Kafue National Park camps - Konkamoya Camp
Set on the shores of Lake Itezhi Tezhi, Konkamoya Camp is a somewhat eccentric place. Owned and operated with great passion by Andrea Porro, a refugee from the Milanese fashion industry, there is nothing formulaic about this camp. The tents are cavernous yet comfortable and Italian fare excellent - but it is the fact that there is nowhere else quite like it, in either setting or function, that gives it most of its charm.
Lake Itezhi Tezhi was created in the 1970s as part of a massive hydro project, this produced an entirely different eco-system from anywhere else in the Kafue, with massive, rich grazing plains which attract the herbivores, that in turn bring in the predators. It is not unusual to see tens of elephants and hundreds of buffalo in the same vista. These grazing plains are mercifully free from tsetse flies while the lake shore is alive with wildfowl and waders. Andrea is a keen proponent of the mid-night game-drive in search of Aardvark, for which he claims a remarkably high success rate and will eagerly take anyone, invariably armed with espresso, who shows an inkling of interest.
Surprisingly perhaps, given that it is set on a large body of water game-viewing at Konkamoya is almost exclusively by vehicle - walking is possible but limited by a combination of the lack of cover and number of thirsty large animals and the hippo here have always been somewhat aggressive to boats with which they associate the local fisherman and their long acrimonious relationship.
Konkamoya makes for a wonderful start or end point to a Kafue safari.
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