A warm welcome
Welcome to Mukambi Safari Lodge, gateway to the Kafue National Park in Zambia. Surrounded by one of the largest areas of unspoiled wilderness in the world, Mukambi Safari Lodge overlooks the majestic Kafue River and is situated a comfortable 3 hour drive from Lusaka. Mukambi Plains Camp is our seasonal bush camp on the Busanga Plains. From both camps we will show you the ‘Real Africa’; vast areas of untouched nature, unspoiled by mass tourism. We pride ourselves with very comfortable accommodation, excellent food, friendly, experienced staff and exciting safaris. These features together will make your stay unforgettable.
Zambia: The friendly destination
Zambia, ‘the warm heart of Africa’, has so much to offer. Acknowledged as one of the safest countries in Africa to visit as a tourist, here you will experience some of the finest safaris. Why not combine a visit to the stunning Victoria Falls with an authentic safari in the pure wilderness of the Kafue National Park, one of the biggest national parks in the world, with the greatest diversity of game and birds. In the proximity of Mukambi, as the gateway to the Kafue, elephants, lions, cheetahs and leopards are often sighted and packs of wild dogs also roam around.
Lodges Kafue National Park
Mukambi Safari Lodge
Our main lodge, Mukambi Safari Lodge, is situated right on the banks of the mighty Kafue River, with direct access to the Kafue National Park. The lodge consists of comfortable en-suite chalets and a luxurious Riverside Villa which has its private riverside deck, as well as 4 luxury classic safari tents, all overlooking the Kafue river. The total capacity of Mukambi is 32 beds. Centrally located is our Boma (Restaurant/bar), the swimming-pool, as well as several decks that also have spectacular views of the Kafue river. Mukambi is famous for its excellent cuisine, friendly staff and highly experienced rangers.
How to get there
Mukambi Safari Lodge is located centrally in Kafue National Park, right on the banks of the stunning Kafue River. An easy 3,5 hour ride from Lusaka International Airport, over a very well maintained mainroad. You can either self-drive, or we can arrange for your direct transfer, either by car or by plane, with airstrips located in close proximity to both our Mukambi and Busanga lodges. More and more major airlines offer direct flights to Lusaka, several days a week. It is easy to make bookings to other destinations within Zambia (eg Victoria Falls) or other African countries in combination with the Kafue. There are regular flights to Livingstone, Johannesburg, Windhoek, Gaborone, Dar es Salam, Nairobi and Dubai.
Mukambi Plains Camp
Our seasonal bush camp, open from July-November, is situated deep in the heart of the famous Busanga Plains, a stunning and unique wetland area (recently cited as one of the top 10 ‘secret gems’ of Africa, in Getaway Magazine). The Plains Camp is an exciting six hour drive from Mukambi Safari Lodge through the Kafue National Park. A trip to the Busanga Plains brings you back to the days when a safari was an exciting trip to reach your destination. Every journey calls for a sense of adventure, a desire to explore the unknown.
At Mukambi we offer wonderful game-drives, river-cruises, fishing and unique walking safaris. Besides this, it is with great pride that we are now able to offer you ‘silent safaris’ with the first electrical game-drive vehicle (our very own ’eLandy’) actively operating in Africa.
Developed by a team of Dutch engineers, our eLandy is the most eco-friendly way to experience the sound of the bush, as well as improve the chance of sightings, with virtually no sound-pollution from the vehicle…. A true revolution in the safari industry.
We pride ourselves on the many heartwarming positive comments of our guests, most of whom give us a five star rating on Trip-Advisor, resulting in the official ‘Certificate of Excellence’ Reward 2013.
Most emphasized by our clients is – besides the quality of their game-sightings and the beautifull location of Mukambi – the easy and welcoming atmosphere only a small, intimate lodge can offer. Also the high quality of our guides, the friendliness of our staff in general, and our kitchen are most appreciated.
The Kafue National Park is one of the largest national parks in Africa (roughly the size of Wales at more than 22,000km2) and we would recommend you book with us for at least a week and combine time at both Busanga and Mukambi. However, shorter bookings of 3 to 4 nights at Mukambi would guarantee you a truly unique safari.
Many guests also combine a visit to the Kafue with some of the other great game-reserves in Zambia, and/or the Victoria Falls, that can easily fit into a 7 – 14 day holiday. You also might consider combining your ultimate safari trip with a beach destination elsewhere in Africa eg Mozambique, Tanzania, South Africa or even Seychelles (especially if flying with Kenya Air). Your preferred safari agent will gladly provide you with further advise.)
Frequently asked questions
Answers to most the frequently asked questions, for instance, “how do I obtain a Zambian Visum?”, “Is Malaria present in the Kafue?” or “Do you have family-rooms?”. You will find them here. We hope that this answers most of your questions.
If you have any more questions, please let us know and we will be pleased to answer them for you.
Rates & Promotions
Enclosed you’ll find our rates for the upcoming season (2014) for both Mukambi Safari Lodge and Mukambi Plains Camp, differentiated for the peak-season (July-October) and the Emerald season (Nov-June). You can either book for full-board accommodation, and/or combined with activities (game-drives, boat-cruises, walking safaris etc).
We also offer all inclusive packages that combine both Mukambi and Busanga. These packages include return transfers from Lusaka to Busanga, accommodation, meals, activities, bar, park fees and laundry.
When to book?
Mukambi Safari Lodge operates all year, and with good reason. Our peak-season is May-December, but during the Emerald Season (December-May), the Kafue also has wonderful safaris to offer. Game might be a little harder to spot, but ‘the fifty shades of green’ , stunning bright light (photographers best) and beauty of the wilderness, still guarantee a unique and highly rewarding experience. Our Mukambi Plains Camp in the north-western part of the Kafue is seasonal, and only open from July-November.