'Miombo' Zambia's Northern Kafue. Guided by the people who know it best

A small group escorted safari to Zambia's vast and largely unknown Kafue National park exclusively escorted by Tony McKeith of the Busanga Safaris. And including staying with Tyrone McKeith of J&M safaris / Musekese. This safari takes you under the skin of this incredibly diverse and interesting wilderness, home to possibly the largest diversity wildlife of any African national park. You will stay in three great camps each in a contrasting area and environments. From the banks of the wide clear Kafue River to the vast open Busanga plains. You will explore on walking safaris, game drives both during the day and in to the night on river safaris, and the unique chance to sit quietly in viewing blinds and let the game come to you. Your guides are wildlife experts for whom the Kafue is home.

Safari tour package:
A set-date, set-itinerary, group safari
Price per person*:
$5350 - $5800
Includes internal flights:
Yes
Length of safari:
9 days
Best months:
October
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Not specified
Activity level:
Moderate - Game walks, Cultural visits
Safari type:
Night drive safaris Night drive Birding safaris Birding Boating safaris Boating
*Prices are estimates and used as guidelines only. Please contact the tour operator for an exact quote.
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The Kafue is justifiably emerging as a key destination for a safari to Zambia. Home to possibly the most varied wildlife of any African Park and yet with still just a few safari camps. Seeing other visitors is rare and the feeling of having the bush to yourself is wonderful. Your safari will be escorted throughout by Tony McKeith the founder of Busanga safaris, who will help you get the most from your safari. Working in unison with local guides and trackers we will take you under the skin of this vast and beautiful area.
Your safari takes you on a journey exploring all the various habitat types that make up this vast wilderness. Uncovering the incredibly varied wildlife that exists here amongst the shady Miombo woodlands, on the seasonal oxbow lagoons (Dambos), along the clear waters of the Kafue River and it’s tributaries and on the breathtaking vastness of the Busanga Plains.
You will be on safari during a dry season, which started very early this year, making for a dramatic time to be in the Kafue, and we hope and expect that you will encounter many of the Kafue’s diverse antelope species which includes; Roan, Sable, Hartebeest, Wildebeest, Puku, Oribi and Red Lechwe to name just a few.
Predators are thriving, with a healthy population of Lions spread across the Kafue. Typical to the woodland habitat Leopards stalk the shadows. Cheetah are often seen. Serval are seen hunting especially on the plains and African Wild Cat, amongst many other smaller mammals.
Wild dogs are here and although they remain a hard spot, sightings increase as the dry season passes and our local knowledge increase your chances.
Birds are a big part of any safari and the Kafue has an impressive list which your guides will be able to identify. Spectacular flocks of Open Billed Storks swirl over the plains which are home to some rare and endemic species including Wattled Cranes and delightful Yellow and Rosy throated Longclaws.

Days 1 & 2 
On arrival in Lusaka pass through immigration where you will pay for your visa entry ($50pp). Having collected your bags you will be met and after a warm welcome you will drive in a comfortable air cond vehicle on the 4 1/2 hours (approx) to the Kafue National Park. The journey passes through Lusaka city. The scene soon changes as the city gives way to villages and bush on your journey west out to the Kafue. 
Your safari begins at Mukambi safari lodge where you will stay in a luxury safari chalet on the banks of the Kafue a chance to unwind after your journey and to get in tune with the bush, the area is a mixture of riverine woodland and bush and has the habit of coming up with some spectacular and wildlife sightings. Game often visits camp and there are one or two resident (not tame) animals you may meet with around the lodge. Warthogs especially and with luck ‘Basil’ the resident Hippo!. 
We will be able to spend the remainder of the afternoon at Mukambi on a choice of game drive or we may like to take a gentle river safari. This will be dependent on when we arrive in camp but we will do our best to get in there good time. You will certainly have time to enjoy a relaxed dinner and a night cap before being escorted back to you chalet. 
Your two nights at Mukambi safari lodge are a chance to relax after the journey and spend time exploring the Kafue River and the surrounding bush, where some of the Kafue’s best wildlife viewing can be found. Your guide will arrange game drives during the morning and again in the late afternoon and in to the evening, aided with spot lights to pick out the nocturnal creatures. This is the key time to spot Leopards at their most active. Alternatively you may take a gentle boat safari with the chance of seeing Elephants crossing and enjoying the birdlife and the inevitable great African sunset. During the hot part of the day at Mukambi you will have time to relax around camp with you camera to hand! 

Days 3 - 4 & 5
Today your safari begins in earnest. Moving north after your stay at Mukambi you will journey with you guide on an extended game drive to the Plains Camp on the Busanga Plains, following the path of the Kafue and Lufupa Rivers you will pass through a variety of bush types and through some of the best game areas of the park, this journey can take 5 or 6 hours, very often generating interesting wildlife sights and a marked change in habitat as the bush gradually changes from woodland to semi open Savannah to emerge on to the Busanga plains.
The Busanga is a very mixed habitat with some large wooded islands where Elephant feed and thousands of smaller ancient termite mounds toped with fan palms and fig trees making perfect hiding places for predators. Lechwe congregate on floating grass that covers the Lufupa River as it flows across and under the plains. In the North Papyrus swamps can reveal Sitatunga and a myriad of birds. 
The Plains Camp a small classic and very comfortable bush camp sitting on an island of palms in the middle of this vast ecosystem, with uninterrupted views of the surrounding plains. Your home will be a large Meru style tent with an open bush bathroom. Expect warm bucket showers and flush toilets. Meals are enjoyed with your guides and the few other guests in the main boma. Big settees are a perfect place to relax and take in the ever changing view and absorb the sounds of tropical Bulbuls in the great old fig tree. 
Game drives will be your main activity on the plains as distances are quite big, although you can walk if you wish. Game drives leave camp early (06.00) and usually return at the hottest part of the day. Venturing out again in the late afternoon,and staying out until darkness draws out the nocturnal species which you continue to search for with the aid of a spotlight. Lions are very active here and the sounds Lions calling at night wafting through the walls of your tent is a magical experience. Please don't be tempted to walk around at night as the Lions in the last years have become more relaxed than ever in camp, Hippo are very often grazing between the tents. 
The resident guides at Plains Camp are extremely knowledgeable and skilled, they know this place and the habits of the wildlife like no one else and they will do their very best to help you explore and experience as much as possible of the Busanga Plains.

Days 6 - 7 & 8
After three nights on the Busanga we will head south across the plains, retracing our route on an extended and often productive game drive in the Musanza and Chibembe areas, to the confluence on the Lufupa and Kafue Rivers where you will rendezvous with a boat fromMusekese Bush Camp to begin the next part of your safari. 
Musekese sits on a low ridge overlooking a dambo which holds water for most of the year and just beyond is the clear Kafue River. Game is attracted to the dambo throughout the day, Waterbuck and Puku in particular, rare wattled cranes are frequent visitors. Musekese is in the middle of a resident male Leopard’s territory and he can very often be seen and heard calling as he patrols passed camp. Lion Elephants are frequent visitors.
This is an authentic bush camp with a comfortable understated style and attention to detail that makes for a classic safari experience. You will be staying in airy Meru tents with comfy beds and open to the sky private en suite with flush toilets and warm bucket showers. The sounds of the bush drift through the walls of your tent and sleep comes easily. Meals are fresh and varied gaining great reviews. Al fresco breakfasts before an early morning foray in to the bush. Light lunches in the shade of the Sitenji (lounge). Drinks in the evening by the camp fire precede Dinner enjoyed in the Sitenji or under the stars. 
This is Tyrone’s McKeith's home in the bush. Tyrone is an honorary Zambian Wildlife Officer who also contributes time and skills to wildlife conservation in the Kafue. 
You guide and Tony will arrange activities to suit your preferences. Explore the bush on gentle walking trails, either walking out and back or if you prefer taking lunch in to the bush for full day in the peace and solitude of the wilderness. You will discover wildlife on river safaris and be able to spend quiet hours observing game from viewing blinds. Game drives during the day and in to the night are also available either on trails that lead from camp or in a contrasting area 20 mins down river at the confluence of the Kafue and Lufupa Rivers, where we position a vehicle to give access to this area.

 

Day 9
Today after a relaxed breakfast and time to bid farewell to the team at Musekese. You will be driven back to Lusaka airport in time to catch your on homeward flight.

Itinerary:
Night 1 & 2 – Mukambi Safari Lodge
Night 3,4 & 5 – Busanga Plains’ Camp
Night 6,7 & 8 – Musekese Camp

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • Musekese Bush Camp
  • Mukambi River Lodge
  • The Plains Camp (Busanga)

Busanga Safaris

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