Exploring the Stunning Scenery and Wildlife of Kafue National Park

10 Days
Zambia
Classic

This 10-day safari, displays the beautiful Busanga plains, with a cool river ecosystem right before your eyes. Experience the great herds and expansive views of Busanga with its rust-red sunsets and prolific game and combine your encounter with a luxurious chalet on the banks of the Kafue River.

Not only does the river bring a tranquil, slow-paced safari experience, but also give you a chance to enjoy our hospitality on a whole new level. If you are looking for a natural, off-the-beaten-track and authentic sensation for your African trip, then this itinerary will no doubt deliver just that for you.

Highlights

  • Experience the full range of safari activities that provides something for everyone
  • River-based boat cruises for wildlife and birding is a wonderfully peaceful way to spend a morning or afternoon
  • The lions of Busanga are a highlight of the region and the encounters of these cats moving around the floodplains are something to behold

Inclusions

  • 9 Nights Ensuite Accommodation ((3 nights at Kafue River Lodge, 3 nights at Kasonso Busanga camp & 3 nights Kikuji Camp)
  • All Meals daily (Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea/coffee & Dinner)
  • Selected Drinks, Laundry Services, All National Park Entry Fees
  • Two Game Viewing activities per full Day (Both Land and water-based Safari activities)
  • All Road transfers from /to Lusaka – Return

The Itinerary

Day 1

Meet & Greet/Transfer to Kafue River Lodge

When you arrive in Lusaka, at Kenneth Kaunda International airport, you will be welcomed by our representative. Then your adventure transfer to Kafue National Park begins.

You will depart for Kafue River Lodge through local village settlements, farms and the bush and you will be arriving at the lodge later in the afternoon, check-in and relax. Later you will have dinner and bedtime at Kafue River Lodge.

Day 2

Kafue River Lodge – Kafue National Park

Breakfast in the morning and then morning game viewing activities follow, only returning to the lodge for your lunch and free time to relax, followed by afternoon tea/coffee time. Later you will go out for the afternoon game viewing activities and return to the lodge to relax and then dinner time, bedtime at Kafue River lodge.

There are a full range of activities; Game drives, Boat Cruise, Bushwalk and Bush Bikes

Day 3

Kafue River Lodge to Busanga Plains

Today you will have breakfast and then your trip continues, to the famous Busanga Plains. You will pass through the Kafue National Park giving you more chances of spotting some animals on your way.

The Busanga Plains are considered to be the best places for wildlife viewing in Kafue National Park. During the rainy season, the flat land is largely flooded. From June the water starts to dry up, making it an ideal habitat for large herds of antelopes, buffalos, elephants and many other animal species.

You will lunch en route under a nice shed miombo tree, before the final stretch arriving at the Camp. Since it is about 8 hours trip through the National Park, guides will always keep an eye on the game, birds and anything of interest to the clients.

Check-in and you will either relax and enjoy the view of the Busanga plains or go out for a short game drive before enjoying Sundowners. Then back to the camp, later have dinner and Overnight Kasonso Busanga.

Day 4 & 5

Busanga Plains Kafue National Park

Breakfast In the morning and depart for the morning game viewing activities, it is time for you to discover this fascinating area on game drives. The area is best known for its fantastic lion sightings, they roam the area, always looking for prey. The water, the fig trees and the flood plains also contribute to the fact that a great variety of birds can be found here.

You will return to the camp for lunch and free time to relax. Then afternoon tea/coffee follows, and after the afternoon game drive, back to the camp to relax and later dinner which is served under the stars on the open plains and overnight at Kasonso Busanga.

Optional; if clients would like to spend much time on the plane, packed lunch can be arranged and you will only return to the camp in the afternoon

Day 6

Kafue, Busanga Plains – Kafue, Lunga River

On this day you have tea/coffee and light breakfast in the morning, then depart Busanga Plains. You will head South to the Lunga River, towards the Lunga Kikuji Camp.

Now is the time to experience the unexplored Kafue, a new and exciting wilderness of Kafue National Park on the Lunga River. This amazing and simple Bushcamp is located on the banks of the Lunga River in the northern parts of Kafue National Park giving you relaxation and enjoyment of absolute peace.

Check-in, lunch and free time to relax, and afterwards you will have afternoon tea/coffee, just before you head out for the afternoon boat Cruise. Return to the camp, relax and later dinner & overnight at Kikuji Camp.

Day 7 & 8

Kikuji Camp – Lunga River, Kafue NP

During these days you will have tea/coffee and a light breakfast before heading out for the morning activity. You and your guide will discuss the daily program with some options of activities on offer, from Exceptional birding and water life for boating and fishing, complimenting more safari focused camps, with the game drives in open safari vehicles.

Then back to the camp for lunch and relax time, followed by the afternoon tea/coffee and afternoon activity and dinner. Overnight at Kikuji Camp.

Day 9

Transfer Kikuji Camp to Kafue River Lode

Today, you will travel back to the Kafue River Lodge where your Safari adventure began, breakfast in the morning and then you will depart for a morning game drive arriving almost in time for lunch and then free time to relax.

Later in the afternoon, tea/coffee and you have a full range of safari activities to choose from that provide something for everyone. There is always communication on what you would like to do with your guide, then back to the lodge, freshen up and dinner is served followed by bedtime. Overnight at Kafue River Lodge.

Day 10

Departure

Today is the last day of your amazing Safari, you will have breakfast and then your driver will transfer you back to Lusaka for your onward international connection or other arrangements.

Where You'll Be Staying

Kafue River Lodge,

Kafue National Park

Kafue River Lodge is your reward at the end of your journey into the North-Eastern Kafue. The stretch of the Kafue River where the lodge is located is varied, gentle and favoured by wildlife. The 4 Ensuite chalets overlook the river and the sounds of hippo carry clearly across the grounds with the miombo woodland behind camp also playing home to a steady stream of game and birds. The Kafue River Lodge cottages have been designed in a way that…
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Kasonso Busanga,

Busanga Plains

Offering the best wildlife viewing in Kafue National Park, The Busanga Plains is undoubtedly the best place for wildlife viewing in Kafue National Park and Kasonso – our 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. Kason offers superb wildlife encounters at excellent value for…
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Kikuji Camp,

Lunga River Wilderness

Kikuji Camp is our most secluded and exciting new camp in the portfolio! 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 compliments the more intense Kasonso and more accessible Kafue River Lodge very well.
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What's not included

Visa fees - Adequate Insurance (to Cover Travel & Medical) - Flights & Gratuities (at clients discrete) - Anything of personal nature

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Feedback From Our Previous Clients

Gary V
Gary V
2023-12-19
Another perfect holiday We were a party of eight, most of us on a return trip (last one in 2020 - also with Absolute Zambia Safaris) under the expert guidance of Robert. It was again a holiday without a single complaint. Pickups were reliable and punctual, the David Livingstone resort is perfectly located on the banks of the Zambezi with comfortable beds, sumptuous food, an infinity pool, and an unlimited supply of food and drinks on the silent but spacious sunset cruise. Robert (from Absolute Zambia Safaris) dealt with all our changes, additions, amendments, and cancellations with endless patience and understanding. It was a perfect holiday, we will be back. Thank you Absolute Zambia Safaris.
Lisa A
Lisa A
2023-11-24
Amazing five-day trip Absolute Safari organised an amazing five-day trip for us which included 2 nights in Mwanfushi safari lodge and 2 nights by Victoria falls. Everything worked out perfectly and Robert was quick on the email, answering and organising according to our wishes. Our driver Brian was excellent and always on time and the price very reasonable. Can highly recommend.
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Sunshine25775779985
2023-10-10
exciting trip at the Lower zambeji National Park It was a wonderful experience. I came to know about absolute Zambia safari from TripAdvisor only. I contacted them and Robert was very nice and every time he answered my email very promptly. It was my solo trip and good that I decided to be a client of the absolute Zambia safari because they arranged everything for me. I just dropped into the plan. In my game drive, I saw almost every animals available in the lower Zambezi national park. it was my three day two night trip. The place named Kianbi safari challet where I stayed during the trip was very peaceful and lovely. I again wish to visit Zambia and if I go, I will choose the same absolute Zambia Safari group.
Florencia S
Florencia S
2023-08-01
Amazing experience!! Robert is very professional and his organization and arrangements exceeded every hope we had with our trip. It was just fabulous!!! We did a 2-week trip around Zambia, what a beautiful country!! Thank you again Robert, you did a wonderful work!!
marys
marys
2022-12-07
More than I could have hoped for! I didn't know much about Zambia when we were planning our trip, but I had heard wonderful things about South Luangwa National Park. After reading some reviews, I contacted a few agencies in Zambia to plan our trip. Robert Zgozi from Absolute Zambia Safaris was truly amazing -- the entire experience was so much more than we had expected and everything worked out beautifully. Great properties, unbelievable safaris with knowledgeable guides, excellent and almost too plentiful food, I don't have enough superlatives to describe our visit, but I will certainly call on Robert again when I go back to Zambia!
Litote
Litote
2022-10-08
Véritable Afrique Difficile d'imaginer les éléphants qui passent à coté de votre chalet la nuit? Les hippopotames qui broutent l'herbe devant votre chambre? Les singes qui prennent votre dentrifice si la porte est ouverte? Après plusieurs decennies consacrées à la protection des animaux sauvages (période de braconnage de 1970-1990), la Zambie se met à l'écotourisme avec d' excellents standards de services, nourriture, eau potable et confort de chambre. Des simples comprimés contre le paludisme sont conseillés. Les lodges que nous avons visités prennent soin de supprimer le maximum d'insectes possibles pour que les soirées soient bien sans souci. Robert Zgozi nous a organisé un voyage époustouflant (15j) pendant lequel nous avons vu une bonne dizaine de léopards, une vingtaine de lions et lionnes ainsi que d'innombrables d'autres espèces. Notre voyage a traversé quatre parcs (Kafué, South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi et Mosi Oa Tunya ) avec des guides qui étaient de véritables encylopédies de faune et de flore locaux. Nous avons choisi la saison sèche (septembre) pour voir le maximum d'animaux. Ce parcours nous a permis de faire un crochet à Victoria Falls où nous étions suspendus au dessus des chutes dans le Devils Pool. Adrénaline garantie. Par ailleurs, tous les Zambiens que nous avons rencontrés étaient accueillants et souriants. Ce voyage n'était pas donné mais nous le referions bien un jour. Notre groupe familial de 4 adultes partagent plein de souvenirs ensemble grâce à ce voyage. Beaucoup de transits se font en avion car le pays est très grand. Je déconseille vivement les transits entre parc par voiture. Robert Zgozi est Zambien ; il sait communiquer l'amour et la connaissance approfondie qu'il a de son pays. Nous l'avons trouvé sur le site national "Zambian Tourism", Nous vous conseillons ses service si vous souhaitez un voyage clé en main. Merci Robert Zgozi :) Rob NB: La Zambie est un pays anglophone
Sunderland2
Sunderland2
2022-09-28
Fabulous trip to Sth Luangwa We’ve just returned from a wonderful trip to South Luangwa all organised by Robert Zgozi from Absolute Zambia Safaris. I contacted this company as I read it was Zambian owned and I was very impressed by Robert’s speedy replies to my queries. We stayed in 2 different camps which Robert recommended to suit our budget and we weren’t disappointed. Both camps were everything we’d hoped for. We did a combination of chalets and tents with all meals, game drives and transfers included. Robert actually surprised us twice by meeting us at our Lusaka hotel on arrival in Zambia and our return after the trip. We found Robert to be a very friendly, likeable and professional guy who went above and beyond to make sure our trip went smoothly. You can’t go wrong with this company, we will definitely use them again on our next trip to Zambia.
Mubita M
Mubita M
2022-09-08
Experiencing South Luangwa I didn’t know what to expect it being my first time in South Luangwa, it was lovely, all of it (the entire experience!). We stayed at Mfuwe lodge and opted for 3 game drives a day, this doesn’t give you a lot of time for sleeping in but all the fresh air and being in the bush, watching all the animals made us feel so refreshed. And don’t get me started on the food!! Absolute Zambia Safaris gave us exactly what we needed and we enjoyed everything bit of it. Their staff is patient and friendly; they take care of every last detail including a range of options to suit your budget. All in all, it was the true definition of a holiday carefree and stress-free and we most certainly will be going back.
Silent639
Silent639
2022-09-02
The real zambian agency My family and I have just returned from a trip to Zambia. Before booking, as always, I searched for all the best local travel agencies. My choice was Absolute Zambia Safaris. First of all it is one of the few, if not the only one, that is Zambian-owned. So all the staff know perfectly every single area of the country, from the most aware to the most remote. The owner, Mr. Robert Zgozi, has over ten years of experience in the Zambian tourism industry, having worked for top-tier tourism companies, as well as being a lover of unspoiled nature. Before defining the various stages of the journey, Mr. Robert, like a true friend, advised us both the best areas of the country, the best lodges and resorts, and all flight connections. Having traveled extensively in Africa for more than 10 years, I know perfectly well the difficulties of organizing transfers, of finding the best accommodations for the budget available. Robert and his staff have been able to organize any type of activity with extreme professionalism. The organization has always been perfect. All the staff interested in our trip were always present as soon as we reached an airport, a lodge. We didn't have to think about anything but enjoying the beautiful nature and the people of Zambia. Although our international flight (from Italy) was canceled and rescheduled two days later, putting the entire trip at risk, Mr. Robert was able to help us change the itinerary without missing a single scheduled activity. Incredible! While we were in Lower Zambezi, we suddenly decided to go three days to Victoria Falls. Robert, within two hours, organized all the transfers and the resort, taking care in the meantime to get us refund for the two nights lost in Lusaka. Never before have I been assisted in such a professional and friendly way in my previous travels. Among other things, he could also have organized trips in combination with neighboring countries (Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana), having direct contacts. The surprise? While we were in South Luangwa, he came in person to meet us and find out how the journey was progressing. Incredible! Briefly a note on Zambia. it is truly an incredible country. Its people are so friendly and hospitable that you immediately feel like a genuine Zambian. I never felt any sense of danger. In fact, the country is considered among the safest in the world for travel. Landscapes take your breath away. Nature is majestic. Here you can really see anything: wildogs (herd of 20 specimens with cubs), dozens of leopards and cubs, lions and lionesses, different scenes of lions and leopards hunting, huge herds of hippos, huge herds of elephants, birds of extraordinary beauty, including the crowned crane and secretary bird. One negative note: unfortunately having had to go home and leave this extraordinary country that has given me unforgettable moments that will remain forever etched in my mind and in my heart. So I would recommend both visiting Zambia and doing it with Absolute Zambia Safaris. Have a good trip!
Irena12
Irena12
2022-08-02
One of the best safari operators Absolute Safaris is one of the best operators I have ever encountered - Robert managed to do an incredible thing and organise my custom 11 days Luangwa trip in Zambia at the shortest possible notice ( literally few days before arrival)! My trip was absolutely wonderful, everything worked perfectly and I loved every moment on the safari. I have had so many wonderful wildlife sightings, and all the camps were in beautiful locations, very comfortable with great service and very professional guiding. Truly one of the best safaris of my life ( I have spent most of it in Africa). My big thanks to Absolute Safaris, for their professionalism and outstanding customer service. Will definitely be back.

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