Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp is located in the far south of Kafue National Park. This is a very remote area, allowing for some exceptional game viewing, and the chance to ‘get away from it all’…
Nanzhila Plains is a small, intimate 12-bed lodge, offering a choice of accommodation. There are three well-appointed, unobtrusive thatched chalets accommodate six guests. As the chalets are situated along the tree line, you get an unobstructed view of the pool. To make that bush experience more authentic, the chalets are lit with paraffin lamps and hot water comes from donkey boilers. The en suite facilities include a hot and cold shower, toilet and double basins.
There are also three Meru-style safari tents – with separate en suite toilet, double basins and hot-and-cold shower areas for greater privacy and their walk-in structures provide fantastic views of the bush and the pool. They are also lit by paraffin lamps and hot water is provided by donkey boilers.
The spacious main lodge at Nanzhila Plains is a raised, thatched structure (an insaka) with a beautiful teak deck. Elevated above the Nangandwe pool, it comprises a lounge and dining area, bar and veranda. An adjoining communal open-air fireplace is a wonderful gathering place in the evening.
You can also enjoy game-viewing and bird-watching from the cool veranda, shaded by a huge jackalberry tree, which provides an unhindered view of the neighbouring dambo (vlei or wetlands).
Activities at Nanzhila are varied - within the Park enjoy day and night game drives, allowing to explore extensively. 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. Night drives are offered as an extension of an afternoon drive, incorporating a sundowner, or as a stand-alone after-dinner activity.
You might also wish to set out on foot with a seasoned guide – for keen nature lovers, guided walks and bush trails are a must. Many guests also like to take the full-day excursion - depart after breakfast and return at dusk, with a packed lunch and refreshments to keep you going. The guide takes you along the Kasha,
Kanyele, Kaunga and Nkala drainage lines and you 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 introduces 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.
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. You get to 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.