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Kafue

Zambia’s Wild, Western Frontier

The northern section of the Kafue National Park offers the most interesting range of landscapes; the prime wildlife viewing area is the Busanga Plains. In addition to game drives and walking safaris, you can also survey the territory and herds from above on safari flights by helicopter, light aircraft or hot air balloon. The latter is a wonderfully peaceful way to travel and to appreciate the landscape, and is much less commercialised than the major balloon operations in Serengeti and Masai Mara. It’s likely that yours will be the only balloon in the sky.
 
One of the real highlights of a safari in Kafue is a motor boat ride on the Kafue River. The banks are shady and the river largely languid, with just one stretch of rapids to get your pulse racing. There are plenty of elephant, hippo and crocodiles on the river bank, while lion and leopard are never far away. You can expect excellent opportunities for birding, too; catching sight of an African fish eagle, the national emblem of Zambia, diving through the air to catch fish in the river is a treat.
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Accommodation:
Musekese

Musekese is a recently renovated bush camp that overlooks a lagoon in the Kafue National Park. It has the best guides of any camp in Zambia; their knowledge is absolutely phenomenal, and you’ll come away bursting with fabulous facts and enthusiasm.

Accommodation:
Busanga Bush Camp

Dinner under the Zambian skies, unbeatable sunsets and hot air balloon rides over vast, grassy floodplains await you at Busanga Bush Camp. Tucked away on an island of sycamore fig trees in the heart of the Busanga Plains, it’s the perfect place to recharge and appreciate the beauty of Zambia.

Accommodation:
Shumba Camp

Shumba Camp boasts breathtaking views from a tree covered island in the middle of the Busanga Plains. Unwind back at the lodge, go lion-spotting or soar over the landscape in a hot air balloon, keeping an eye out for hippo, buffalo and zebra.