains which provide a personal and intimate camp set on a small palm tree island. This remote camp in Kafue is an exciting six hour drive from Mukambi Safari Lodge through the bush of the Kafue National Park. The small seasonal Busanga Plains Camp consists of four large en-suite safari tents.
Mukambi Safaris has opened a new bush camp in an undiscovered part of Kafue National Park. It is just 1½ hours driving from the lodge and is appropriately named after the big fig tree in the middle of the camp. Fig Tree Bush Camp is situated next to a beautiful beach created by the dried sand banks of the Shishamba River. After supper guests sit around a campfire, feet in the sand, gazing at the stars and listening to the sounds of the African Bush. Fig Tree Bush Camp overlooks a large lagoon.
Many parts of Africa claim to offer a 'real Africa' experience and the opportunity to visit an untamed wilderness, but few can compare with Kafue National Park. With the help of the Kushiyana Safaris team, you can discover even more splendor of Kafue with the 'Complete Kafue Experience' whilst staying in recommended lodges in the region. Magical tailor made safaris are yours to be had with a team that offers refreshing and exciting variety.
A game, birding and angling safari experience set in the northern part of the unique Kafue National Park. The lodge is a secluded on the banks of the Kafue River. Leopard Lodge offers 5 luxury, individually thatched, brick-built chalets, a restaurant and bar. This safari lodge allows you to experience the breathtaking views from the 'top-of-the-hill' which overlooks natural hot springs in the great Kafue National Park. The plains stretch for miles and are home to many species of wildlife.
Located on a tree island in the centre of the breathtaking Busanga Plains is stylish Shumba Camp. Its six luxury tented units are spacious, en-suite with both indoor and outdoor showers, and all raised on wooden platforms with spectacular views of the surrounding plains. Meaning 'lion', Shumba is aptly named after the prides of lion seen in the area. The plains are home to hundreds of red lechwe, puku, roan and oribi. Sail over the plains in a hot air balloon, the most exclusive wildlife ballooning in Africa.
On the banks of the Kafue River in the Kafue National Park stands Mayukuyuku Bush Camp, an ethical and stunningly beautiful safari experience. This is a picturesque safari camp that is open all year round and situated in one of the largest game parks in the world, known for its diverse wildlife. The bush camp faces a small island making excellent wildlife viewing. There is a beautiful shaded campsite that is open all year round in Kafue National Park, Zambia. Each pitch has a Kafue River view and you may stay as self catering guests or enjoy meals prepared for you on site, perfect for those who take their safari activities seriously.
Mukambi Safari Lodge commonly known as 'The Gateway to The Kafue National Park' is centrally located in the park, right on the banks of the stunning Kafue River. The Kafue National Park is one of the largest national parks in Africa, roughly the size of Wales at more than 22,000km². Mukambi Safari Lodge is open all year round. The peak-season is May-December, but during the emerald season, December-May, the Kafue National Park also has wonderful safaris to offer.
Musungwa Safar Lodge is in the un spoilt and truly wild Kafue National Park, 22,500 square kilometres. Musungwa is set high on the shores of the 370 square kilometres Lake Itezhi-tezhi with a breathtaking view. Musungwa is open all year round and is accessible by road from Lusaka (338km) and from Livingstone via Kalomo (320 km). Musungwa is 1km from Musa Gate the main entrance to the southern sector of the Kafue National Park. Jewel on the banks of the inland Lake Itezhi Tezi.
The camp is located in the north, 'It's truly wild', part of Kafue National Park. McBrides' Camp is an ideal camp for those looking for a place of real character and true remoteness. The waters of the Kafue River are home to large numbers of hippopotamus and crocodile. The accommodation is rustic comfortable, with reed bungalow walls, consisting of eight private thatched two person chalets with en suite bathrooms which have hot and cold showers, basins and flushing toilets.
Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp offers its guests remote Africa in its true beauty, vast and spacious. This safari camp accommodates up to six guests in three well appointed thatched cottages and another six in three en-suite safari tents. A thatched boma houses the lounge, dining area, bar and verandah, with a stunning elevated view of wildlife in the dambo below. There are three campsites away from the lodge under the tree canopy overlooking the dambo for those adventurous souls who would prefer to rough it.
Run by Wilderness Safaris this camp has four high roofed tents under thatch with bathrooms. The large numbers of plains game such as puku, red lechwe, buffalo and wildebeest and a resident herd of roan antelope mean that game drives, walking safaris and guided night drives are very rewarding. Notable predators are lion, cheetah and wild dog. The activities in this camp include game driving, hot air balloon safari, boating and birding. As the floodplains dry out more game is attracted.

Kafue National Park

The park is spread over 22,400 square kilometres making it the second largest national park in the world, stretching over 3 provinces(North Western, Central and Southern Province) The park boasts 55 large mammal species including 20 antelope, 6 cats and 491 bird species.

  • A variety of wildlife
  • open from June and July through to November
  • Largest national park in Zambia

The rivers and the dambos in Kafue National Park make superb birding experiences whilst the Kafue and Lunga Rivers offer superb fishing opportunities, especially good bream, barbel and freshwater pike.

Ecology and habitats

Most of the park lies in the central zambezian miombo woodlands characterised by savannah grasslands with miombo tree species which grow thickly in some patches. There are also small dambos (grasslands which become marshy in the rainy season) interspersed among the trees. In the south there are stony hills and rocky outcrops where the sparser zambezian and mopane woodlands take over. Here mopane trees which have adapted to hotter drier conditions replace miombo vegetation. A thin belt of evergreen forest lines the banks of the Kafue River, which has been dammed just outside the park at Itezhi-Tezhi, forming a reservoir within the park.

Some would argue that the jewel in Kafue’s crown is the zambezian flooded grasslands in the north which includes the Busanga Swamps and plains. These support large herds of herbivores and their predators as well as rich birdife. In the dry season the animals keep close to the swamps and marshy creeks and are easily seen. Ngoma in the south is the headquarters of the park but this area together with the Nanzhila Plains are less visited and less developed as more lodges are established in the north.


The northern section of the park is the home of the astounding Busanga Plains. The annual floods bring with them tens of thousands of grazing animals. Zebra, fill the landscape. Lechwe, sitatunga and hippo thrive in both the seasonally inundated plains and year-round swamps. Large prides of lion, solitary leopards and cheetahs are prime predators. There is also a host of smaller carnivores from the side-striped jackal, civet, genet and various types of mongoose. In April, when the floods recede, fresh grass attracts thousands of grazing animals and their predators are never far behind.

In the south of the park there is the wilderness with it’s thick trees and lush dambos and an open area known as the Nanzhila Plains. This forms great spaces for Zambian wildlife with its grassland and extra large termite mounds. Lake Itezhi Tezhi, down south, is a popular spot for hippos and the scraggy drowned trees on the dam shoreline provide roosting and breeding sites for water birds such as cormorants and the African fish eagle.

Of special interest note that Kafue National Park is home to more antelope species than any other park in existence and sightings of the majestic sable antelope are common.

Bird watching

Of special note are the wattled crane, purple crested Lories and Pel’s fishing owl that are found here. Birding habitats include vast flood plains, broadleaved woodland (mopane and miombo), open water and riverine areas.

Viewing Zambian wildlife on safari

In the early morning and late afternoon game drives are a key feature on the Zambia safari activity list. Kafue National Park offers particularly good night game drives and walking safaris come highly recommended. Walking safaris offer a great way to get up close and personal with game if you dare (remember to stay close to your guide). Scenic game drives through the park give you the opportunity to absorb the beauty of the very wild Kafue National Park.

When to travel

Due to seasonal flooding in the North of the Kafue National Park, lodges and camps tend to be. In the Southern half of the park, accommodation is available all year round, although the rainy season can make access difficult whilst thick vegetation can make wildlife difficult to spot. The dry season is best for experiencing wildlife but the green season is a wonderful and calming display of new growth.

Getting there

  • Most visitors take a scheduled charter flight to Kafue usually from Livingstone or Lusaka. This is by far the easiest and most comfortable way to travel.
  • If you are driving from Lusaka to the northern camps such as Hippo Camp, McBride’s or Lunga Cabins, take the road to Mumbwa and then the northern road out of Mumbwa.
  • To reach the southern section of the park, continue through Mumbwa on the main road. 66 kilometres from Mumbwa is a left turning to Itezhi Tezhi Dam and the southern lodges.
  • To reach the Busanga plains and nearby camps, take the road that goes through the park until you reach the Kafue River Bridge. Shortly after the bridge is a gate on the northern side which leads to Kafwala and Lufupa camps.
  • From the west, take the Mongu-Lusaka road which dissects the park.
  • From the north, coming from the Copperbelt, take the road to Solwezi and then to Kasempa. Here a reasonable graded track for 98 kilometres will take you to the Lunga Pontoon. To reach the northern Kafue gate, take the left turning 16 kilometres before the pontoon.
  • From Livingstone travel to Kalomo on the road to Lusaka and then turn left. Shortly after this take a left turn towards Ndundu Mwense gate at the southern edge of the park.
  • Note that a 4×4 is recommended for most of these routes and be aware of seasonal road closures. You will be driving through areas where wildlife has right of way so travel carefully, equipped and with as much knowledge as possible. Most camps will arrange road travel for you.