- July – October
- SATSA (Southern Africa Toursim Services Association)
- BirdLife South Africa
- Test: No
The Kafue Explorer safari will give you a true taste of the Kafue National Park with a three-night visit to the seasonal camp Ntemwa-Busanga in the Busanga Plains in the North, and five nights at Musekese Camp located on a shallow wetland just off the Kafue River.
Both camps we use are owned by people who have a deep love and understanding of the Kafue National Park, whose efforts in conservation are noticeable and dramatically transforming the National Park. All this because of the dedicated conservation efforts put in by Jeffrey and McKeith Safaris.
The areas offer an abundance of wildlife and bird species. If you are interested in a safari that offers exclusivity, professional and experienced guiding, no frills but a very comfortable bush camp – then this could be the best option for you.
WHAT TO EXPECT
- 8 nights’ accommodation in some of Kafue National Park’s most picturesque places
- 3 of Kafue National Park’s scenic camps
- Big Five viewing by land and by water
- Various transport options available on request
- Boat cruises, game drives, walking safaris and more included
Day 1 – 4: Musekese Camp, Kafue National Park
Your tour will begin with a pick-up at Lusaka International Airport or at a Hotel in Lusaka. The drive to Kafue National Park will take approximately five to six hours, where you will be staying at Musekese Camp in luxury, en-suite tents. Once settled in – you will head out for your first game drive outing or river cruise on the Kafue River.
The area hosts a vast array of animals and afternoon game drives will allow you the opportunity to explore the area in open vehicle’s while searching for elephant, leopard, lion, hyena, side-striped jackal, white-tailed mongoose, and even some rare antelope like sable, roan and puku. Many of which can be seen at the waterholes from camp. This includes rare water birds like the critically-endangered wattled crane, and red-throated twinspots.
Meals: Dinner, including local drinks
Day 4 – 7: Ntemwa-Busanga Camp, Kafue National Park
After an early breakfast you will be transfered by boat across the Kafue River, and then by vehicle to Ntemwa-Busanga Camp located in the Busanga Plains in the northern region of the Park.
You will have the remainder of the afternoon to relax before heading out on a drive or walk, exploring this game rich northern sector of the Kafue. Returning to our camp for dinner and cold drinks around the fire, all while listening to the sounds of the African bush.
You will head out on daily game drives to the Busanga Plains, exploring the area in the far north at the boundary of the park where unique species such as lechwe and sitatunga can be found. You can also spend your time on walking safaris or visiting game-viewing hides.
Busanga is an irrefutable paradise as much for its big game as it is for its smaller, less seen game like serval, jackal, and roan antelope. For the birders – birding here is second-to-none with a chance to ‘tick off’ a whole host of grassland and swampland species on your sightings list.
Meals: Full board, including local drinks
Day 7-9: Musekese Camp, Kafue National Park
A morning game drive and transfer back to Musekese Camp will get you back in time for brunch and an afternoon to relax back into the comfort of Musekese Camp life. The afternoon activity is once again your choice, but a suggested afternoon boat trip on the river, maybe heading to the skimmer bird colonies on the islands, would be a wonderful way to spend the afternoon.
Dinner under the night sky once more with 3 courses while sharing stories of the past few days’ adventure.
Enjoy the remaining two days at Musekese with game drives, river cruises and nature walks in the Musekese area accompanied by the highly skilled and passionate guides.
Meals: Full board, including local drinks
Day 9: Departure
This is your final morning at Musekese and depending on your time requirements, you’ll take one last morning game drive around the surrounding areas, or take it easy and sleep in a little and enjoy the beautiful scenery from your room. The vlei in front of the rooms and lodge is filled with birds and wildlife and sometimes it’s most enjoyable to just sit and watch.
You will then be transferred from Musekese back to Lusaka by vehicle. The return journey by road will take approximately five to six hours. For those who choose the option to fly back to Lusaka you will be transferred to the Lufupa airstrip to connect with the commercial or private charter.
Based in the spectacular area known as “Eden”, the Musekese Camp is nestled in a large stand of massive riverine trees overlooking an immense dambo (complex of shallow wetlands). You can sit and watch the diverse and large congregations of wildlife from the comfort of your own chalet, or while having a drink on the deck. You can see herds of elephant, hundreds of puku, and even a few resident lion prides in the area.
The camp itself comprises of four traditionally thatched chalets, all complete with comfortable beds, soft luxury linens and locally sourced furnishings. Small, extra touches ensure Musekese is unlike any other camp in the Kafue. Open air en-suite bathrooms come with traditional wood warmed bucket showers and flushing toilets, combining style with practicality for a comfortable stay.
This rustic, small and intimate tented camp gives access to the famed Busanga Plains as well as the game-rich and picturesque surrounds of the Musanza and Treetops areas.
A photographer’s dream, the open plains of the Busanga with the plentiful herds of lechwe and wildebeest to the leopard-rich acacia woodlands of Musanza, this camp is great as a stand-alone camp or better still taken in conjunction with our main camp at Musekese.
Camp comprises of just three large canvas tents, each with their own, private, short-drop toilets and safari bucket-showers.
All prices are subject to change due to availability, season, number of guests and special requests.
It is advised that guests take out the necessary travel insurance to cover any costs of lost baggage, flight cancellations or curtailment. Navigate Africa Safaris cannot be held responsible for any costs incurred by airlines.
It is compulsory for guests to have comprehensive medical insurance to cover them for any medical costs that may result in injuries or illnesses.
All guests travelling with Navigate Africa Safaris are covered for emergency evacuation. Should there be a situation where you are ill or injured and the conditions are life threatening – we will arrange an emergency evacuation for you.
SATSA (Southern Africa Tourism Services Association)
BirdLife South Africa
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