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Businesses in Kafue National Park Zambia

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KaingU Safari Lodge
Safari lodge
Kafue National Park
There are all manner of adventures possible in the unspoilt wilderness where you will find KaingU Safari Lodge. Time here can be action packed or simply tranquil time out so you can enjoy your natural surroundings and reconnect with your soul. The design and architecture of the entire safari camp is built to blend in and harmonise with the beautiful surroundings.
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KaingU Safari Lodge
Campsites
Kafue National Park
KaingU Lodge is a great weekend camping destination in the Kafue National Park in Zambia. It is easy to get to via the D769 (Itezhi Tezhi Road) which is tarred right to the KaingU turnoff. They have three quality campsites, each with an ablution block with hot and cold running water, a kitchen sink, fire pits and sheltered area. Lodge facilities are not part of the campsite but activities, meals and laundry can be organised for camping guests.
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KaingU Safari Lodge
Safari activities
Kafue National Park
KaingU Safari Lodge offer a fantastic range of family friendly safari activities in the Kafue National Park with some activities designed exclusively for kids. Experience wildlife rich game drives, walking safaris and boat cruises that can be tailored to your liking. Go on a canoeing adventure, fish the rich Zambezi river, relish delicious food in an idyllic spot handpicked for you and take cultural trips to the local school.
Mukambi Plains Camp - Busanga
Safari camp
Kafue National Park
A trip to the Busanga Plains brings a sense of adventure and the desire to explore the unknown. The Mukambi Plains Camp in Busanga provides four big well-furnished safari tents with two twin and two double en-suite open air bathrooms and a raised central viewing area overlooking the plains.
Shumba Camp
Safari camp
Kafue National Park
The bar and dining area is shaded by spectacular fig trees and boasts magnificent vistas over the open wildlife-rich plains. Dinner takes place either on the deck or in the cosy boma, along with a little Zambian culture while the camp's main deck is a perfect place to star gaze or relax after your evening meal.
Mukambi Fig Tree Bush Camp
Safari camp
Kafue National Park
Fig Tree Bush Camp overlooks a large lagoon, 1.7 km long and about 60m wide. This lagoon maintains it's alluring water throughout the season attracting an array of wildlife including elephant, puku, impala, warthog, zebra, and hartebeest. Predators like lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena are regular visitors.
Mayukuyuku Bush Camp
Campsites
Kafue National Park
Mayukuyuku Camp is perfectly placed for either motoring visitors or backpackers. It breaks the journey if you are travelling west to the Barotse Plains, Liuwa National Park, or the Kuomboka Ceremony near Mongu. This camp is unique in that it is accessible by two wheel drive vehicles.
Mayukuyuku Bush Camp
Safari camp
Kafue National Park
With 4 luxury en-suite permanent safari tents, Mayukuyuku Bush Camp gives you an intimate relationship with nature. Each safari tent overlooks the Kafue River with its own verandah, hammock, en-suite bathroom, open sky hot showers and flush toilets. The camp offers a wide range of activities.
Mukambi Safari Lodge
Safari
Kafue National Park
Mukambi restaurant, bar and the swimming pool area are centrally located. You will find several decks with a spectacular view over the Kafue river. Mukambi is famous for its excellent cuisine, friendly staff and highly experienced rangers. All accommodation offered at the lodge is on a full board basis.
Mukambi Safari Lodge
Safari lodge
Kafue National Park
Mukambi Safari Lodge is located within the Kafue National Park approximately 80kms from the eastern gate. Although very comfortable and relaxing, the set up resembles more of a small country hotel rather than a rural bush lodge, with stone flagged floors, white washed walls and high beamed roofs.
Musungwa Safari Lodge
Conference venue
Kafue National Park
Conference facilities at Musungwa which has a fully equipped conference venue for up to 100 delegates are for companies wanting 'something different'. With activities to promote team building such as squash, tennis, table tennis and a library catering for everyone the active or not so active person.
Musungwa Safari Lodge
Safari
Kafue National Park
Musungwa Lodge offers specialist safaris taking you into the heart of the bush by land cruiser, boat or foot, or the chance to relax, soak up the sun at the pool or at your lodge. Whichever is your choice you will take home memories never to be forgotten, the embers of the log fire, the call of the hyena.
Musungwa Safari Lodge
Safari lodge
Kafue National Park
Musungwa's central complex consists of three large thatched rondavels comprising of the reception, bar and restaurant and conferencing facility. They are designed to blend with the surroundings, utilizing ethnic architectural concepts, maintaining the true atmosphere of the African bush.
McBrides' Camp
Safari
Kafue National Park
McBrides Camp provides walking and driving safaris were guests view a wide range of bird and plant life. Large herds of antelope roam the plains including red lechwe, puku, sable and roan antelopes, waterbuck, tsessebe, hartebeest, as well as oribi and duiker. Large prides of lion, leopards and cheetah are the prime predators.
McBrides' Camp
Safari camp
Kafue National Park
McBride's Camp provides a peaceful, wild and rustic wildlife experience inside Kafue National Park. The camp is very remote with no signs of human life. With only seven chalets the safari experience is private and personal. The camp provides activities that include day game drives, game viewing by boat, fishing, bird watching.
Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp
Campsites
Kafue National Park
Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp offers a camp site facility with three sites each taking two vehicles. The campsites are located approximately 500 metres away from the lodge under the tree canopy overlooking the dambo. The campsites are purposely rustic and the only facilities are bucket showers and bush toilets.
Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp
Safari camp
Kafue National Park
The camp is located in the far south of the largely undeveloped and unspoiled Kafue National Park. This is a 12 bed camp which is in the very heart of the African bush and offers amazing game viewing opportunities. The camp offers a tranquil, intimate encounter with Zambia's finest wildlife.
Busanga Bush Camp
Safari camp
Kafue National Park
Busanga Bush Camp is run by Wilderness Safaris. The large plains have a numbers of animals that include such puku, red lechwe, buffalo and wildebeest and a resident herd of roan antelope. The Busanga Plains provide some of the best lion viewing in Africa. For those interested in birding, the park boasts 491 species, including as the endemic Chaplin's barbet.
Kushiyana Safaris
Safari
Kafue National Park
At over 22,000 square kilometres, Kafue National Park is one of Africa's largest parks. It is an adventure filled, yet relaxing retreat where you get the feeling you have the entire park all to yourself.'Kushiyana' means 'variety' in the locally spoken Nyanja language. The Safaris give the perfect way to enjoy all that's good about Kafue.
Leopard Lodge
Safari
Kafue National Park
Leisurely walks and day or night game drives, from Leopard Lodge, all give excellent opportunities for viewing delightful wildlife. The resident leopards and lions have also been sighted within the camp catching impala, puku and bushbuck – quite an eye opener! Enjoy the many safari activities offered.
Leopard Lodge
Safari lodge
Kafue National Park
Leopard Lodge has five en-suite chalets. They are individually sited for privacy, and all have Kafue River views. The elegant Rhodesian Teak furnishing in the chalets complements the African Colonial décor. The chalet bedding is 100% percale cotton linen – bliss after a busy day in the bush!
Mawimbi Bush Camp
Safari camp
Kafue National Park
Mawimbi Bush Camp has four large uniquely styled canvas tents which are located on the river bank. It offers wonderful exclusive views of this wonderous river. Each tent has its own outdoor ensuite bathrooms with a hand wash basin and bucket shower that is supplied with on-demand hot water. On-site chefs cook the best dishes from the best ingredients.
Mawimbi Bush Camp
Canoeing and fishing
Kafue National Park
At Mawimbi Bush Camp, canoeing through an amazing variety of habitats and breathtaking scenery is the main adventure offered. It is sometimes fast and exciting through near-rapid rushing waters and sometimes lazy and leisurely on the meandering river. You can also fish using the lure or the fly.

Kafue National Park

This is Zambia’s oldest park and by far the largest. It was established as a game reserve in 1924 and became an official national park in 1950. The park offers african wilderness with exciting wildlife safaris, incredible birding and fishing opportunities. It is home to over 55 different species of animals and over 400 species of birds. Ranging from established lodges which offer luxury to budget safari accommodation.

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.

Wildlife

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.