Before you start exploring the splendid wildlife in Kafue National Park, it’s important to do your research and find the perfect place to stay during your safari vacation. Hailed as the second biggest national park in all of Africa, Kafue is so large that it shares almost the same square footage of the state of Massachusetts. Not only will visitors get a glimpse of the Big Five game animals living in the area, but also dozens of other species that call the park its permanent home. Whether it’s a luxury lodge or rustic camping, it’s important to take advantage of ideal locations and safari game drives the lodges offer. Here are the top lodges to stay at in Kafue National Park in Zambia.
Kaingu Safari Lodge
There’s no need to “rough it” when it comes to camping in the wilderness. At Kaingu Safari Lodge, you’ll get a taste of glamping where guests stay in luxury chalets, a family house (for multiple guests) or in its designated campsite in the heart of the park. Visitors will have the chance to go on a guided safari game drive where a skilled driver will take them to hot spots to view wildlife. Another exciting activity offered at the lodge is a boat ride down Kafue River. Those who prefer to get active can opt for a canoe ride down the river instead. You can also hike the park on foot with the help of the lodge’s own guide who will lead you through a safe route.
Mukambi Safari Lodge
Enjoy the full splendor of Mukambi Safari Lodge that’s located directly on the banks of the Kafue River (meaning guests will have quick access to go fishing and boating). At Mukambi, guests can either stay at the main lodge with several elevated decks to enjoy the stunning view, private chalets (great for a romantic getaway), family villa, or luxury safari tent with its own private deck. Activities at the lodge include a complimentary game drive, walking safaris, boat cruise, and fishing safaris to drop a line in the water next to the hippos and crocodiles.
Kubu Kweena Lodge
Some of you may prefer a more dressed down camping experience and that’s where Kubu Kweena Lodge comes in handy. Guests can still enjoy the modern amenities of electricity and working showers in its fully-furnished tents without the frills. The lodge is nestled along the Kafue River, so guests take advantage of its fishing packages to reel in their dinner. And of course, a game drive is included for guests to see the nearby pride of lions, zebras, waterbucks and more. For a more interesting game drive, reserve a spot to join its night drives to see all the things that go bump in the night.
Fig Tree Bush Camp
Owned by Mukambi Lodge, Fig Tree Bush Camp is an additional location in the park where guests can stay in tents on stilts. The place earned its name since the campsite is nestled directly under a magnificent fig tree. Unlike some of the other lodges, Fig Tree Bush Camp is communal, meaning campers will gather together under the fig tree to wine and dine together while enjoying the breathtaking view of the adjacent lagoon. Because of the remoteness of this location, big cats like lions and cheetahs are frequent visitors to the campsite (but don’t worry, the staff know exactly what they’re doing).
Busanga Plains Camp
Another fantastic remote location is Busanga Plains Camp (also run by Mukambi Lodge). Instead of the lagoon, Busanga Plains Camp is situated in the wetlands, meaning guests will relax and take in the vast landscape that seems like the end of the Earth. The camp offers fully-furnished safari tents with its own en suite open air bathrooms and a front door view of the open plains. During dinner, try to dine during sunset hours in the restaurant’s outdoor patio, that way you can catch the sky turn into brilliant shades of orange, pink and purple as you eat.
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