Busanga Bush Camp was the first camp built in the remote northwest of Kafue. Built entirely under a canopy of majestic fig and...
Elephant on the shores of lake itezhi tezhi
View of the Kafue River from the top of an inselberg
Morning walk in Kafue National Park
Zambia: Kafue from North to South
Plains, woodland, river & lake. A mega transect of a mega park
- Travel from the north to the south of Kafue
- As many different forms of transport
- Want to see plenty of wildlife
- Looking for authentic bush camps
Zambia's Kafue National park is made for a journey like this - vast, staggeringly varied and home to some wonderful privately owned safari camps
Expect to pay from
£3725 ($5400) per person
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What we suggested - and why
Few other parks offer the same variety of wildlife, terrain and transport as Zambia's Kafue National Park. From the wide open plains, blonde grasses and tree islands of the Busanga Plains in the north, to the massive Kafue River, riven by lava flows and brimming with wildlife, to the remarkable and totally unexpected Lake Itezhi tezhi in the southern end of the park.
Spending a week and a half in the Kafue is akin to visiting four separate National Parks without ever leaving one. Less than an hour by air from Lusaka, the Busanga Plains houses camps built with real style and comfort. Consistently good game-viewing, including impressively dark-maned lions and their tree climbing mates, big ellies as well as more esoteric species such as Lechwe and Serval, provides an excellent introduction to this monstrous park. Top it all off with Zambia's only ballooning experience - a magic-carpet ride across the savannah.
The next stop is Musekese and an opportunity to stretch the legs - first class walking in an unusually fire-free area. Expertly guided with passion and substance this is arguably the most intense experience of the journey. The camp is tiny (four tents) and although relatively new already has a strong following among the safari cognoscenti. Fly-camp if you can.
A long, but interesting, drive takes you through the middle of the Park and down to Kaingu. Here the river changes character in to a fairyland of channels and countless islands. After the intensity of the last few days this is a great spot to relax and watch the water flow by, from your room, in a boat or in a canoe. There is ample fishing opportunity for anglers of any standard and a cornucopia of beautiful birds. There is also the opportunity to walk or drive - but the emphasis is very much on chilling and after the utilitarian nature of the last few days it is a lovely place to do so.
The last stop is Lake Itezh Tezhi - some people ponder whether to include it but we'd absolutely encourage you to do so for the contrast alone. Here short green grass grazing plains slope gently to the lake which is a magnet for both birds and beasts. The only camp in the vicinity is run with Italian flair and swagger and is truly unique. This is a great spot to ponder all that was seen along the way.
For those fortunate enough to have experienced a few safaris, an increasing fear that we hear is the gentrification of the genre - the smoothing off of the rough edges and the demise of the characterful in favour of the formulaic. There may be some truth of this in some places, but certainly not the Kafue. This is old style-safaring taken back to its routes where a significant journey can be made and thoroughly enjoyed, with a lot of the pleasure derived from the travelling itself.
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