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Predators of Busanga Plain, Kafue

Predators of Busanga Plain, Kafue

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What is this safari about?

Located in the remote northern part of Kafue, Busanga Plains is famous for its predators - especially the resident lion population! Here you will find lions and cheetahs preying on animals such as wildebeest, roan and lechwe.

The Busanga Plains area is also perfectly situated to see large numbers of less common animals such as puku, red lechwe, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, oribi, sitatunga and servals - a special treat being the resident herd of rare roan antelope. For birding enthusiasts, the park boasts 491 species, including endemics such as Chaplin’s barbet. Crowned and wattled cranes, secretary birds and ground hornbills stalk the open grasslands, a view only interrupted by tree studded islands. Ancient fig trees (the famous One Fig) and palms draw their nutrients from giant termite hills. Each of these factors combine to create a distinctive landscape, like no other you will see in Africa!

Only accessible four months of the year, Mukambi Bush Camp lies in an area so remote that whilst renowned amongst locals, only a few visitors have discovered it. The Busanga Plains Camp consists of four big well-furnished safari tents (two twin and two double) with en suite open-air bathrooms overlooking the Busanga Plains. Red Lechwe antelope can be seen any time of the day from your tent.

Mukambi Busanga Plains Camp is open from 1st July until the first week in November. Private charter flights are available into Kafue.

Why is this special?

  • Resident predators provide exhilarating game viewing.
  • Variety of game and birds, second to none in Africa.
  • Very remote and largely undiscovered location, with vast plains and wetlands.
  • Very small and intimate camp setting.
  • Owner operator with proven low carbon track record and community involvement.
  • Lonely Planet has selected Mukambi as one of the few lodges that demonstrates an active responsible tourism policy.

Where is this?

The Busanga Plains Camp is a seasonal bush camp, deep in the heart of the stunning wetland area of the famous Busanga Plains. The camp is personal and intimate, set on a small palm tree island in the middle of the vast Busanga Plains.

This most northerly camp in the Kafue is an exciting six-hour drive from the main surfaced road running east west through Kafue. A trip to the Busanga Plains brings you back to the old safari days where the journey to your destination was half the adventure.

Who can go?

  • The safari is a great experience for the adventure traveller, families and small groups.
  • The minimum age for a stay at Busanga Plains Camp is 12 years old.

What should I expect to pay?

The rate for a minimum three night stay at Busanga Plains Camp is USD $775 per person, per night, sharing. This cost is fully inclusive other than Park fees and transfers.

There are children discounts available in addition to package deals for an extended stay at the other Mukambi Lodges in Kafue.

What extensions do you recommend?

Extensions to South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi and Livingstone are all a great idea.

 

 

 

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Bat Migration Kasanka

Bat Migration Kasanka

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What is this safari about?

See the largest mammal migration on earth!

Witness the arrival of 10 million fruit bats as they collectively descend upon a tiny patch of evergreen swamp forest in Kasanka National Park – a place appropriately referred to as ‘Bat Forest’. Whilst this unique experience is not typically at the top of the traditional safari traveller’s ‘to do’ list, the spectacle and ecological implications of the arrival of up to 3,500 tons of flying mammals over an eight-week period is a spectacle every nature lover will be enthralled by.

Each night, the bats leave the forest in the early evening and then return during the early hours of the morning. It is at this time that visitors may see the majestic Crowned Eagle as it circles and hunts its unsuspecting prey, along with the Fish Eagle, Martial Eagle and many more such predators looking for a meal.

Bat Forest is located in close proximity to Wasa Lodge and the Pontoon Campsites. A number of hides and viewing platforms have been erected in and around the area, including the BBC hides and Fibwe hides which are very popular stakeouts to watch the bats leave each evening and arrive back each morning. Game drives to and from the Bat Forest are also likely to yield interesting sightings.

Kasanka offers the seasoned traveller a chance to experience a Southern African safari with tropical Congo elements, in a remote and un-spoilt wilderness – a combination of elements unlike any other. The National Park’s varied animal, bird and plant life boast several rare species including Sitatunga, Wattled Crane, Ross’s Lourie and Blue Monkeys offering additional diversity for those seeking something a little different.

The last two weeks of October to the middle of December offer the ‘best of bat season’, with peak time being a full moon between the middle of November and early December.

Pack your bags and venture out on a journey that will deliver a unique experience and amazing memories.

Why is this special?

  • This safari delivers a jaw-dropping spectacle you won’t want to miss – a breathtaking, gigantic whirlpool of bats gliding against a stunning crimson sunrise.  
  • Unbelievable experience with unique photographic opportunities.
  • Climb treetop hides (15 metres high) for sunrise and sunset viewings.
  • Great wilderness game drives and fantastic birding.

Where is this?

Kasanka National Park is located in Central Zambia on the south western edge of the Lake Bangweulu Basin, bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Visitors can either fly directly into Kasanka by private charter plane, or self-drive. The drive from Lusaka to Kasanka will take you approximately five to six hours.

Who can go?

  • The park and lodge caters for all travellers, although the climb up the tree hides is not for the faint hearted!
  • For those that prefer to keep their feet firmly on the ground, there are other ground-based viewing platforms available.

What should I expect to pay?

Rates at Wasa Lodge start at USD $330 per person, sharing, on a fully inclusive basis in green season (January to June) and range to USD $440 in high season (July to December).

There are lower rates available on a full board or self-catering basis.

What extensions do you recommend?

South Luangwa, Liuwa Plain and Victoria Falls all make for great extensions to this unique experience.

 

 

 

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Wildebeest Migration Liuwa Plain

Wildebeest Migration Liuwa Plain


What is this safari about? 

Liuwa Plain is situated on the upper Zambezi floodplains of Western Zambia. Each year when seasonal floods transform the flat grasslands into a wetland paradise, the area becomes home to the second largest wildebeest migration in Africa. It is a spectacle which sees between 40,000 and 50,000 individuals migrate within the broader Liuwa system, moving between the numerous pans following seasonal burns and flooding.

At the start of the rainy season (around November) the Zambezi floods from the north and the wildebeest move south to higher ground creating a magnificent migration with literally ten’s of thousands moving along the plains - a sight to behold! They are joined by herds of zebra, tsessebe and lechwe, and predators such as wild dog, hyena, cheetah and lion.  

The area incorporating Liuwa Plain has a long and rich history. One of the earliest protected areas in Africa, Liuwa Plain was proclaimed a game reserve by the King of the Lozi people in the early 1880’s.  Since 2003, the Park has been managed by African Parks through a public-private partnership with the Zambian Government and the Barotse Royal Establishment.

A new lodge Mambeti is located on the upper Munde stream, a site chosen for its sweeping vistas and complete wildlife immersion. The accommodation comprises six luxury villas including a two bedroomed family villa, with the capacity to accommodate a total of 15 guests. This will be the only lodge inside the Park and makes for a very special experience during the migration. 

Why is this special?

  • Witness the second biggest wildebeest migration in Africa!
  • View unique predator behavior - hyenas hunting in packs of up to 50.
  • Rare bird watching with 334 species.
  • Fabulous photographic opportunities.
  • Stay at the only lodge inside the Park.
  • Great conservation history and community participation
  • Wild and seriously remote…

Where is this?

Bound by the Luambimba and Luanginga Rivers, Liuwa is characterised by its spectacular flat landscape with wide-open spaces. Its seasonally flooded Zambezi floodplain is dotted with slightly elevated wooded islands.

Historically used as a royal hunting ground, people today still live inside the Park, a legacy that dates back to the late 19th century when the Barotse King, Lubosi Lewanika, proclaimed it a protected area and appointed his people as the custodians of the reserve and its wildlife – including the famous Liuwa lions, hyenas and cheetahs

Who can go?

  • Great for couples, families and small groups.
  • Ideal for those interested in remote and special wildlife encounters.
  • Birder and photographer heaven!

What should I expect to pay?

Prices are still to be announced.

What extensions do you recommend?

A stay at Liuwa can be combined (through a package deal) with a few nights at the camps in South Luangwa, creating a great Zambian wildlife experience. Add to that a stay at Victoria Falls and its pretty much as good as it gets!

safariFRANK’s Botswana or Namibia components also work well with a Zambia connection.

 

 

 

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