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Kafue Rivers and PLAINS
Kafue Rivers and Plains - 8 days / 7 days
The Kafue and Lufupa Rivers. Traversing the course of the Lufupa River from its confluence with the Kafue, its mix of water from two different catchments clearly apparent, right up to the Busanga Plains takes one through the diverse habitats of Riverine forest, Miombo woodland, acacia- and palm-strewn floodplain, Dambos and ultimately the plains themselves.
The Lufupa and Lunga Rivers are the two major tributaries of the Kafue River and between them are the arteries of the Kafue National Park. This Exploration discovers all three of these rivers as well the unique Busanga Plains. The diversity of the habitats explored ensures excellent all round game and bird viewing with some unique specials.
This mix of habitats harbors a huge diversity of species from leopard and wild dog of the Lufupa woodlands to lion and cheetah of the Busanga Plains, Defassa waterbuck and yellow baboons of the Riverine to Lechwe and Oribi of the grasslands. Game drives, nature walks and boating ensure an interesting and varied exposure to the environment and associated bird and mammal life in this trip that offers the best of Kafue.
DAY 1 - 2: LUFUPA TENTED CAMP, NORTHERN KAFUE
Upon arrival at Lusaka airport you are met by a representative of Sefofane Air Charters who will transfer you by light aircraft to Kafue National Park. Your private guide will meet you at the airstrip in Kafue and transfer the group to Lufupa Tented Camp. This transfer is approximately 1 hour in duration, and en route we may encounter eland, roan and sable to name a few.
Accommodation is in 6 large meru tents with en-suite facilities. Dining and bar area are under huge Jackal berry trees, overlooking the Kafue River. Dinners served in a traditional-style boma under the stars, next to a lively campfire or in the tented dining room overlooking this impressive river.
Lufupa Tented Camp is situated in the centre of the northern sector of the 22 500 square km Kafue National Park, at the confluence of the Lufupa and Kafue rivers; these and the Lunga River are all perennial tributaries of the Kafue River. The beauty of the park is evident in its diverse habitats with floodplains, miombo woodland, thick riverine vegetation and open grassy areas called dambos. There are resident prides of lion and leopard is frequently seen. Wild dogs are occasionally sighted. Hippos are always out in front of the camp frolicking in the cool waters of the Kafue River. There is also a wide variety of plains game ranging from zebra, buffalo, roan, Lichtenstein's hartebeest, sable, kudu and impala to the diminutive oribi. Elephants are also often seen roaming through the concession.
DAY 3 - 4: MUSANZA TENTED CAMP, BUSANGA FLOODPLAIN, NORTH-WESTERN KAFUE
Depart Lufupa for an early morning game / transfer drive to Musanza Tented Camp.
Musanza Tented Camp is located deep inside the wildlife haven of the Busanga Plains of Kafue National Park. Accommodation consists of four well-appointed tents with wall-to-wall views of the spectacular wildlife that frequents the grassy plains. The main dining and bar area are tented and situated under a majestic canopy of trees. The simple bush style of this camp creates the perfect atmosphere to enjoy dinner under a canopy of stars around a campfire.
The Busanga Plains' most dominant antelope species include red lechwe and puku, while buffalo, bushbuck, kudu, oribi, reedbuck, Lichtenstein's hartebeest, sable and roan are also often viewed in this enormous open plains system. There are also hippo and crocodile; however the main plains predators are lion and cheetah and spotted hyena with wild dogs less often seen. Leopard can also be spotted along the wooded tree lines fringing the plains, as well as elephant. Bird life is fantastic, with large flocks of pelicans, crowned cranes and wattled crane in the plains at certain times of the year.
DAY 5 - 6: BUSANGA BUSH CAMP, BUSANGA PLAINS, NORTHERN KAFUE
After an early breakfast, we depart for an early morning game drive / transfer to Busanga Bush Camp which is located in the heart of the Busanga Plains.
The Busanga Plains cover an area of approximately 750 sq km and Busanga Bush Camp is located in the centre of this wildlife paradise. The Plains are home to hundreds of red lechwe, ubiquitous puku, stately roan and the diminutive oribi. Lichtenstein's hartebeest, herds of wildebeest, zebra and buffalo make for a full set of antelope. This wealth of game on the plains is also a big attraction for predators, including wild dog, cheetah and prides of lion.
Busanga Bush Camp in the north-western section of the Busanga is about as 'wild' as you can get in today's world: an unfenced mosaic of expansive grassy seasonal floodplains and "dambos" (open grassy areas that sometimes will fill up with rainwater). This camp is perfectly situated for some of the best lion viewing in Africa. It caters for 8 guests in 4 well-appointed rooms built of reed and canvas with wall-to-wall views of the spectacular wildlife that frequents the plain in front of the camp. Activities include game drives and night drives, led by qualified guides who are extremely knowledgeable about the area and its wildlife. For those interested in birding, the park boasts 491 species, including endemics such as Chaplin's Barbet.
DAY 7: LUFUPA TENTED CAMP, NORTHERN KAFUE
After an early breakfast, depart by road heading back down to Lufupa Tented Camp where you will enjoy your last evening of the trip on the banks of the Lufupa River.
DAY 8: DEPART KAFUE NATIONAL PARK
Early morning light aircraft transfer from Lufupa Tented Camp to Lusaka Airport, where the safari ends.
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