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Zambia - Landscapes and Wildlife of Kafue

Busanga Plains and Beyond

11 days

from £6,595pp (excluding flights)

Explore Zambia’s largest park, Kafue – a vast wilderness that is home to a myriad of landscapes and an astonishing range of wildlife. Venture deep into the wilds of this captivating park, spotting plains game, big cats and incredible numbers of birds. Finish with the majestic landscape of the Busanga Plains, staying at the idyllic Shumba Camp.

  • Explore the length of Zambia’s largest park – discovering its varied landscapes and wildlife
  • Spot hippos, crocodiles, elephants and numerous birds from the Kafue River
  • Admire the magnificent herds of antelopes that graze on the rich grasslands of the Busanga Plains
  • Track packs of endangered African wild dogs from Konkamoya Lodge

CENTRAL KAFUE – KAFUE RIVER

Begin on the eastern fringes of central Kafue, at the beautifully positioned KaingU Lodge. This small, traditional camp sits beside the swirling waters of the Kafue River, with the wild landscape of the park just a boat ride away.

Perfectly located, this intimate camp offers the chance to explore on foot, by boat or in a 4x4. Cross the Kafue River and explore the central portion of the park – carpeted with miombo woodland that is interspersed with rocky stream valleys and dry kopjes. The waters of the river attract thirsty game, including leopards, elephants and hippos, whilst the drier areas are dotted with antelopes and zebras.

SOUTHERN KAFUE – LAKE ITEZHI-TEZHI

Drive south, along the shores of the man-made Lake Itezhi-Tezhi, to the remote Konkamoya Lodge. Sitting on a promontory that juts out into the lake, this beautiful cluster of raised canvas tents is positioned to face the sunrise. It sits amongst a fertile blend of mahogany and ebony trees, dotted with gnarled baobabs.

To the south, some of the wildest, least explored areas of the park can be found. Explore this wilderness, where verdant thickets merge with recovering teak forests. Low granite hills disrupt the landscape, which eventually returns to grasslands, at the very southern tip of the park.

Drive and walk in search of the game that roams the southern reaches of the park. The varied terrain attracts a plethora of wildlife. Spot lions and cheetahs stalking plains game, look out for leopards hiding amongst the rocks, watch herds of pukus flock to the waters of Lake Itezhi-Tezhi and track packs of wild dogs as they hunt their prey.

NORTHERN KAFUE – BUSANGA PLAINS

Finish with the park’s most iconic region, the Busanga Plains. These rich floodplains attract an incredible variety of wildlife. Stay at the perfectly placed Shumba Camp, which sits upon a slightly raised island at the heart of the plains. Offering views across these busy grasslands, this idyllic camp lies under a canopy of aged fig trees. Combining indulgent comfort with fantastic game viewing, Shumba forms the highlight to any trip to Kafue.

Take guided game drives, bush walks and boat trips through this area. Most – if not all – of the park’s 21 antelope species can be spotted here, including rare red lechwes. Consequently, numerous predators, including prides of lions, can be seen stalking this bountiful landscape. The watery environment also attracts are variety of birdlife, with rare shoebills occasionally sighted here.

To get an idea of the scale of this enthralling region, take a hot air balloon ride (at an additional cost) over the Busanga Plains. Float silently over the green, watery landscape below; this airborne perspective offers unrivalled views of Kafue.

WHY WE LIKE IT

Often overlooked in favour of Zambia’s smaller parks, Kafue is a sleeping giant. This journey offers a chance to explore the depths of this fascinating park. Staying at a selection small, beautifully positioned camps, discover the hidden treasures of Kafue. Spot the rich variety of animals and birds that decorate this phenomenal landscape.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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what is included

  • All accommodation and meals as stated in the itinerary
  • Voyage gratuities
  • All transfers

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Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Addis Ababa overnight

Day 2

Fly Addis Ababa to Lusaka

Travel from Lusaka to Kafue National Park (Air Transfer Journey)


Covering more than 11,800 sq miles, Kafue National Park is the oldest and one of the largest parks in Africa. Remote and extraordinarily beautiful, it is bisected by two main rivers - the Kafue and the Lunga, both of which are perfect for water based safaris.

Spread over such a vast area, the Kafue National Park encompasses a variety of landscapes. From the astounding Busanga Plains in the north-western section of the park to the tree-choked wilderness and the lush dambos of the south. The park is a raw and diverse slice of African wilderness with excellent game viewing, bird watching and fishing opportunities.


Transfer to KaingU Lodge


You will be staying at KaingU Lodge, All inclusive

Day 3

Activities at KaingU
KaingU Lodge is perfectly located for exploring the central area of Kafue National Park, both on land and water. Activities within the park include half-day and full-day game drives, as well as guided walking safaris. Both involve an initial 10-minute boat journey from the lodge.

This area of the park is covered with vast swathes of miombo woodland, interspersed with rocky stream valleys and dry kopjes. A great area for birding, the wild landscape is also dotted with larger game. Spot roan antelopes, sables, hartebeests, kudus, zebras, buffaloes and impalas. These herbivores attract predators, including lions, leopards and cheetahs.

On the opposite side of the river, take night drives in the game management area that borders the park. On the river, explore by boat - perfect for birding and fishing. From the water, it is possible to spot hippos, crocodiles, elephants and drinking leopards.

The lodge can also arrange canoe trips on the river, as well as visits to a nearby community school that KaingU supports.


You will be staying at KaingU Lodge, All inclusive

Day 4

Drive from KaingU to Konkamoya


A journey of around 90 minutes.


You will be staying at Konkamoya Lodge, All inclusive

Day 5

Activities at Konkamoya
From Konkamoya Lodge, explore both the waters of Lake Itezhi-Tezhi and the vast expanse of land that makes up the southern part of Kafue National Park. Take game drives deep into this wilderness - the least visited area of the park. Also, explore on foot and take boat trips on the lake.

To the south of the lodge, deciduous thickets merge into recovering teak forests, interspersed by low granite hills. At the southern tip of the park, grasslands and plains return, carpeted with fertile pastures that attract a variety of grazing animals. Given the enormous size of this area, game varies from region to region. But expect to spot a wide variety of plains game, as well as wild dogs, elephants, lions, cheetahs and leopards.

Lake Itezhi-Tezhi offers a different experience to the land to the south, with its waters attracting a plethora of thirsty animals, particularly during the dry season. Spot elephants, hippos, buffaloes, and zebras, as well as herds of pukus, kudus, impalas and waterbucks.

The area close to Konkamoya is also home to three packs of wild dogs and sightings are all but guaranteed. Set out on foot or in a 4x4 to track down these rarely spotted animals.


You will be staying at Konkamoya Lodge, All inclusive

Day 6

Spend another day exploring southern Kafue.


You will be staying at Konkamoya Lodge, All inclusive

Day 7

Transfer to Ngoma Airstrip

Travel from Kafue National Park to Kafue National Park (Air Transfer Journey)


Transfer to Shumba Camp


You will be staying at Shumba Camp, All inclusive

Day 8

Activities at Shumba Camp
Shumba Camp sits amongst the swamps and grasslands of the Busanga Plains, which are renowned for their abundance of game. The Lufupa River cuts its way through this fertile and wild area, which floods seasonally. Activities available at the camp include night and day game drives, guided bush walks and boat trips on the river.

The wildlife in this area is phenomenal. Spot a huge number of plains game, including herds of red lechwes, roan antelopes, pukus, wildebeests, zebras and buffaloes. There are also numerous predators, with leopards, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and lions regularly sighted. The watery environment attracts are variety of birdlife, including herons, egrets, pelicans, storks, ducks, geese, flamingos and cranes. There is even a slim chance of sighting a rare shoebill.

As well as activities on land and water, there is also the opportunity to take to the skies. At an additional cost, book a balloon safari across this magnificent landscape. The vast game-dotted floodplains float by below, forming a patchwork of greens that spreads until the horizon.


You will be staying at Shumba Camp, All inclusive

Day 9

Spend another day exploring the Busanga Plains.


You will be staying at Shumba Camp, All inclusive

Day 10

Transfer to Busanga Airstrip

Travel from Kafue National Park to Lusaka (Air Transfer Journey)

Fly Lusaka to Addis Ababa

Day 11

Fly Addis Ababa to London

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Shumba Camp

Shumba Camp

Shumba Camp sits at the heart of the Busanga Plains - an area rich in plains game....

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KaingU Lodge

KaingU Lodge

Positioned on the beautiful slow-moving Kafue River, KaingU Lodge is situated on the eastern edge of Kafue National Park....

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Konkamoya Lodge

Konkamoya Lodge

Konkamoya Lodge lies on the southern shores of Lake Itezhi-Tezhi, positioned on a quiet promontory that juts out into the lake's calm waters....

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For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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"Every part of our trip was the highlight and it is not possible for us to point out just one thing, event or place."

"However, we received a magnificent surprise of a helicopter ride between camps in Botswana which meant a flight over the delta and an opportunity to see the delta and how it is formed. It was a wonderful surprise organised by Jackie and we were both absolutely overjoyed with the opportunity. I do not believe that there was more that could have been done as we had a magnificent trip."

"Jackie was excellent- she listened and was very knowledgeable."

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