The Complete Kafue Safari

This journey covers the length of Zambia’s biggest National Park and covers the Kafue River, Lunga River, Lake Itezhi-tezhi and teeming plains in the north and south.

Your 17 night Kafue safari will start at Lusaka International Airport where, on arrival, you will be met by a member of our safari team. Once you collected your luggage, you will hop on board the safari cruiser which will begin the journey west towards Zambia’s largest and most remote national park.

The Kafue National Park The park boasts nearly 500 species of bird, the widest antelope range of any park in Zambia and some of our neighboring countries, good cat populations and plenty of big game. The flora is very diverse, you will be rummaging through many different biomes on your adventure, whilst enjoying the comfort of the parks finest establishments.
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The Complete Kafue Safari Route

*This route can also be done in reverse order

  1. Lusaka Airport

  2. Kafue River Camp

  3. Lunga Kikuji Lodge

  4. Kasonso Busanga Bushcamp

  5. Kaingu Camp

  6. Hippo Bay Camp

  7. Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp

  8. Maramba River Camp

Day 1 – 4: Kafue River Tented Camp

Kafue River, Northern section of Kafue National Park

Your first stop is our exclusive camp on the Kafue River.

This stretch of the Kafue River is a pristine oasis bustling with a myriad of wildlife and birdlife. The nature of the river and surrounding habitat in this remote northern section of the park lends itself to a diversity of water and land-based boating activities which are on offer.

Kafue River Camp Highlights include:

Riverfront location

The camp is located on the banks of the Kafue River. Enjoy your early morning coffee as the mist lifts off the water or be treated to a sight of elephants swimming across the river.

Diverse Activities

 The diversity of safari activities allows you to immerse yourself iin the varied habitats this national park has to offer.

Private & Remote

This north western section of the park sees a minimal amount of visitors and safari operators. This means you will have most sightings to yourself!

Day 4 – 6: Lunga Kikuji Lodge

Lunga River, Northern section of Kafue National Park

On day 4 of your safari you will venture north into the remote Lunga Wilderness. This area is a relatively unexplored corner of the Kafue with no other operators and very little visitors passing through. Tucked away in the riverine vegetation on the banks of the Lunga River, this wilderness is waiting to be explored. Ideal for the keen birder, water lover, fishermen and lovers of time and space. Kikuji Camp is a comfortable and intimate bush camp with the focus being on appreciating the secluded wilderness around you. The 4 safari suites are built with canvas walls, gauze windows and thatched rooves on wooden decks. All rooms have detached but private ablution with a flush toilet, shower and a basin sink.

Lunga Kikuji Camp Highlights include:

River Activites

River based boat cruises for wildlife and birding is a wonderfully peaceful way to spend a morning or afternoon.

Peaceful Setting

The sheer tranquility and beauty of the river combined with the remote location ensures that exclusivity is yours. 

Superb Bream Fishing

For anglers and non-anglers, hooking onto a bream and releasing it back into the crystal clear river is always a fun activity!

Day 6 – 9: Kasonso Busanga Bushcamp

Busanga Plains, Northern section of Kafue National Park

On day 6 of your Kafue adventure, you will drive northwards towards the famous Busanga Plains. The transfer will take approximately 4 hours. The drive is very picturesque as you wind your way through the Miombo woodland forests!  The Busanga Plains is undoubtedly the best place for wildlife viewing in Kafue National Park and Kasonsoour bushcamp – is located right in the heart of the prime game viewing area. The Busanga Plains area is perfectly situated to see large numbers of red lechwe, but is also well known for the big lions, buffalo, elephant, wildebeest and relaxed roan antelope.

Kasonso Busanga Camp Highlights include:

Incredible lion encounters

The lions of Busanga are a highlight of the region and the encounters of these cats moving around the floodplains is something to behold.

Stunning Scenery

The water, fig tree islands and floodplains make for superb birding and the Busanga has an incredible birding list to experience.

Bushcamp Style Accommodation

An authentic bushcamp that provides all the important fundamentals of a comfortable camp but focuses on the outstanding guiding and wildlife experience.

Day 9 – 11: Kaingu River Camp

Kafue River, Central Kafue National Park

After a morning activity, time permitting, you will leave the Busanga Plains and start the journey South to the central Kafue! We will set up camp in the Namwala Game Management Area (GMA) on a spectacular and remote stretch of the Kafue River. The Kafue National Park, just opposite the lodge and only a 10 minute boat trip away, offers magnificent game that you can enjoy viewing from our comfortable open game drive vehicles.

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The Kafue River, with all its myriad of channels, rapids and islands lends itself to a range of exciting river based activities which include boat cruises, fishing, birding, canoeing and river trails. From the top of one of the large granite boulders in the Namwala GMA you will get a 360° view over nothing but nature!

Kaingu River Camp Highlights include:

Kayak on the Kafue River

The section of the Kafue River around Kaingu is stunning and the boat cruises and canoe trips are an absolute must on this trip to complement the game drive experience.

Beautiful Scenery

The riverside setting at Kaingu is stunning with constant bird activity and the honking of hippos in the background.

Safari Walks

Large granite boulders which can be found around the lodge add a wonderful feature to  safari nature walks.

Day 11 – 13: Hippo Bay Camp

Lake Itezhi-tezhi, Central Kafue National Park

On day 13 of your Kafue expedition you will depart the banks of the Kafue River for the lush green lake shore of Lake Itezhi Tezhi. The Lake is Zambia’s second largest body of water after Lake Tanganyika; it’s mostly surrounded by the National Park making it an important water source for wildlife and birdlife. As the Lake shore recedes in the drier months, the fresh green grass becomes a magnet for grazing herbivores like Puku, Buffalo, Impala and Zebra. 

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Our Camp at Hippo Bay is set up very close to the Lake Shore. The Camp, although close to the main entrance of the park, feels very secluded nestled under a miombo woodland thicket.  The experience here is all about exploring the shoreline of the lake and the diversity of species that inhabit this area.

Hippo Bay Camp highlights include:

Dine under the stars

This camp is totally off the grid so you will dine under the stars and wake up to fresh coffee brewed over the fire!

Beautiful Scenery

Lake Itezhi Tezhi is a massive expanse of water surrounded by lush green grasslands. The striking remains of  trees that once thrived on these plains provide a perch for several Fish Eagles

Wildlife in abundance

Puku for as far as the eye can see, flocks of crested guineafowl and herds of elephant wallowing in the Lake – the Lake is a magnet for wildlife!

Day 13 – 15: Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp

Southern Kafue National Park

As you leave Lake Itezhi Tezhi and drive south you will notice how the landscape opens up from Mopane thicket into the wide open spaces of the Nanzhila Plains. Enjoy a game drive into camp, and settle into the beautiful rooms with views over the dambo to enjoy a two night stay. Nanzhila is the closest true safari destination in Zambia to the Victoria Falls and enjoys nearly 3000sqkm to itself. An incredible variety of wildlife and birding species as well as a magnificent location, overlooking the dambo make Nanzhila one of the most memorable safari camps in Zambia.

Nanzhila Plains Camp highlights include:

Safari Accommodation

The Nanzhila chalets or safari tents all have beautiful views over the dambo and the gauzed windows allow all the wonderful sounds of the African night to reach you clearly!

Diverse Wildilfe

Game drives and safari walks around Nanzhila are bound to reveal a wide variety of wildlife and bird species including 4 out the Big 5!

Owner Run

Your hosts at Nanzhila are the owners – Steve and Cindy Smith – which means you are assured of faultless attention to detail and wonderful  stories around the fire about life in the bush!

Day 15 – 18: Maramba River Camp

Victoria Falls

The final leg of your journey will take you to Livingstone, built around one of the seven wonders of the world, Victoria Falls.  We will set up camp at Maramba River Lodge, ideally located just 4km from the Victoria Falls. It provides a most attractive all-year-round accommodation base in a shaded woodland setting overlooking the Maramba River.  Maramba offers a wide variety of activities in and around the Victoria Falls which include river rafting adventures, falls visits and gorge swings and bungee jumping over the falls! There are also markets, museums and plenty of places to eat in town.

Maramba River Camp highlights include:

Victoria Falls

The Nanzhila chalets or safari tents all have beautiful views over the dambo and the gauzed windows allow all the wonderful sounds of the African night to reach you clearly!

Plenty of Activities

Game drives and safari walks around Nanzhila are bound to reveal a wide variety of wildlife and bird species including 4 out the Big 5!

Zambezi River Cruises

Your hosts at Nanzhila are the owners – Steve and Cindy Smith – which means you are assured of faultless attention to detail and wonderful  stories around the fire about life in the bush!

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