Nanzhila Plains

Nanzhila Plains

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Overview

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.

Highlights

  • The only safari lodge in southern Kafue National Park - 741 300 acres to explore
  • Very remote, yet easily accessible by road from Livingstone or Lusaka
  • Overlooks a large wetland area where animals come to drink
  • Over 500 recorded bird species in the area
  • See large game like elephant, lion, leopard and buffalo as well as sable, roan, oribi and puku

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Activities

  • Bird watching
  • Cultural tours
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Night drives

Rooms

Chalet

These thatched cottages can each accommodate two guests and nestled along the treeline, boasting unobstructed views of the dambo. Here, you can enjoy a tranquil and authentic safari experience – you will be thrilled by antelope grazing around your chalet or elephants ripping branches off nearby trees. Bathrooms are en suite with hot showers, flush toilets and double vanities. The chalets are spacious, private and romantically lit at night by paraffin lamps.

Safari Tent

These Meru-style tents are raised on wooden decks with thatched roofs and can accommodate up to six guests each. Their private verandas and walk-in structures offer splendid views of the surrounding bush and the dambo. Each tent has a separate, en suite bathroom with flush toilets, hot showers and double vanities.

Facilities

The main area at Nanzhila is an inviting insaka (a raised, grass-thatched structure) that features stunning teak floors. Overlooking the large wetlands where big game and birds come to drink, the lodge’s communal area consists of a cosy lounge, dining area, bar and veranda. Sink into a comfortable couch with one of the lodge’s many nature books, before heading to the open-air fireplace to swap stories of the day’s animal encounters. Soak in the magic of relaxing next to a crackling camp fire under the African night sky.

Dining

Wholesome meals are prepared with traditional cooking techniques and can be enjoyed in the main lodge’s dining area or alfresco at the communal fireplace.

General facilities

  • Bar
  • Boma
  • Laundry service

Amenities

  • En-suite bathroom

Rates

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2018-07-01 — 2018-10-31Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $375
2018-11-01 — 2018-11-15Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $325

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • Single supplements may apply.
  • Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

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