Kafue River Lodge

$380

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.

Description

Kafue River Lodge is located inside the Lunga Luswishi Game Management Area bordering Kafue National Park. The easiest way of getting to this camp is to fly to Lusaka, we will then meet you and drive you into camp.  Your 2nd option will be more expensive but shorter on travel time – you will fly via charter plane to Hippo Airstrip where we will meet you and transfer you into camp.

Kafue River Lodge has 4 ensuite chalets and 2 central areas – an open, riverside “fire pit” for starlit dining and early morning coffee and the beautiful main lapa area which is built on a deck over the river offering cool shade and 180 degree river views.

The Kafue River Lodge cottages have been designed in a way that allows you to settle into this little piece of paradise for an extended stay. Each of the four ensuite chalets consists of two queen beds, a fireplace, freestanding bath, outdoor shower and teak decking.  The entire lodge is run on solar power and so there are plugs in the chalets for charging equipment.

The game drives take place in the Lunga Luswishi, Kafue National Park and Mushingashi Conservancy. The advantage to the game drives is that one can cover a lot of ground whilst searching for those special sightings. We have good road networks around us which allow a far reach for the drives and covers the diversity of vegetation in our area.

We couldn’t think of a better way to kick off or end your stay at Kafue River Lodge than a gentle boat cruise. At the beginning of the season, this tends to be more focused on birding and botany but as we move further into winter and the river becomes the primary water source, we do start to have better mammal sightings along the banks of the Kafue. Come September / October, we have experienced some great cat sightings and occasional elephant crossings as many animals go there to escape the heat of the day by the cool water under the foliage of the waterberry trees.

The Kafue offers outstanding fishing for a wide variety of bream species, pike and yellowfish. The stretch of river that they offer is considered by many to be one of the finest along the entire Kafue and anglers of all skill levels can have incredible fun targeting the rapids, rocks and flooded timber with lures, spinners and bait for the numerous fish species on offer.

The walking safaris typically take place in the Lunga Luswishi. After an early breakfast, we depart from the fire pit on a walking safari. Often having heard the calls of animals during the night, the guides follow up on those calls whilst engaging the guests on the smaller wonders of the bush. Walking safaris are very educational, a great opportunity for the guests to really immerse themselves in the bush.

Bush Bikes: Sometimes beginning the cycling trips from the lodge. They also do drop off the guests in the park or to locations around the game management area to embark on their trips. There is a beautiful hot water spring that is often visited where the bush is open – a large dambo surrounded by miombo woodland which creates excellent cycle “territory.” They use fat tyre bicycles and they are very comfortable, especially in the more sandy areas. The cycling is a great opportunity for the guests to indulge in a little physical activity and get the blood going – a welcome change from the sometimes sedentary traditional safari approach!

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