- Remote, untouched wilderness location
- Intimate, friendly camp
- Game drives and guided walks
Mukambi Plains Camp is a privately owned, rustic bush camp located in the heart of the secluded Busanga Plains, in the north west of Kafue National Park, northern Zambia. This intimate, tented camp offers friendly and experienced hosting and guiding in a stunning wilderness location, and will suit adventurous travellers seeking an authentic safari experience ‘off the beaten track’. The Busanga floodplain is a little-explored wetland area, which transforms during the dry season into vast grasslands interspersed with thickets of fig and palm trees. Accessible to visitors for only four months of the year, the area brims with wildlife including lion, cheetah, wildebeest, buffalo, puku, and abundant species of birds.
Open from mid-July to early November, Mukambi Plains is the most northerly camp in Kafue National Park, and accessible by private air transfer or by an exhilarating six hour bush drive from its larger sister camp, Mukambi Safari Lodge. Visitors frequently combine a stay at both camps to truly immerse in the diversity and remoteness of this region.
The main area in camp is an airy, open-sided wood-and-thatch construction built on raised wooden decking. Guest spaces comprise dining and bar areas, both east facing to the sunrise, and a comfortable lounge area. Outside, a wooden walkway leads to a small fire pit, perfect for sundowners. The camp operates an eco-friendly policy and runs on limited solar power, with additional paraffin lamps provided in guests’ tents. Due to the remote nature of the camp there is no Wi-Fi or mobile phone signal available.
Activities focus on morning and afternoon game drives, and walking safaris, which usually take place in the morning, to avoid the heat of the day.
Accommodation consists of four comfortable and spacious safari tents, each sleeping two guests in one double or twin beds, with tranquil views of the sweeping floodplain. Each unit is simply furnished and has an ensuite, open air bathroom with a flush WC and traditional bucket shower. Outside is a canopied area with seating, ideal for relaxing and wildlife watching.
Children aged 12 years and over are welcome, although families of young children are advised that the camp is unfenced and wildlife does wander through. Although it is unlikely that animals would approach tents or people, it is essential that children are supervised at all times.
Kafue National Park
- High-end safari camp
- Abundant and unique wildlife
- Excellent birding
- Wilderness Safaris Portfolio
Kafue National Park
- Exceptional lion viewing
- Abundant plains wildlife
- Intimate bush camp
- Wilderness Safaris Portfolio
Kafue National Park
- Pretty riverside location
- Small, friendly camp
- Game drives, walks and boat excursions
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019