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Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp

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Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp within the Kafue National Park, Zambia, is a simple, yet elegant safari camp that captures the spirit of old Africa, in a wonderfully tranquil setting. Evoking the spirit of safari, guests are accommodated in spacious and suitably appointed tents and chalets, are treated to freshly prepared cuisine and will enjoy the diversity of wildlife to be seen.

Being the most southerly of the park's lodges and the closest in proximity to Livingstone and the Victoria Falls, Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp is the ideal first (or last!) stop on your Zambian safari adventure. The park entrance is a comfortable 3-hour drive from Livingstone and for those who wish to fly, Ngoma air-strip is only a one-hour charter flight away from either Livingstone or Lusaka.

Kafue National Park is the largest national park in Zambia and the 5th largest in the world, covering an area of 22500km². Gazetted in the 1950s during colonial rule, it is also the oldest national park in Zambia.

The park gets its name from the Kafue River, which flows through it in the north, down to the eastern boundary, and flowing into Lake Itezhi-Tezhi before flowing eastwards through the Kafue Flats to the Zambezi.

Most of the park lies between 1,050 and 1,100m above sea-level, in an area of moderate rainfall, moderate temperatures and low humidity, making it an ideal park to visit. It is a huge, unspoilt, unfenced wilderness, home to 160 mammal species and over 500 bird species. Guests will be able to join both vehicle and foot safaris in the company of the very knowledgeable local guides.

Sandwiched between the tourism hotspots of southern and eastern Africa Zambia has, in the past, been overlooked as a tourism destination. With approximately one-third of the country devoted to conservation and protected areas, Zambia has plenty to offer and something for everyone. This diverse land is home to the magnificent Victoria Falls as well as 18 other significant waterfalls, the mighty Zambezi River, Lake Kariba and Lake Tanganyika, and numerous National Parks including the Luangwa Valley, Kafue and Lower Zambezi where one encounters prolific animal and bird life in truly magnificent wilderness settings.

Lying on a vast plateau within the tropical belt Zambia has a surprisingly moderate climate that can be divided into three distinct seasons: the winter months of May to August when it is cool and dry, the months of September and October which are hot and dry and then the rainy season of November to April when it can be hot and relatively humid.

Zambia is a Republic having gained independence from Britain in 1964. Its population is currently estimated at 11.5 million comprising about 70, mostly Bantu-speaking ethnic groups. The people are friendly and helpful and Zambia ranks as one of the safest peaceful places to visit in Africa.

Lusaka is the seat of government and capital of Zambia, whilst Livingstone, in southern Zambia is the country's tourism hub and home to the Victoria Falls. Both Lusaka and Livingstone receive international flights serviced by British Airways and South African Airways.

The spacious main lodge is a raised, grass-thatched structure (called an 'insaka') with a beautiful teak deck. Elevated above the Nangandwe pool, it comprises a lounge and dining area, bar and verandah. An adjoining communal open-air fireplace is a great gathering place in the evening, where stories are exchanged under the stars.

Enjoy wildlife-viewing and bird-watching from the cool verandah, shaded by a huge jackalberry tree (also known as the African Ebony), which provides an unhindered view of the dambo(vlei or wetlands). the

Accommodation at Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp is provided in either thatched cottages or safari tents. Each of the units is spaced both for privacy and to take advantage of views of the surrounding landscape.

There are 3 cottages, each accommodating two people. Each cottage is simply, yet tastefully decorated, with lighting provided by paraffin lanterns. A spacious en-suite bathroom is partially open to the elements – making bathing an experience all the more close to nature.

Three spacious safari tents make up the balance of accommodation. These two are lit with lanterns and include exciting en-suite bathrooms. In all accommodation, generous mosquito nets provide protection over the comfortable beds.

Facilities at Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp include:

  • Lodge
  • Dining Room
  • Bar
  • Viewing deck

Services at Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp include:

  • Laundry services
  • Housekeeping
  • Safari drive safaris
  • Walking safaris
  • Wake up calls

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  • Complimentary Bottled Water
  • Early morning tea & coffee and biscuit
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Housekeeping
  • Indoor Outdoor Showers
  • Mosquito net
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Viewing Deck

Restaurants

Nanzhila Plains DIning

Guests will be sure to enjoy the creative menu on offer at Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp, where the kitchen goes to great lengths to produce generous meals made from locally sourced suppliers wherever possible.

Game Viewing

At Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp you can be as active or lazy as you choose. 

For keen nature lovers, guided walks and bush trails are a must. These two-to three-hour walks in the vicinity of the lodge take you along the Kasha drainage line and through areas of woodland and open plain. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide and an armed Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) scout, you will be perfectly safe and can enjoy learning about the flora and fauna of this fascinating region. 

The emphasis will be on bird life, trees, flowering plants, grasses, traditional usage of the flora, as well as the identification and interpretation of tracks and signs. 

Game drives are always popular and take place early in the morning and mid-to late afternoon, when wildlife is most active. These three-hour drives explore an area within a 35km radius of the lodge and focus on larger mammals as well as unique birds and trees. 

Because Kafue National Park is mostly undeveloped, the chances of encountering other tourist traffic are remote. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, you will feel as if you have the entire park to yourself. The comfortable, custom-built open 4-wheel-drive safari vehicles can tackle the hardiest terrain so you can get up close to the wildlife. 

Night drives are a Zambian specialty and are offered as an extension of an afternoon drive, incorporating a sundowner, or as a stand-alone after-dinner activity. The high-powered spotlight that your guide casts on the bush may reveal those species more active at night, for example leopard, genet and civet. 

A full-day excursion provides a wonderful opportunity to take in the full diversity of the park. You will depart after breakfast and return at dusk, with a packed lunch and refreshments to keep you going. Your knowledgeable guide will take you along the Kasha, Kanyele, Kaunga and Nkala drainage lines and you will stop at the Elephant Orphanage Project, supported by the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, to see orphaned babies elephants being fed by their handlers. A Lake Itezhi-Tezhi lakeshore drive will introduce you to the surreal beauty of this man-made lake, which is well populated with hippo. The excursion ends with a drive through the mysterious Ngoma Forest before returning to the camp across the Nanzhila Plains. 

This excursion takes most types of vegetation occurring in the southern Kafue National Park and you have a good chance of encountering the extremely wide variety of both mammal and bird species attracted to different biomes. 

Your stay is not complete without a village tour, during which you can learn about the day-to-day lives of people in typical rural communities. Visit a local clinic and school, as well as one of the earliest mission stations north of the Zambezi, and find out how local people interact with wildlife and carry out traditional fishing expeditions. This tour also encompasses game viewing. You depart after breakfast and return late afternoon, once again fortified by a packed lunch and refreshments.

  • Barbeque & braai area
  • Hotel Bar
  • Lounge
  • Open Air Boma
  • Parking
  • Viewing deck
  • Waterhole for wildlife

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • Basic first aid assistance
  • Braai & Barbeque
  • Housekeeping service
  • Laundry services
  • Safari drives
  • Wake-up call
  • Walking safaris
Malaria Status and Animals
  • Nanzhila lodge is within a reserve in which potentially dangerous animals are found, guests are advised to take appropriate precautions and adhere to safety instructions given by staff.  

    The reserve is within a malaria zone, and as such, visitors are encouraged to consult their doctor about anti-malarial prophylaxis, to use insect repellent and wear long-sleeved clothing in the evenings.

Children Policy
  • Children are welcome.

Pet Policy
  • No pets allowed.

Available Rooms

Standard

# Rooms:
6

Accommodation at Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp is provided in either thatched cottages or safari tents.  Each of the units is spaced both for privacy and to take advantage of views of the surrounding landscape.  

There are 3 cottages, each accommodating two people.  Each cottage is simply, yet tastefully decorated, with lighting provided by paraffin lanterns.  A spacious en-suite bathroom is partially open to the elements – making bathing an experience all the more close to nature.

Three spacious safari tents make up the balance of accommodation.  These two are lit by lanterns and include exciting en-suite bathrooms.  In all accommodation, generous mosquito nets provide protection over the comfortable beds.

Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp Specials

The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.

Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp 2019 LONG STAY SPECIAL – Stay 3 nights and get a 4th for half price!

Included in the rate:

Fully Inclusive package:

  • All accommodation, meals, house drinks, safari activities, tourism levy & transfers from Dundumwezi Gate & Ngoma Airstri, park fees and levies (USD 50 pppn)

Excluded from the rate:

  • External transfers, premium brand drinks, gratuities

Terms and Conditions:

  • Valid 15 May - 15 November 2019
  • Only valid for a 4 night stay
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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -16.279204

Longitude: 25.918002

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