Kafue National Park & Mana Pools
14 or 21 Day Safari
April 26 – 17 May and 1 – 21 September 2020
Kafue & Mana Pools expedition is adventure in Africa personified. All guests will meet in Livingstone, Zambia and African Safari Experts can assist with accommodation bookings. We recommend the Avani Resort as this is central as well as offering excellent guest amenities.
This is a unique destination and a few days of exploring prior to the tour is well worth it. There are many activities as well as unique places to visit. Please enquire with us for your bookings.
Day 1 – Depart Livingstone: Bush Camp
After breakfast we depart Livingstone at 09H00.Our first destination is Kalomo (+-180km’s from Livingstone). We drive through the town and make our way to the road that leads to the Ndumdumwezi Gate of Kafue National Park. You will experience the true culture of this beautiful country as we wind our way through the foothills passing rural villages and schools along the way. After entering the park gate, we will begin a leisurely game drive, here there will be plenty of time for game viewing and birding. We will stop at around 15h00 once the team has found a suitable bush camp. (BLD)
Day 2 and 3 – Bush Camping
We begin breaking camp and making our way slowly Northwards, there are many “loops” to be discovered here & game viewing in this this section of Kafue is good. Lichtenstein’s Hartebeest, Oribi, Elephant, Wild Dog, Sable and Roan antelope and Lion are all possible sightings. Birds are plentiful and include Palm Nut Vulture, Black Cheeked Lovebirds, Herons, Kingfisher, Hornbills, Pygmy Geese, Wattled Crane and many more. There are over 500 bird species in this park including the endemic Black Cheeked Love birds, a “lifer” for ornithologists.
Day 4 – Hippo Bay, Lake Itezhi-Tezhi
After breakfast and breaking camp we will drive through the ancient Ngoma Teak Forests and visit the Game Rangers International Elephant Orphanage. This is a unique opportunity to see the incredible work this organization does in rehabilitating orphaned baby Elephants.Arriving at our campsite on the shores of Lake Itezhi-Tezhi there will be time to relax and visit the local small town and market. The camp offers afternoon game drives and night drives. There is also a small bar overlooking the shores of the lake. A perfect location for sundowner drinks.
Day 5 and 6 – Bush Camping
Departing the following morning we will skirt the shores of the lake to the South West before heading North. This track has excellent game viewing as the wildlife are drawn to the water. the concept of bush camping is unique and nowhere else in Africa are you going to experience this. Your expedition leaders will ensure you are as comfortable as possible.
Day 7 and 8 – Mayukuyuku
After two days of bush camping we arrive in the Central section of the park and spend two restful days on the banks of the river. Chalet accommodation is available (own cost) as well as morning and afternoon game drives, night drives and walking safaris.
Day 9, 10, 11 and 12 – Busanga Plains
Heading North we will be following the course of the Kafue River towards the Busanga floodplains and the game rich area of the far North of Kafue. This area is well known for Lion, Leopard & Cheetah not to mention the possibility of Wild Dog packs. The idea is to spend as much time game viewing, exploring & discovering as much as we can about this stunning wetland area. We will explore this incredible area as much as possible. The water and swamp areas will dictate how much we can explore.
Day 13 – Mayukuyuku
We will take a slow drive back in the direction of Mayukuyuku where we will once again be spending the night to break our journey. It is not possible to traverse certain distances due to road conditions as well as the fact that we are “game viewing” all the time so slow speeds mean less ground covered but better opportunities to spot wildlife. Night drives and game walks area available at own cost as well as chance to do some laundry and use the wifi.
Day 14 – Kafue to Lusaka : Eureka Campsite
This morning we will depart Kafue National Park and passing through Mwamba we will make our way to Eureka Campsite on the outskirts of Lusaka. The team will re-stock with food and fuel for our journey and stay in Mana Pools.Accommodation is in chalets for all guests.
Day 15 to 20 – Mana Pools National Park
Departing Lusaka early in the morning we will head for the border town of Chirundu and cross over into Zimbabwe. Once the border has been crossed and park formalities completed we will make camp on the banks of the Zambezi River. A Zimbabwe Pro Guide will be accompanying us for the next 6 days and the focus will be on walking safaris in this World Heritage Site. Birding is excellent and with the camps unfenced the wildlife literally walk through the camp.
Mana Pools is one of the top 3 safari destinations in Africa. A bucket list destination and sure to make all your safarti dreams come true.
Day 21 – Mana Pools to Lusaka : Eureka Campsite
After breakfast and a morning walk we will depart Mana Pools. Re-entering Zambia we will once again make for Eureka Campsite and overnight here. All guests will be accommodated in chalets for the last night of the tour.
The following morning we will transfer guests to Lusaka International Airport for their onward flight arrangements.