Kafue – 10 Days
Longer and Better
Your safari starts and ends in Livingstone, Zambia.
Our Kafue 10 Day adventure is a a revelation of wildlife sightings in one of Africa’s largest National Parks.
Arrive in Victoria Falls a few days before the tour departs. There are too many things to see and do so you will want time before or after the tour to relax and enjoy your surroundings. We will gladly advise and book accommodation to suit your budget amd arrange activities that we can recommend. Sunset cruises on the Zambezi river, walking with Rhino and White Water Rafting are just a few.
Hope into a helicopter and view the Falls National Park from the sky. This perspective is truly unique, you now really got to see how amazing the Batoka Gorge is and how far it stretches, its exhilarating. The Smoke that Thunders, depending on the time of year and how much water is flowing, can be amazing to see. In full flood the force of all that water plummeting down sends the spray vertically.
Exploring Kafue National Park with experts is the best way to get the most out of such a vast park. We know where to look for which animals and we are always blessed with fantastic wildlife sightings and interactions. We support Elephant conservation so on all the tours we will visit the Kafue Release Facility of Game Rangers International. You will witness first hand the baby Elephants and how they are reintegrated into the wild.
Bush camping, bird watching, going into places in the park that less than 1% of tourists ever venture is thrilling and exciting. Lying in your rooftop tent at night while animal sounds come from all around. Spoor in the morning reveals late night visitors.
Join us for one of these tours and create a memory of a lifetime with Zambia and African Safari Experts.
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How to Get There
Fly in to Livingstone in Zambia with British Airways, South African Airways or Kenya Airways from Cape Town, Johannesburg and other origins.
If you need to overnight in Johannesburg please get in touch with us for accommodation.
On your arrival in Livingstone you will be met at the airport and driven to your accommodation. The airport is a mere 15 minutes from town and most hotels are very close to this on the banks of the Zambezi River.
For flights and on the ground arrangements, get in touch with us for expert advice.
Kafue 10 Days
Day 1 – Livingstone
You will be met at Livingstone International Airport by Charles, our driver, and driven to Maramba River Lodge. At around 15h00 we will be collected by our transport for the short ride to the Zambezi Waterfront where we will board Lady Livingstone for a 2-hour sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Bring your binoculars and a warm jacket. (D)
Day 2 – Kabula
We depart Livingstone heading West for a leisurely drive passing local villages & experiencing the Zambian culture. We will visit the Ngonya Waterfalls this afternoon, shaped like a horse shoe they were discovered by David Livingstone before he set eyes on the larger Victoria Falls. Our overnight stop is set on the banks of the Zambezi River, this is an idyllic site to rest after the day’s drive. (BLD)
Day 3 – Wild Bushcamp
With an early start to the day we head North to Mongu where the road turns East for the entrance to Kafue. It’s a long drive but there will be time to stop and stretch our legs in Mongu as we refuel the vehicles. Tonight we will Bushcamp in the Mufunta GMA. (BLD)
Day 4 & 5 – Mayukuyuku
Entering Kafue from the West we will begin some earnest game driving as we make our way slowly Eastwards over Hook Bridge & the Kafue River. Game viewing is said to be extremely good in this area & Peter Moyo will tell us where we need to be looking. He has been working in Kafue since 1992 & has an intimate knowledge of game movements.
Our fifth day will be an early departure with packed breakfast & lunch as we are going to explore Northwards as far as possible into the Busanga Today we will depart camp early with packed breakfast & lunch as we are going to explore Northwards as far as possible into the Busanga area of the Kafue. The Busanga plains are famous for big cats & excellent wildlife sightings. We will stop for a short coffee break as well as lunch in the shade of some trees with a view of the plains. We will return to Mayukuyuku for our overnight stop. (BLD)
Day 6 & 7 – Kasabushi
Today will see us return across Hook Bridge to the Western side of the Kafue River to begin our journey South along the Western shore of lake Itezhi-Tezhi. There are many loops and tracks to explore in this area with some fascinating archaeological sites from early Stone Age to explore – an old iron smelter still stands to this day. As the river is the lifeblood of the park this area is game rich with large herds of buffalo, elephant, roan and sable all migrating to drink.
Kasabushi offers stunning campsites along the banks in a pristine & serene environment – perfect for a piping hot shower in great facilities. There will also be time to sit by the riverside and enjoy the myriad animals that come to drink. (BLD)
Day 8 & 9 – Hippo Bay
Departing Kasabushi we continue South and cross the Kafue River again as we round the bottom of the lake area to arrive at Hippo Bay. This central section is wild and very undiscovered with tracks & fire-breaks that we can use to find Sable antelope and some of the other rare species that Kafue is well known for. We will visit the local town to take on fuel, shop for food and spend some time relaxing in a chair on the lake shores.
There is a chance to do some fishing, bird watching, a game walk and night drives. (BLD)
Day 10 – Nanzhila Plains
Leaving Hippo Bay and the shores of Itezhi-Tezhi heading South we will explore some of the famous Teak Forest in this area as well as make a stop at the David Shepherd Elephant Orphanage and witness the incredible work that Game Rangers International are doing in rehabilitating orphaned baby elephants. The road farther South is stunning & beautiful, a small bucket hanging from the back of your vehicle filled with dry, smouldering elephant dung is essential to ensure the tsetse flies don’t follow us! This is a perfect area to look for Black Cheeked Love Birds – a very rare species. We will camp close to one of the small “dambos’” in this area. (BLD)
Day 11 – Livingstone
We will have a relaxed start to the day as we have a short distance to cover to exit the park and from Kalomo we will be on tar roads all the way to Livingstone where our adventure ends. You will be spending your last night at Maramba River Lodge. (BL)
- Meet & transfer from Livingstone Airport to Maramba River Lodge (a 15-minute drive)
- 2 nights’ accommodation at Maramba River Lodge – one night before the tour, one night after the tour
- Guided tour of the Victoria Falls by your guide
- Vehicle use for the duration of the expedition
- All National Park entrance fees’
- Private Chef preparing all meals (Our chef has 25 years’ experience & will provide delicious meals with silver service dinner table dining)
- Accommodation (roof top tent)
- Bedding & linen
- Safe, clean drinking water for the duration of the tour
- All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner while on tour)
- All camping site costs
- All guiding by professional guides & 4X4 experts
- Satellite phone – medical emergencies only.
- Charging facility for camera batteries
- Mosquito repellent
- A head torch – to be returned at the end of the tour
- Should you wish to do personal laundry whilst in the bush we will provide water & detergents as well as a washing line.
- Biodegradable soap & shampoo
Optional Activities on tour:
- Sunset cruise on the Zambezi river on “Lady Livingstone” (includes return transfer from the Maramba River Lodge, National Park Fees’, snacks, selected drinks and 2-hour boat cruise)
- Organised game drives – provided by one of the lodges where we will camp using their guide & vehicle
- Night drives – a night drive provided by one of the lodges where we will camp using their guide & vehicle
- Bush walks (Guide & ZAWA Scout) – a walk with a guide from one of the lodges where we will camp as well as an armed Zambia Wildlife Authority game scout
- Personal travel insurance
- Local and international flights
- Any additional or optional activities not listed above
- Any items of a personal nature
- Gratuities of any kind
- Malaria medication – please consult your Doctor.
No children under 16 years of age are allowed on the tour.
A maximum of 20kg soft bag is appropriate. No hard-shell cases can be carried. Excess luggage can be stored safely in Livingstone.
Only bio-degradable products are allowed on tour – we will provide this.
It is preferable to plan your itinerary for an early morning arrival in Johannesburg with a connecting flight to Livingstone the same day.
No white, blue or black clothing is advised for your own comfort.
Vehicle fridges are for catering purposes & a very limited amount of personal alcohol or drinks can be stored.
Only medical dietary requirements will be catered to due to availability.