Commonly known as “The Gateway to The Kafue National Park”, Mukambi Safari Lodge is centrally located in the park, right on the banks of the stunning Kafue River. The Kafue National Park is one of the largest national parks in Africa (roughly the size of Wales at more than 22,000km²), therefore we would recommend you book with us for at least a week so you have time to explore this vast park and combine time at Busanga, Fig Tree and Mukambi. However, shorter bookings of 3 to 4 nights at Mukambi will also guarantee a truly unique safari!
In June 2015 Mukambi Safaris opened a new luxury bush camp in an undiscovered part of Kafue National Park
It is named after the giant fig tree next to the boma (central area) overlooking a unique sandy lagoon. This lagoon maintains its alluring water throughout the season attracting an array of wildlife, including elephant, puku, impala, warthog, zebra, and hartebeest. Predators like lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena are regular visitors and the wild dog have been known to prey on the concentration of game.
The camp has tented accommodation on 3 meter high platforms above the ground, giving a spectacular view of the plains and the lagoon where various animals come to drink.
The beautiful location in combination with spectacular accommodation and the variety of wildlife are the main attractions – not to mention the remoteness of the Camp and as always the good food.
Fig Tree Safari Tents
Fig Tree Bush Camp has tented accommodation on 3-meter platforms above the ground, giving a spectacular view over the lagoon and the plains towards the entrance of the camp.
We have 4 en-suite luxury safari tents on stilts (2 twin and 2 double).
Guests will stay in one of our 4 furnished safari tents. Each tent overlooks the lagoon but also has a private view of the plains behind the camp offering unique opportunities to spot game. Each safari tent has an en-suite bathroom and veranda presenting a unique view from the tree canopy. Guests will then come together underneath the Fig Tree, from which the camp is named, to savour the serenity of the lagoon as well as delicious food and wine.
Fig Tree offers two activities, the first of which is Game Drives. These are available twice daily, one in the morning departing at sunrise, and one in the evening, which turns into a night safari. The guides take you from camp on a tour of the several surrounding loops, where you can see a mix of vegetation, from the open plains and tall grass, to the areas of thick bush. You can see the animals parading in the open or camouflaged with the African bush. Then following sundowners over the hippo pools, the night safari and search for nocturnal animals begins. The guides will return you to camp with the fire ready and time enough to enjoy all the stars the night sky has to offer.
Walking safaris depart in the early morning after the sun rises to avoid the heat of the day. The walk will begin with a short briefing from a guide before you head off into the African bush and have the chance to get closer to nature than ever before. Our guides have a wealth of knowledge about Kafue National Park, and will share their knowledge with you, from the insects on the ground, to the birds in the sky. Walks last approximately 3 hours and you will return to camp ready for one of our deliciously prepared breakfasts.
The Plains Camp is the seasonal luxury bush camp of Mukambi Safaris located deep in the heart of the famous Busanga Plains, a stunning wetland area. The camp in Busanga offers an intimate experience with our tented accommodation in the middle of the flood plain.
The Plains Camp has 4 luxury safari tents with open-air showers and flushing toilets The boma is on stilts and overlooks the plains where lion and cheetah prey on large herds of lechwe, puku and buffalo. Crowned and wattled cranes, secretary birds and ground hornbill stalk the plains. The openness is only interrupted by tree studded islands, where fig trees and wild date palms draw their nutrients from the remains of giant anthills. Busanga, a landscape so distinctive, it is like no other you will see in Africa. This is the Africa you have dreamt of and you can visit this unique area with Mukambi Safaris.
Busanga Safari Tent
The Busanga Plains Camp consists of 4 big well-furnished safari tents (2 twin and 2 double) with en-suite open air bathrooms overlooking the Busanga Plains.
Game drives depart from Busanga Plains camp daily. One departs at sunrise and the afternoon drive (partly a night drive) leaves at approximately 2 hours before sunset. Drives are 3.5 to 4 hours long. You will make your way across the open plains from camp, the beauty of drives here is the openness of the plains, it guarantees that you will see multiple species in view at once. It also means you have the chance to see some spectacular stalking by predators of the various types of antelope, and the speed at which they can run on open ground.
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 and servals. But is is also well know for the big lions, buffalo, elephant and wildebeest. Cheetah and wild dog are also often sighted, while a special treat is the ‘resident’ herd of rare roan antelope. For birding enthusiasts, the park boasts 491 species, including endemics such as Chaplin’s barbet.
Walks leave around an hour after sunrise to avoid the heat of the day. The walks take place around the plains surrounding the camp, and give you the chance to come up close to animals such as lechwe and flying snakes. You can try your luck walking over the ‘floating’ grass, and capture National Geographic worthy photographs of the sun rising between the branches of lone Musekese and Fig Trees. You may even come across the odd predator or two, but do not fear, our highly trained guides will show you the African Bush at its finest.
Ila Safari Lodge is located on the very threshold of Kafue National Park in Zambia. The lodge sits right on the banks of the Kafue River in an area of abundant wildlife and boasts 180-degree views out over the water.
Ila Safari Lodge is a new (2016) true eco-lodge providing facilities of the highest quality to a maximum of 24 guests. Soon after being welcomed by our team you will be basking in the tranquility and luxury of our lodge surrounded by the vast Kafue wilderness.
Mwaoneka pa Ila Safari Lodge, twakondwela pokuonani! Welcome to Ila Safari Lodge, we are happy to meet you!
Soon after being welcomed by our team you be basking in tranquility and luxury of our lodge surrounded by the great wilderness of Kafue National Park.
Ila Safari Lodge is a true eco-lodge providing facilities of the highest quality to a maximum of 24 guests. The lodge is located on the banks of the mighty Kafue River in an area of abundant wildlife and boasts 180 degree views out across the water.
Our central boma is best described by the phrase 'eco friendly meets dynamic design' and is the showpiece of our property. Designed from inception to provide top notch facilities for 24 guests it boasts a stunning modern pool, an openair restaurant, bar and lounge with 180 degree views out over the river, a boat jetty, a fireplace and a firepit area for after dinner gatherings. All large original trees have been incorporated into the building including our iconic 'twin palms' which sit next to the swimming pool and which the entire building was built around to protect.
Take a dip in our cutting edge designer pool, dine on mouth-watering cuisine, kick back and enjoy a book or just watch the world go by with an ice cold drinks in hand from the lounge.
THE ILA PEOPLE
Our name was inspired by the Ila people, a cattle herding tribe residing in the valley of the Kafue River. Their distinctive hairstyle called ‘isusu’ was designed to allow fellow members of hunting or war parties to see eachother over the tall grass of the Kafue floodplains. The style was formed with plaited hair stiffened with a sliver of antelope horn. The Ila weapon of choice was the spear and they used many differing varieties with much display of skill. Battles were generally with other tribes over stolen cattle.
We are proud to recognise this fascinating people wherever possible at the lodge. To read more on the Ila people click here.
To make the most of all Kafue has to offer we recommend you spend 4 nights with us. Explore and go with our wide range of activities or stop and relax in the blissful surrounds of the lodge.
May there never be a dull moment at Ila Safari Lodge, we want you to leave feeling fulfilled!
To get an idea of the sort of game viewing you can expect to experience during a stay with us check out this video. All footage was taken during a 3 night stay in Kafue.
For more information on Kafue National Park click here.
We offer the following activities:
Alongside our 3 game viewers we are the proud owners of Zambia's very first 'Electronic Landrover' (ELandy). This vehicle allows you to experience all the sights and sounds of the bush in near silence and with a sense of environmental care. The Elandy is kept close to camp and operates in the Game Management Area for short drives or the relatively common 'dinner table dash' to investigate what that sound in the night was or how close those lion calls are! You can read more about this vehicle here.
Our Elandy aside we have 3 top of the range game viewers which reside on the park side of the river. It's a quick float in a boat over to them which is always a nice way to start the morning! Our guides are all masters of their craft, spend a morning or afternoon exploring the park with them and see what you can find. Regular sightings include lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, a wide range of antelopes including roan, sable and zebra, hippo, crocodile, warthog, genet, jackal, mongoose, every entertaining baboons and monkeys and a myriad of species of bird. Our rarer species are also on the cards including wild dog, cheetah, honey badger, civet, serval, bushpig, porcupine and bushbaby. If you want to get further afield a full day drive with a picnic lunch is always an option.
Had enough of the African massage?! Take a smooth and serene boat cruise either at dawn or for sunset on one of our boats. Staying on theme 1 of our boats are solar powered. To read more about our eBoat click here.
There is nothing quite like quietly drifting down the mighty Kafue river taking in the sights and sounds of the river with a breeze in your hair! Spend a relaxing few hours following the river bank to see what is living on the water or coming down to drink. Sunset from the water is particularly beautiful!
Want to be a bit more active?! Head out on a walking safari with one of our specialist walking guides and an armed Zambian Wildlife officer. Using footprints and spoor track game using your own two feet as power. Get up close and personal to nature and appreciate the smaller things that you may miss from a vehicle
Set out on the river with rod, tackle and one of our fishing guides to show you all the best spots. For experienced fishermen we can target specific species or if you just want to try your hand see if you can land a big bream. We have basic equipment available on site but recommend professional fishermen bring their gear.
This project is situated at the Nalusanga Gate, the entrance to the Kafue National Park. The aim is to assist the community to grow a greater variety of fresh produce for their own consumption and for selling at the local market. Lodge owners and other travellers in the area will be able to purchase these products as they enter the park.
LUNCH WITH THE LADIES CLUB
As of mid-April 2017 we will be offering an outing and lunch with the Ladies Club at the nearby Chunga Community. A delicious traditional meal will be prepared and guests will be able to learn about the local community, culture and traditions whilst interacting with the local people.
Nanzhila Plains is located in the southern section of Kafue National Park, Zambia. It is accessible via road from both Livingstone via Kalomo and Dundumwezi Gate (details below) or from Lusaka via Itezhi-Tezhi and Musa Gate (details below). The lodge also utilizes Ngoma air-strip which is serviced by a number of air charter companies based in Lusaka and Livingstone and is approx. a 2-hour game drive from the lodge.
Ideal safari destination -
The closest true Zambian safari destination to Livingstone – a 3hr drive and you are in the park.
Remote wilderness -
Nanzhila is only lodge in the Southern Kafue, meaning you have nearly 3000km² of pure wilderness to yourself
Animal diversity -
Nanzhila offers staggering animal and bird diversity including 4 out of the Big 5 and a number of birding specials
Nanzhila Plains has 3 en-suite safari tents and 3 en-suite chalets complimented by a perfectly positioned main ‘insaka’ lodge complete with boma, fireplace, deck and bar!
- visits to the waterholes and hides, sundowners and the “Kafue Explorer”
- GAME DRIVES (MORNING AND NIGHT DRIVE)
- BUSH WALKS
- Cultural Visits
- Full Day Excursion