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Kafue, Rivers and Plains Safari

ZAMBIA SAFARI: KAFUE, RIVERS AND PLAINS SAFARI

This Zambia safari explore two major arteries of the Kafue National Park: the Kafue and Lufupa Rivers.

Traversing the course of the Lufupa River from its confluence with the Kafue, its mix of water from two different catchments clearly apparent, right up to the Busanga Plains takes one through the diverse habitats of riverine forest, miombo woodland, acacia- and palm-strewn floodplain, dambos and ultimately the plains themselves.

This mix of habitats harbours a huge diversity of species from leopard and wild dog of the Lufupa woodlands to lion and cheetah of the Busanga Plains, Defassa waterbuck and yellow baboons of the riverine to lechwe and oribi of the grasslands.

Game drives, nature walks and boating ensure an interesting and varied exposure to the environment and associated bird and mammal life in this safari that offers the best of Kafue.

Please note that all of our Zambia safaris can be tailor-made. This itinerary is just a suggestion and can be amended to better fit your requirements.

Days 1 & 2: Lufupa Tented Camp, Northern Kafue

Upon arrival at Lusaka airport you are met by a representative of Sefofane Air Charters who will transfer you by light aircraft to Kafue National Park. Your private guide will meet you at the airstrip in Kafue and transfer the group to Lufupa Tented Camp. This transfer is approximately 10 minutes; en route we may encounter eland, roan and sable to name a few.

Accommodation at Lufupa Tented Camp is in nine large Meru-style tents with en-suite facilities. Dining and bar area are under huge jackalberry trees overlooking the Kafue River. Dinners are served in a traditional-style boma under the stars, next to a lively campfire or in the tented dining room overlooking this impressive river.

Lufupa Tented Camp is situated in the northern sector of the 22 500 square km Kafue National Park, at the confluence of the Lufupa and Kafue rivers; these and the Lunga River are all perennial tributaries of the Kafue River. The beauty of the park is evident in its diverse habitats with floodplains, miombo woodland, thick riverine vegetation and open grassy areas called dambos. There are resident prides of lion and leopard is frequently seen. Hippo are always out in front of the camp frolicking in the cool waters of the Kafue River. There is also a wide variety of plains game ranging from zebra, buffalo, roan, Lichtenstein's hartebeest, sable, kudu and impala to the diminutive oribi. Elephant are also often seen roaming through the concession.

Days 3 & 4: Musanza Tented Camp, North-Western Kafue

Depart Lufupa Tented Camp for an early morning game / transfer drive to Musanza Tented Camp.

Situated on the southern fringe of the Busanga Plains, Musanza Tented Camp is located on the Lufupa river. Being in an 'eco-tone' (area between two differing ecosystems), the Ntemwa area produces excellent game viewing in a variety of habitats, and is well known for its leopard sightings as well as its great diversity of antelope.

Musanza Tented Camp is nestled under thick shady trees overlooking the Lufupa River. The tents are en-suite with bucket showers; hot water is brought to the tent whenever needed. Lighting is provided by rechargeable lamps and traditional paraffin lanterns. The main area and dining room have wonderful views of the river; in fact from all around the camp it is possible to watch the prolific wildlife that comes down to the river to drink, as well as the resident hippo and crocodiles that float nearby. Dining is often by the river or under the stars next to the fire.

The tents, generously spaced to allow for maximum privacy, are semi-permanent, meaning that they are erected at the start of every safari season. The remoteness and rustic appearance of this little camp enhances the 'pioneering' sensation of this wilderness exploration.

Days 5 & 6: Busanga Bush Camp, Northern Kafue

After an early breakfast, we depart for an early morning game drive / transfer to Busanga Bush Camp which is located in the heart of the Busanga Plains. The Busanga Plains cover an area of approximately 750 sq km and Busanga Bush Camp is located in the centre of this wildlife paradise. The Plains are home to hundreds of red lechwe, ubiquitous puku, stately roan and the diminutive oribi. Lichtenstein's hartebeest, herds of wildebeest, zebra and buffalo make for a full set of antelope. This wealth of game on the plains is also a big attraction for predators, including wild dog, cheetah and prides of lion.

Busanga Bush Camp in the north-western section of the Busanga is about as 'wild' as you can get in today's world: an unfenced mosaic of expansive grassy seasonal floodplains and "dambos" (open grassy areas that sometimes will fill up with rainwater). This camp is perfectly situated for some of the best lion viewing in Africa. It caters for 8 guests in 4 well-appointed rooms built of reed and canvas with wall-to-wall views of the spectacular wildlife that frequents the plain in front of the camp. Activities include game drives and night drives, led by qualified guides who are extremely knowledgeable about the area and its wildlife. Bird life is fantastic, with large flocks of Pelicans, Crowned Crane and Wattled Crane on the plains.

Day 7: Lufupa Tented Camp, Northern Kafue

After an early breakfast, depart by road heading back down to Lufupa Tented Camp where you will enjoy your last evening of the trip on the banks of the Lufupa River.

Day 8: Depart Kafue National Park

Early morning light aircraft transfer from Lufupa Tented Camp to Lusaka Airport, where the safari ends.

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