The Kafue National Park is one of Africa’s hidden safari gems. Despite its vast size (22,400 square km), it remains off the radar for many safari enthusiasts who end up being drawn into the what are some of the better known parks in Africa. First established as a National Park in the 1950’s, it remains relatively untouched with huge areas of virgin bush never having seen a tourist.
A Kafue Safari is one of the last truly wild bush experiences. For many years the Kafue has taken a back seat to the likes of the Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park and the Lower Zambezi. And whilst those two locations have grown in popularity, the Kafue has quietly remained untouched by tourism. A wild Kafue Safari will take you well and truly into the wild. You will be hard pressed to see another vehicle, let alone another person outside of your group. You will experience a safari like they used to be before mass tourism, enjoying the peace and quiet combined with savage nature at its most raw.
What you can see on a Wild Kafue Safari
Look out for lion and leopard and, if you are lucky you may spot the elusive cheetah – one of the very few places in Zambia where you will see cheetah. The usual suspects are all there including elephant, buffalo, giraffe and hippo. For birders there are over 400 species to look out for including the majestic fish eagle. Pretty much everything is covered on a Kafue Safari. Unfortunately, the only big-five animal you won’t see is the rhino which no longer roams the Kafue national park. But you can always see the rhino with a Bongwe Safaris game drive/walking safari in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Livingstone either before or after your Kafue adventure.
Where you will stay
Your accommodation will be rustic, but comfortable, and you will be camping in the middle of the bush. Your meals will be cooked on a fire and your cell phones, tablets and laptops will remain unconnected to the world at large. Whilst you will be camping there are ablutions and functioning toilets at the camp site.
Depart Livingstone 09.00 am for Kafue National Park. Travel through rural Zambia, picnic lunch en-route. Enter Kafue. Game drive to camp. Brief rest and snacks in camp prior to afternoon game drive around Nanzhila camp.
Early morning tea coffee and snacks before game drive in Nanzhila area Return to camp for a hearty breakfast. Head north game viewing along the way. Visit to the Elephant Orphanage for a 2 hour tour – a highlight for many and showcasing the vital animal welfare work undertaken by this project. We will also have our mid day picnic at this time. Depart elephant orphanage and game drive to our next camp on the shores of Lake Itezh-Tezhi where a delicious evening meal has been prepared.
Another early morning with tea coffee and snacks before heading out to explore the surrounding area or optional walking safari returning to camp for breakfast. Then head south game viewing our way towards Nanzhila camp another great picnic style lunch and time to relax before heading of on an evening drive. We will stop for a sundowner drink before spotlighting back to camp search for elusive nocturnal animals. Another great meal awaits.
Time to head home. Early morning tea and coffee with hot bacon and egg rolls before our last game drive and return to Livingstone stopping en-route for our last picnic arrive Livingstone 14:00 hrs where you will have earned a few drinks and maybe a relax by the pool.
Pricing and Booking
Wild Kafue 4 Day/3 Night Safari $650 per person.
Book early to avoid disappointment, this safari sells out quickly during the busy months.
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