Kafue National Park, Zambia
People used to say the Southern Kafue is the place you go for your third or fourth safari. That’s industry code for “by then you more interested in the smaller things and won’t mind the fact that the exciting big animal species are rarely seen.” Except that’s no longer the truth. Southern Kafue is still great for a third or fourth visit but the notion of this wilderness being the poor cousin of the Lower Zambezi and Luangwa simply isn’t accurate – it’s just misdirected. The safari experience at Nanzhila Plains and Lake Camp is very different from other parts of Zambia – which is great and very necessary. The key word about Southern Kafue is diversity – you will not find another wildlife region in Zambia with as wide a variety of mammal and bird species as Southern Kafue. You see a wide range of different animals all the time. Then when Predator Season comes around from October to December, you have lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah showing up on an almost daily basis to hunt the hundreds of antelope gathering on fertile grazing lands left behind by the receded lake and Musa River levels.
Wide variety of wildlife and bird species.
Authentic, owner-run hospitality with the Smith Family.
Miles and miles of remote wilderness with almost no other people around.
Seasonal boating and bream fishing at Lake Camp. 3 chalets and 3 safari tents sleeping a total of 12 at Nanzhila Plains Camp.
3 chalets and a Family Chalet sleeping a total of 10 at Nanzhila Lake Camp.
When Steve and Cindy Smith, the owners of Nanzhila, first drove around the Southern Kafue, the only animal they saw in 3 days was a tortoise! Currently, the 24 hour mammal species count record is 27 different mammal species in 2 game drives (morning and evening). That list didn’t include the small, furry and non-descript species like mice, moles and bats!
Three things you will appreciate when visiting Nanzhila:
Both Plains and Lake Camps are small, intimate bushcamps beautifully set overlooking game rich areas.
Game drives and safari walks at both camps are bound to reveal a wide variety of wildlife and bird species including 4 of the Big 5!
Your hosts are also the owners, which means you’re assured of faultless attention to detail and hours of stories about life in the bush.
A 2 or 3 night stay at one of the properties further north of the Kafue River like Kaingu.
A 2 or 3 night stay in Livingstone to see the Victoria Falls.
A 3 or 4 night safari in Hwange, Zimbabwe.
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