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Experience a Zambia safari with a stay in two separate safari camps in Kafue National Park on this week-long Zambia tour. Spend time along the eastern edge of the park at Mukambi Safari Lodge, and at the inland Fig Tree Bush Camp before traveling north to the Busanga Plains, a seasonal floodplain and well-known watering site for wildlife. Kafue National Park is Africa's second largest national park and home to a variety of wildlife, particularly antelope, red lechwe, and puku. Spend your days going on game drives in Kafue, walking safaris on the Busanga Plains, or spend some time exploring the Kafue River. This is a great Zambia safari experience for someone looking for a more in-depth experience in a lesser-traveled safari park.
Fire pit near the riverA view to the plainsBreathtaking views of the plains at nightRed Lechwe antelope graze on the Busanga plainsWalking safaris with a guideKafue RiverViews to the Kafue RiverSitting area on deckEnjoy sundowners under a tree after a game drive
  • Spot antelope on the Busanga Plains from your safari camp at sunrise
  • Cruise the Kafue River looking for wildlife along the borders of the park
  • Go on game drives in Kafue National Park with your professional guide
  • Take part in optional activities such as fishing or walking safaris
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Activity Level: Easy Active
Moderately active but not overly strenuous. This level includes activities like casual cycling, yoga, or excursions/activities that typically last 3-5 hours total each day.

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Day 1: Arrive Mukambi Safari Lodge

Arrive to Livingstone airport today and transfer to your small charter flight that takes you to a location just 40 minutes from your first safari camp in Zambia, Mukambi Safari Lodge. This welcoming lodge is located along the banks of the Kafue River just outside the park boundaries and is a great introduction to the safari camp experience with electricty and hot running water. Spend the evening getting settled in, or set out on a game drive for your first experience of Kafue National Park.

Day 2: Kafue National Park Introduction

Spend today as you like. Excursions are available from the lodge, or you can opt to cross the river and head in to the park for a game drive today. Try a boat cruise on the river to spot crocodile, hippo, and a variety of birdlife that rely on the waterway. Fishing may also be optional, with most catching bream, silver barbel, or pike. The day is yours to choose to take part in safari activities as you like.

Day 3: On to Fig Tree Bush Camp

Set out today for your hour and a half drive in to the park to your new safari camp, Fig Tree Bush Camp, situated along the sandy beach banks of the Shishamba River. The safari camp overlooks a lagoon which attracts a variety of species throughout the season including elephant, puku, impala, warthog, hartebeest, and zebra. Leopard, cheetah, lion and wild dog have been known to frequent the area as well.

Day 4: Fig Tree Bush Camp

​Enjoy your stay here at the Fig Tree Bush Camp. Set out for a game drive or walking safari today with your guide to explore this area. Spend the evening spotting hippo and crocodile on the shores of the river. After dinner, enjoy star gazing while you sit around the campfire sharing stories from the day's adventures.

Day 5: On to Busanga Plains

Rise this morning for your last morning in central Kafue before setting out on your 6-hour drive through the park to the Busanga Plains in the more remote northern section of the park. Settle in to your new accommodation, the Mukambi Plains Camp located overlooking the famed Busanga Plains. Here you can spot a variety of wildlife from right off the deck including red lechwe, puku, antelope, and buffalo. Large prides of lion also inhabit the Busanga Plains region.

Day 6-7: Busanga Plains Walking Safaris

Spend your days here exploring the plains with a professional guide. Game drives and walking safaris are the plan here. The Busanga Plains are teeming with wildlife, and many species can be spotted from the camp's deck. Red lechwe antelope are seen throughout the plains at almost any time of day. Set out on adventures as you choose. 

Day 8: Return Lusaka

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Transfer to the nearby airstrip for your return flight to Lusaka airport today. Connect with your international flight home.


Fig Tree Bush Camp

King bed in raised tents
Sitting area on deck
Raised tents

Mukambi Safari Lodge

Open air dining
Open air dining room
King bed with views to the outside

Busanga Plains Camp

The Busanga plains flood annually
Breathtaking views of the plains at night
Mukambi Plains Camp deck opens to the plains

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$4,300 2-3 travelers


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Rates based on group of 2 in double occupancy.
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Kafue National Park Entrance Fees 
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Hotel Layover in TBD City
  • Internal Flights: Lusaka - Mukambi, Busanga - Lusaka
  • Park Entrance Fee: ZAWA fees are $30 per person, per day


When to Go

Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.
Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.


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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
Meyer Smolen
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