MUKAMBI PLAINS CAMP - BUSANGA PLAINS - KAFUE NATIONAL PARK
Mukambi Plains Camp is situated in the north of the Kafue National Park - an exhilarating 6 hour drive from Mukambi Lodge through the National Park. The Camp is seasonal due to its location on the flood plains and to access the camp you will have to walk the last 100m on foot crossing over a foot bridge to bypass a permanent water body.
The seasonal camp is small, intimate and homely with just four luxurious tents nestled amongst the trees on a tiny island. The famous Busanga Plains are in the northern part of the park and the area has extensive floodplains that fall dry after the rainy season attracting huge numbers of game and stunning birdlife. One Fig - a huge fig tree in the middle of the plains - is a famous landmark and the well-known documentary Swamp Lions was filmed exclusively on the Busanga Plains.
Activities include game drives and walking safaris with the chance to see a wide variety of species including lion, cheetah, African buffalo, hippo, oribi, roan, sable, puku, lechwe, eland, hartebeest, zebra and blue wildebeest. In addition, large numbers of elephants and just under 500 bird species are recorded.
Mukambi Plains Camp is located in the northern Busanga Plains area of the Kafue National Park in Zambia.
The camp offers an intimate experience with just four luxury safari tents with ensuite open air bathrooms and flushing toilets with views out over the Busanga Plains.
The tents are light and airy and spacious with large beds draped with mosquito nets. Experience the total peace of nature from your private veranda and drift off to sleep to the sounds of the bush. All the tents have electricity.
The raised boma has an open campfire and dining area and overlooks the the plains, only interrupted by tree studded islands where fig trees and wild date palms draw their nutrients from the remains of giant anthills. Relax and enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool or sunbathe on the wooden deck whilst overlooking the surrounding wetlands. A wooden viewing platform on stilts is tucked away high up in the fig tree above the boma has stunning views directly onto the floodplain.
ACTIVITIES AND WILDLIFE
The Kafue National Park is named after the Kafue River that runs through the park for over 250 km. It enters the park in the north east and forms Lake Itezhi-Tezhi. Other well-known rivers in the Kafue are the Lunga and Lufupa River which both feed into the Kafue River.
The rivers and lake dominate the landscape in the northern and eastern part of the Kafue National Park.
The Kafue National Park is a unique area and one of the biggest national parks in Africa with many different habitats and a huge variety of mammals and birds. It is Zambia’s biggest and oldest national park and is easily accessed from both Lusaka and Livingstone. It is also one of the least visited parks – an untouched wilderness with a rich diversity of wildlife, stunning landscapes and unspoiled by mass tourism.
The wildlife viewing in the Kafue is divers with large breeding herds of elephant and a good number of larger predators - among them several prides of lion, cheetah, leopard and wild dog. Other animals that you are likely to see are buffalo, zebra, hippo and various antelope species such as impala, puku, sable, hartebeest, bushbuck, roan and waterbuck.
The diversity of habitat makes Kafue National Park also one of the best locations in Africa for birding. The Kafue River, wetlands, savannah and woodland boast an impressive 478 of Zambia’s 733-recorded bird species. Among them African Wattled and Crowned Crane, Fish Eagle, Woolly-Necked Stork, Saddle Billed Stork, Goliath Heron, Ground Hornbill, African Fin Foot, Pel’s Owl, Purple-Crested Lourie and Chaplin’s Barbet amongst others.
Game Drives – take place in the morning and in the afternoon/evening. Morning drives head out and catch game still on the move during the cooler hours of the day. Midway through the drive there will be a brief stop to stretch your legs and have some tea/coffee before continuing with the drive and heading back to camp.
Afternoon drives begin late afternoon once it is a bit cooler. This is usually when game begins to be more active providing a better chance of spotting some of the more elusive animals. The drive is also a combination of a night drive which offers the opportunity to spot nocturnal animals found on the Plains.
Walking Safaris – the vastness and openness of the plains makes for some great game viewing on foot. It is easy to spot wildlife on the plains and observe from a safe enough distance. Walks are only done in the morning to avoid the heat of the day and generally last about 3hrs. You will learn about the smaller aspects of the bush that that you might miss whilst in a vehicle and encounter a variety of game. The guide will keep guests safe and informed at all times.
A Night Under the Stars – enjoy a night under the stars in one of the star-beds offering a truly unique experience! The star-bed is on a 4 meter platform with a railing and a mosquito net, at 2 meters high there is a flushing toilet and hand basin. Each platform will have a handheld radio and paraffin lamps for your safety and comfort and you can book the star-bed on arrival in camp at no extra cost.
MUKAMBI BUSH CAMP IS CLOSED FROM THE 1ST NOVEMBER THROUGH TO THE 30TH APRIL EVERY YEAR
THE CAMP WELCOME FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AGED 12 YEARS AND OLDER. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE MINIMUM AGE FOR WALKING SAFARIS IN ZAMBIA IS 12 YEARS AND OLDER