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In the core of western Zambia, 22,400 km2 of Kafue National Park is the oldest and most prominent of Zambia’s national parks.

First gazetted as a National Park in the 1950’s by the legendary Norman Car, Kafue is one of the grandest national parks in Africa. Two hours’ drive from Livingstone, it remains mostly unexplored with endless tracts of its first bush still unscathed.  Thanks to its size and diversity of habitat types the Kafue holds a remarkable variety of wildlife.

Recently years the Park has seen a well-managed growth in the number of Safaris Camps and Lodges operates around the Park. This new interest has produced more visitors and investment to the area, notably in infrastructure with some roads and airstrips.

As a result of the increasing interest and benefits regarding investment. The wildlife is to enjoy a heightened level of protection by the Zambian Wildlife Authority (ZAWA), always assisted and supported by the operators in and uniting the park.

Where to stay

Mukambi Safari Lodge

Generally known as “The Gateway to The Kafue National Park,” Mukambi Safari Lodge is midway placed in the park, right on the edges of the beautiful Kafue River. The Park is one of the biggest national parks in Africa. Hence we would suggest you book with us a week in advance, so you have enough time to explore this vast park and joining with the time at  Fig Tree, Busanga, and Mukambi. However, shorter bookings of three to four nights at Mukambi will also guarantee a truly unique safari!

The lodge itself made of a thatched building with several decks facing the Kafue River and has an infinity pool, to relax in during hot days, meeting over the broad Kafue River, tranquility reading one of the books from our small library collection. Upon return from your activities, relax with a drink in hand in any of our lounge areas, all of which offer remarkable views of the river. Or, chat with one of our expert guides while looking up at the stars in the night sky beside a warm campfire. Don’t delay to visit our curio shop, which gives a selection of goods made by the local community, or to ask for one of our messages, which take place in the luxury of your room. Finally, look out for the various animals, which find shelter around the lodge area; hippos, impalas, baboons, monkeys, elephants even a small pride of lions.

Mukambi Safari Lodge has three different room types for which you can find more in detail information below.

Mukambi Safari Lodge – Chalet

Eight comfortable en-suite chalets for two persons of which one a family unit four people with en-suite bathroom (rondavel type), 24hrs electricity and hot water. Cottages come with either one queen size double bed or two single beds with bed sheets, duvet with extra blankets available and also mosquito nets.

The family suite has two bedrooms, one with a double bed and one with two single beds and a lounge for relaxation. The bathroom comes with a shower, toilet, basin, and mirror. With an Outside terrace with chairs and a side table.

Open all year round, our peak-season is usually May to December, but during the Emerald Season December to May, the Kafue National Park also has beautiful safaris to offer. The game might be a little harder to spot, but ‘the fifty shades of green,’ stunning shining light photographer’s best and beauty of the bush still secure a unique and highly satisfying adventure.

Mukambi Safari Lodge was one of the original and most organized safari lodges in Kafue National Park, and one of the few hostels operating in the Central and Northern part of Kafue National Park that remains open all year around.

Facilities:

Restaurant, Bar, Swimming pool area and Laundry

Activities:

Game drives, Walking Safaris, Fishing trips, Boat cruises/sunset cruise, Tour to Mukambi Community School

Where to stay

Fig Tree Bush Camp

It is named after the enormous fig tree next to the boma (central area) facing a sandy lagoon. This lagoon keeps its alluring water during all the season drawing a collection of wildlife, including elephant, puku, impala,  zebra, and hartebeest. Predators like lion, cheetah, leopard, warthog, and hyena are regular visitors, and the wild dog has been identified to prey on the concentration of game.

The camp has tented accommodation on 3-meter-high platforms raised the ground, giving a magnificent view of the plains and the lagoon where many animals appear to drink. The excellent location in joining with spectacular accommodation and the diversity of wildlife are the major attractions plus mention the Isolation of the Camp with, the delicious food.

Fig Tree Safari Tents

Fig Tree Bush Camp contains tented accommodation on three-meter platforms elevated above the ground, giving a panoramic view above the lagoon and the fields towards the gate of the camp. We have four en-suite luxury safari tents on stilts two twins and two double beds.

Guests will stay in one of our four furnished tents. Every tent faces the lagoon but also has an extraordinary view of the plains behind the camp offering different opportunities to see the game. Every safari tent has an en-suite bathroom and deck presenting a unique perspective from the tree cover. Visitors will then come together under the Fig Tree, from which the camp is named, to savor the tranquility of the lagoon as well as gratifying food and wine.

Activities:

  • Game drives
  • Walking safaris
Where to stay

Busanga Plains Bushcamp

The Plains Camp is a seasonal luxury bush camp of Mukambi Safaris found deep in the middle of the famous Busanga Plains, a remarkable wetland area. The field at Busanga gives an intimate experience with our tented accommodation in the middle of the floodplain.

The Plains Camp has four luxury safari tents that have open-air showers with flushing toilets. The boma overlooks the plains were cheetah and lion prey on big herds of puku, lechwe, and buffalo. wattled cranes, secretary birds. Tree-covered islands only obstruct the openness. Where fig trees and wild date palms extract their nutrients from the remains of enormous anthills. The landscape so unique, it is like no other you will see anywhere else in Africa.

The Busanga Plains Camp made of four sizeable well-furnished safari tents two twins and two double with en-suite spacious bathrooms overlooking the Busanga Plains.

ACTIVITIES:

  • Walking safaris
  • Game drives
Where to stay

Ila Safari Lodge

Ila Safari Lodge is found on the very entrance of Kafue National Park in Zambia. The lodge lies right on the edges of the Kafue River in an area of teeming wildlife and has  180-degree scenes out over the water. Ila Safari Lodge is a true eco-lodge giving facilities of the extraordinary quality to a culmination of 24 guests. After being ushered in by our expert team, you will be reveling in the peace and luxury of our lodge encompassed by the vast Kafue wilderness.

The Lodge:

Soon after being ushered in by our team you be basking in tranquility and luxury of our lodge surrounded by the vast wilderness of Kafue National Park. Ila Safari Lodge is a right eco-lodge giving facilities of the best quality to a peak of 24 guests. Located on the banks of the great Kafue River in a region of abundant wildlife and boasts 180-degree views.

The Boma:

Our prime boma is best described by the phrase ‘eco-friendly meets dynamic design’ and is the showpiece of our property. Created from beginning to provide top-notch amenities for 24 guests it boasts a beautiful modern pool, an open-air restaurant, bar and lounge with 180-degree scenes of the river, a fireplace, boat jetty, and a firepit area for late night gatherings. All large initial trees have been included in the building including our amazing ‘twin palms’ which meet next to the swimming pool and which the whole building was established around to protect. Take a dip in our cutting-edge designer pool, dine on mouth-watering cuisine, kick back enjoy the world go by with an ice-cold drink in hand in the lounge.

The Ila People:

Our name was incited by the Ila people, cattle herding tribe dwelling in the valley of the Kafue River.  With their unique hairstyle called ‘isusu’ was created to allow fellow members of hunting or war individuals to view each other above the tall grass of the floodplains. We are proud to recognize these exciting people wherever practicable at the lodge. To read more on the Ila people click here.

The Ila People:

Our name was incited by the Ila people, cattle herding tribe dwelling in the valley of the Kafue River.  With their unique hairstyle called ‘isusu’ was created to allow fellow members of hunting or war individuals to view each other above the tall grass of the floodplains. We are proud to recognize these exciting people wherever practicable at the lodge. To read more on the Ila people click here.

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