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Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp (Kafue National Park) Zambia

 
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Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp is located in the remote southern sector of Kafue National Park in Zambia. The vast open spaces provide privacy and exclusivity. The birdlife is a big attraction for many visitors, with 491 bird species recorded. The camp is small, intimate and remote and offers guests a true safari experience with breathtaking African sunsets and incredible game viewing opportunities.

Covering a vast area of approximately 22500 square kilometers, the Kafue National Park is the largest in Zambia and one of the largest protected areas in the World. Gazetted in the 1950's during colonial rule, it is also the oldest park in Zambia. Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp is only one of a small handful of camps in the whole park, ensuring that our visitors experience the beauty of the area in its unspoiled splendor. The park derives its name from the stunning Kafue River that flows through the Park in the north, down its eastern boundary before exiting the park at Lake Itezhi-Tezhi and continuing through the Kafue Flats towards the Zambezi River, of which it is a tributary.

 

Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp (Kafue National Park) Zambia - www.africansafaris.travelThe north of the Park is dominated by the Busanga Plains and surrounding Miombo woodland. The Busanga Plains are typified, in the summer months, by a vast, flat, watery wilderness interspersed with Palm and Fig-Tree clad termite mounds. During winter the water recedes revealing a vast lush grassland, providing grazing for the plains game that call Busanga home. The seldom visited and largely inaccessible central belt of the park is typified by Miombo woodland and broad grassy dambos with riverine forest along the banks of the Kafue River.

In the south the major attractions are Lake Itezhi-Tezhi, the Ngoma Forest and the Nanzhila Plain. Lake Itezhi-Tezhi, fed by the Kafue River, is a large man-made lake of some 390 square kilometers surrounded by rocky outcrops, submerged trees and grassy banks. The Nanzhila Plains in the far south is predominantly Miombo and Kalahari woodland interspersed with dambos and grassy plains. The seasonal Nanzhila River that flows through the plains overflows its banks during the rainy season covering the entire area with the exception of the numerous Palm and Baobab clad termite mounds. Despite the Park's proximity to Lusaka and the Copperbelt it remains wild and undeveloped. Recovering from neglect and the ravages of poaching, particularly in the 1990's, the Park now enjoys the support of numerous agencies including the World Bank, NORAD and DANIDA and is well on its way to recovering its rightful position of one of Africa's premier wildlife retreats.

The habitat diversity of the region accounts for the greatest wildlife diversity of any park in Zambia and probably Africa. In all, the park is home to 158 mammal species. Predators are well represented, including Lion, Leopard, Hyena, Serval and healthy populations of Cheetah and Wild Dog, particularly in the south. The greatest variety of antelope in Africa can be found, including Roan and Sable Antelope, Blue Wildebeest, Defassa Waterbuck, Litchenstein's Hartebeest, Eland, Oribi, Reedbuck, Impala, Kudu and Zebra. In the north you can also find Sitatunga and Red Lechwe and in the regions of Lake Itezhi-Tezhi Hippo and Crocodile are encountered as well as large populations of Elephant and Buffalo.

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Accommodation:

Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp is a new development located on the site of the old Nanzhila Rest Camp built in the late 1950's, in the remote and seldom visited southern sector of Kafue National Park. The area is best known for its lush woodlands of Miombo, Zambezi Teak and Mopane, the beautiful plains and the stream that runs through it, after which our lodge is named. Nanzhila Plains offers excellent opportunities to see the healthy populations of a number of antelope species including Roan and Sable, Reedbuck, Defassa Waterbuck, Oribi, Hartebeest and Eland as well as all the major carnivores, with a particularly strong population of Wild Dog and Cheetah. The birdlife is phenomenal throughout the year, and sightings can almost be guaranteed of the endemic Black-cheeked Lovebird, the Wattled Crane, Ground Hornbill and Saddle-billed Stork amongst others.

 

Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp (Kafue National Park) Zambia - www.africansafaris.travelMain Lodge
The raised, thatched Boma is situated under the shade of a huge Jackalberry Tree (African Ebony). It houses the lounge and dining area, bar and verandah, with a stunning and elevated view of the dambo, whilst on the adjoining Kopje we have positioned our communal open-air fire place which is the focal point of the evening activities where guests can enjoy a warm fire, a cold drink, good fellowship and the sounds of the African night.

Thatched Cottages

Currently the lodge is able to accommodate up to 6 guests in 3 well appointed thatched cottages. Built to make the most of the tranquil surroundings, they have been built to blend discreetly into the undergrowth without compromising the magnificent views in front of the lodge. The cottages are spacious, have en-suite facilities of hot shower and toilet and have been tastefully decorated and provide everything one needs for comfort and peace without compromising on the sense of being close to nature.

Safari Tents

We have 3 en-suite safari tents that can accommodate up to 6 people

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Activities:

• Twice daily game drives in our custom developed open 4-wheeldrive vehicles accompanied by our licensed and professional guides in the company of an armed ZAWA scout.
• Guided walks - birding, bush trails, etc...
• Visits to Lake Itezhi-Tezhi and cultural visit to Shezongo village (by special arrangement)
• Night drives

At Nanzhila Plains we try and accommodate all our client's wishes and as such do not have a fixed daily routine. If our client simply wishes to relax at camp and enjoy the lodge's hospitality, or want to spend as much time as possible exploring the area and its wildlife, then so be it. This is what we call the 'Nanzhila Experience': you govern the pace of your holiday, not us!

 

  Accommodation Rates:-  From $350 per person per night sharing. Please contact us for a quote and suggested itinerary. 


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