The allure of Kafue National Park is its complete and utter untamed beauty. It is so off-the-beaten-track that most of it is only accessible by light aircraft, especially the north-east where most of the park’s camps are situated. Nanzhila Plains however, offers a superb alternative to the hard-to-reach north-east corner of Zambia’s biggest conservation area.
Conveniently located in the wildlife-rich southern section of Kafue, Nanzhila can be reached by driving from both the international airports of Livingstone (near Victoria Falls) and Lusaka (the capital). Being the only safari lodge in the southern Kafue means that you will have a pristine wilderness of about 741 300 acres all to yourself – that’s almost double the size of greater London.
Nanzhila overlooks a well-frequented dambo (a set of complex shallow wetlands) and tucked underneath the canopy of a huge jackalberry tree. Go on daily game drives and guided bush walks to encounter four members of the Big 5 (there are no rhino in Kafue), as well as other predators like cheetah, wild dog and hyena. You will also have an excellent chance of sighting at least 10 distinct species of antelope including rare sable, roan, oribi and puku. The area is a birdwatcher’s mecca of over 500 recorded species and offers near-guaranteed sightings of black-cheeked love birds. Other feathered varieties include Chaplin's barbet, wattled crane, racket-tailed rollers and Pel's fishing owl. Fascinating night drives will reveal the shy, nocturnal creatures of Nanzhila Plains like bushbabies, civet and genet.
This welcoming, owner-run safari lodge offers an intimate and authentic safari experience in a remote, yet easily accessible slice of immaculate Zambian wilderness.