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 birdlife 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 the bathing 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 protect the comfortable beds.
Facilities at Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp include:
Services at Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp include: