A Safari with a purpose! The Kafue National Park is the largest National Park in Zambia known for its incredible variety of habitats and diverse mammal populations. Like any park of this magnitude, the Kafue is vulnerable to conservation threats like poaching, illegal fishing and habitat destruction.
This safari is designed with conservation at its heart, allowing for the traveller to make a direct impact while experiencing 3 of the most complimentary camps and regions of Kafue National Park.
Beginning in Livingstone and ending in Lusaka (or vice versa), the Kafue Conservation Package offers the remote game drive/safari walk focus of Nanzhila Plains, the Itezhi-Tezhi Lake Shore of Nanzhila Lake Camp with the stunning riverside location and river activities of Kaingu Safari Lodge.
This gives you both land and water based activities and a myriad of different wildlife and birding species to discover – it really is the best of both worlds!
Day 1 – 4: Nanzhila Plains Camp
The Kafue Conservation package begins in Livingstone with a three hour road transfer to Dundumwezi Gate where you will be met by the Nanzhila Plains safari team. Enjoy a game drive into camp, and settle into the beautiful rooms with views over the dambo to enjoy a three night stay. Nanzhila is the closest true safari destination in Zambia to the Victoria Falls and enjoys nearly 3000sqkm to itself. An incredible variety of wildlife and birding species as well as a magnificent location, overlooking the dambo make Nanzhila one of the most memorable safari camps in Zambia.
Day 4 – 7: Nanzhila Lake Camp, Central Kafue
After a hearty breakfast, we will head out over the plains and through the Ngoma Forest towards Lake Itezhi-tezhi. Today you will visit the Game Rangers International Elephant Orphanage. The project rescues elephants orphaned as a result of human-wildlife conflict and poaching. The team rehabilitates them with the very important aim of releasing them back into the wild.
Nanzhila Lake Camp is a short game drive from the orphanage where you will arrive in time for an afternoon snack and an activity. Lake Camp is Nanzhila Safari’s latest addition; The Camp is tucked under the Miombo tree line on the shores of Lake Itezhi-Tezhi and the experience is one that is complementary to the Plains Camp offering. The Shoreline of the lake is bustling with life, as mammals and birdlife flock to feast on the islands of biodiversity created by fluctuating water levels. Mega herbivores and hundreds of puku and impala spend their days grazing the shores, a truly idyllic site as the lake stretches for miles as a backdrop.
Day 7 – 10: Kaingu Safari Lodge, Central Kafue
After an early morning activity and hearty breakfast, you will bid farewell to the Smith family and Nanzhila Safari’s. Today you will you be heading to your oasis on the Kafue River, Kaingu Safari Lodge. Kaingu is magnificently situated in the riparian woodland on the banks of the Kafue River with stunning views. African finfoot, hippo and a wide variety of birdlife are on constant display. River based boat cruises and canoeing is a must on this portion of the Kafue River. Kaingu also conducts game drives in a stunning section of the of the Kafue National Park.
Where is your conservation levy going?
A portion of your levy will go towards the Game Rangers International (GRI) Elephant orphanage. For more information about the orphanage and the work GRI is doing in the Kafue please see the below websites:
The remainder of your levy will be used to assist the Nanzhila Safaris conservation team in cleaning up the lake shore of illegal fishing nets. Lake Itezhi-Tezhi operators are faced with a constant challenge that is illegal fisherman, the fishing nets left in and around the lake are a great threat to mammals and birdlife. It is up to the independent operators to proactively tackle this problem.