Includes all park fees, game drives, walking safari, camping accommodation, all meals/drinks/snacks, transportation, experienced and qualified guides.
The Kafue National park is Africa’s hidden safari gem. Whilst it seems strange to use the word “hidden” considering its vast size (22,400 square km), it remains off the radar for many safari enthusiasts who end up being drawn into the likes of Kruger, Luangwa and the Serengeti.
First established as a National Park in the 1950’s, it remains little-known and largely unexplored with huge areas of virgin bush relatively untouched.
For many years the Kafue has taken a back seat to the likes of the Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park and the Lower Zambezi. And whilst those two locations have grown in popularity, the Kafue has quietly remained untouched by tourism. This posed a problem for several years as poaching was rife, deforestation ran amok and the local wildlife suffered from the pressures imposed by human encroachment.
Over the past few years things have vastly improved. With tourism on the increase and safari camps and lodges springing up around the park, the income generated has ensured that protection has increased and the wildlife has begun to flourish.
Having said that, the Kafue is still one the last remaining safari destinations in Africa where you can go the whole day without seeing another vehicle. It is because of this that this hidden gem is proving to be the last truly wild adventure available in Africa.
Look out for lion and leopard and, if you are lucky you may spot the elusive cheetah – the only place in Zambia where you will see cheetah. The usual suspects such as elephant, bufallo and hippo are often seen throughout the trip. For birders there are over 400 species to look out for including the majestic fish eagle. Unfortunately, the only big-five animal you won’t see is the rhino which no longer roams the Kafue national park. But you can always see the rhino with a Bongwe Safaris game drive/walking safari in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Livingstone either before or after your Kafue adventure.
The Kafue National park is practically on Livingstone’s doorstep being only a 2 hour drive away. As the only operator running trips into Kafue from Livingstone, you are guaranteed to enjoy absolute solitude from any other tourists other than your fellow adventurers.
Your accommodation will be rustic and you will be camping in the middle of the bush. Your meals will be cooked on a fire and your cell phones, tablets and laptops will remain unconnected to the world at large. If you are looking for some peace and quiet then you cannot go wrong with a few days of Kafue solitude.
You may be thinking that all sounds a little bit too dangerous. In fact you are 100% safe with qualified guides and an armed wildlife scout as part of your trip. There is also a satellite phone which can be used in the unlikely event that something goes wrong. A fully kitted out first aid box is carried on every trip and your guides are trained in first aid and first response.
Whilst you will be camping there are ablutions and functioning toilets at the camp site.
This suggested itinerary is a guide only – The trip can always be tailored to suit your needs and our day-to-day plans will vary in order to maximise wildlife sightings. For example, we may decide we want to follow a pride of lion that we saw the day before that may require an earlier start than advertised. Or, maybe you would prefer to stay in bed a little longer on the final day. Perhaps you would prefer more walking than game drives? No problem. The aim is to ensure that you have the best safari experience possible.
The safari operates out of Livingstone, and offers transport to and from Livingstone as part of the trip, although alternative arrangements can be made by special agreement. One of the more common alternatives is to utilise this safari as a way of a transfer between Livingstone and Lusaka. Rather than taking a bus or a flight, why not spend a few days getting from A to B and immersing yourself in a truly wild Kafue experience along the way? Please contact us for more information.
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A Bongwe Safari is not just a safari, it is an experience to remember.