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Mukambi Safari Lodge

Kafue National Park, Zambia
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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.

Safari lodge

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.

Scattered around the deck are small arrangements of armchairs and coffee tables. Without doubt there is space to breathe here, with a very large main lodge, several standard chalets and a family villa which are all very spacious, clean and airy. The tented accommodation is set apart from the chalets and is very basic and much cheaper, and within the price you are still able to benefit from all the facilities of the main lodge. A beautiful setting right on the river with large verandahs extending over the water from the main lodge and some of the rooms.

Mukambi Safari Lodge is a Zambian based company that operates three camps in the Kafue National Park, Mukambi Safari Lodge on the Kafue River, which is open throughout the year, a comfortable 3 hour drive from Lusaka, Mukambi Fig Tree Bush Camp and Mukambi Plains Camp on the spectacular Busanga Plains, a 150 km game drive from the main lodge to the bush camp all through Kafue National Park.

Chalets (2-4 persons):

Eight comfortable en-suite chalets for two persons of which one a family unit (4 persons) with en suite bathroom,rondavel type, 24hrs electricity and hot water. Chalets come with either one queen size double bed or 2 single beds with cotton sheets, duvet, extra blankets available and mosquito nets.

The family chalet has 2 bedrooms, one with a double bed and one with 2 single beds plus a lounge for relaxation. Bathroom comes with shower, toilet, basin and mirror. Outside terrace with chairs and side table.

Family Villa (4-persons):

One luxury family riverside villa with two bedrooms both en suite. One with a queen sized bed and the other with two singles, a fully furnished living room, an extensive wooden deck overlooking the Kafue River. This unit is right on the banks of the river.

Luxury Safari Tents:

Four luxury tents that have a private deck with comfy seating overlooking the Kafue River. This is the most luxurious accommodation with each unit situated privately surrounded by natural riverine bush. A freestanding ball and claw bathtub is found on each deck. Further enhancing the African theme, the furniture is made out of recycled wood from dhows that used to sail the Indian Ocean off Tanzania. Romantic mosquito nets surround luxurious box spring beds and the entrance to the private deck is made of wall to wall wooden sliding glass doors that provide spectacular views and light into the tents. The tents have an open bathroom set up with shower, toilet and washbasin. All rooms are made up as king beds but can be made up as twins on request.

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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.

Game drives

Game drives are done twice a day. One departs at sunrise and the afternoon drive, partly a night drive, leaves approximately two hours before sunset. Drives are three and a half to three hours long. The vehicles are located in the park, which is a short boat trip across the Kafue River, so game drives depart from within the park daily.

Walking safaris

Walks leave around an hour after sunrise to avoid the heat of the day. The walks take place in the Kafue National Park itself and are approximately three hours (unfortunately not available due to the wet conditions from approximately Dec to May).

Fishing trips

Fishing trips by boat take place at any time of day and are approximately 2.5 hours long. Only basic equipment and bait included. It is advisable for professional fishermen to bring their own equipment if possible.

Boat cruises/sunset cruises

Boat cruises over the Kafue river can also take place at any time of the day but we also have a scheduled Sunset Cruise each evening.

Tour to Mukambi Community school

With the help of generous donors we were able to establish the Mukambi Community School. Daily visits to the school are scheduled after the morning activity. Guests often ask what they can bring as a gift for the school. English reference books and children's reading books and magazines for their library plus any consumables are recommended. However, any donations are well received!

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