Mukambi Safari Lodge

Game Management Area, Kafue National Park
Known as the gateway to Kafue National Park, Mukambi Safari Lodge is located right on the banks of the stunning Kafue River. Vast untouched areas that are unspoiled by mass tourism, makes this part of Africa the ‘Real Africa’, the Africa you have dreamt of. The lodge itself consists of a thatched building with several decks overlooking the river from which you can observe the wildlife while cocktails are served from the bar. In between game viewing activities you can relax by the new infinity swimming pool peacefully reading one of the books from the small library collection. Or chat to one of the guides while gazing up at the stars in the night sky by the warm campfire. Or perhaps enjoy an in-room massage. Although Mukambi is not situated in the park like its sister camps Busanga Plains and Fig tree, all the wildlife found in the park are also found in the Game Management Area. Only a river separates Mukambi Safari Lodge from the central Kafue National Park. Mukambi is unfenced and attracts a variety of animals! There are warthog, antelope, hyena, elephant, lion and leopard that visit the camp regularly. Your sightings don’t just happen while on a game drive!
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Mukambi Safari Lodge offers three different room types. Firstly, there are eight chalets set back from the river on the lawns. Each has thatched roof with twin or double beds, mosquito nets and a small en-suite with shower - water is solar heated and the chalets are solar powered. Secondly, and right on the river bank, there is a luxury two bedroomed family villa (both en-suite) that includes a shared living room with an extensive wooden deck. Finally, there are four stunning luxury tents also right on the river bank.  These include a freestanding ball and claw bathtub found on each deck. Further enhancing the African theme, the furniture is made out of recycled wood from Dhows that used to sail the Indian Ocean off Tanzania. Romantic mosquito nets surround luxurious box spring king-size beds and the entrance to the private deck is made of wall to wall wooden sliding glass doors that provide spectacular views and light into the tents. The tents have an open bathroom set up with shower, toilet and washbasin.
 
The enormous 8,649 mi² Kafue National Park is a unique area. The many different habitats and the huge variety of mammals and birds make it an area waiting to be explored. Mass tourism does not exist here leaving the park pure and unexplored. This is what a real safari should be like, excellent game viewing with a rich diversity of wildlife and stunning landscapes unspoiled by the masses. The park is named after the Kafue River that runs through it for over 160 miles. It enters the park in the north east and forms Lake Itezhi-Tezhi south of the park, a beautiful dam with big herds of wildlife roaming around on its shores. 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 parts of the park. The famous Busanga Plains are in the Northern part of the park. The area consists of an extensive floodplain that falls 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. The well-known documentary Swamp Lions, often broadcasted on National Geographic, was filmed exclusively on the Busanga Plains. It is no surprise that Getaway magazine mentioned Busanga as one of the ‘top 10 secret gems of Africa’. The plains are seasonal due to the flooding in the wet season. The Kafue River itself has spectacular riverine forests on its banks and flows throughout the year changing from a wide slow flowing river over 340 yards wide in several areas broken up by clusters of small islands with fast flowing water. The river attracts a wide variety of animals and birds and is filled with hippos and crocodiles of all sizes.
 
Activities consist of game drives in open-canopy vehicles, boat cruises, sunset cruises, fishing trips, community school tours, along with walking safaris. The game drives are available twice daily, one in the morning departing at sunrise, and one in the late afternoon which turns into a night safari. The vehicles are located in the park, which is a short boat trip across the Kafue River - all game drives depart from within the park. The late afternoon drive continues into the night as the search for nocturnal animals begins. Walking safaris take place within the park itself and typically depart in the early morning after the sun rises to avoid the heat of the day. You may even come across the odd predator or two, but do not fear, the highly trained guides will show you the African bush at its finest. The walks last approximately three hours before returning to camp for a deliciously prepared breakfast.
 
A visit to Mukambi Safari Lodge combines perfectly with either Busanga Plain Camp or Fig Tree Bush Camp. An ideal weeks stay.
 
AT A GLANCE
  • 8 classic en-suite chalets with private terrace
  • 1 family villa (2 en-suite bedrooms) with shared living area and expansive  deck on banks of the river
  • 4 luxury en-suite tents with free standing ball and claw bathtub on each deck on banks of the river
  • En-suite bathrooms include hot and cold running water
  • Safari shop
  • Infinity swimming pool
  • Vast Kafue National Park home to more species of ungulate than any national park south of the Congo Basin
  • Includes lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, wild dog, elephant to name a few
  • Twice daily game drives - early morning and late afternoon game drives that continue into nightfall
  • Guided walking safaris
  • Fishing trips
  • Boat cruises and sunset cruises
  • Community school visit
  • All Inclusive: 3 meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beer, two safari activities daily, laundry
  • Wi-Fi internet access
  • Electricity: Runs fully on solar power with backup generator
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