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  1. Kafue is wild. Kafue is beautiful. Kafue is diverse. Kafue is a birder´s paradise. And Kafue is harsh. Difficult. Uncomfortable. And unwilling to easily reveal its many treasures. We had discussed Kafue with @Doug Macdonald on our last trip to Mana Pools, and his enthusiasm for this rarely visited, huge national park convinced us that we had to see it, and that we wanted to see it "properly". @Atravelynn had had similar talks with Doug and had come to the same conclusion, and so it was a logical thing that we would team up for this again. To our delight @Kitsafari also decided to join up, and so we were a very Safaritalky ensemble since we decided to have Doug along as well as a private guide. This was our itinerary, from Oct 3d/4th to Oct 16th: 1 nt Pioneer Camp, Lusaka (2 nts for Kit) 3 nts Konkamoya Lodge, at the Southern shore of Lake Itezhi Tezhi (about 7 hours from Pioneer) 3 nts Musekese Camp, Northern sector (about five hours from Konkamoya) 3 nts Ntemwa-Busanga Camp (Musekese mobile), Busanga Plains (about four hours from Musekese) 1 nt Musekese Camp, Northern sector 1 nt Pioneer Camp (only Michael and @AndMic) ( @wilddog I hope it´s ok to include this map? If not here´s the link: So let´s gonna find out how it was for us. Not always easy, I will admit that. But in the end, so much worth it.
  2. I thought by tagging my recent trip report it would appear in both forums but it only appears in the South African Forum. Here's the link to the report which includes half the time spent in Zambia. I sure hope to be back!
  3. It is five years since I was last in the Kafue This year I planned to return to the Northern Sector of Kafue National park. I travelled with a small group arranged by Busanga Safaris. Tony McKeith of Busanga is my 'go to guy' for Zambia. Itinerary 19th October Pioneer Camp Lusaka 20th -22nd October Kaingu Lodge Kafue 22nd to 25th October The Plains Camp Kafue 25th to 28th October Musekese Camp Kafue Dubai at Dawn I flew in to Lusaka from the UK with Emirates and arrived mid afternoon. I was collected at the airport and taken by private transfer to Pioneer Camp (only a short hop from the airport - traffic permitting). Pioneer is an ideal spot to spend the night on arrival. It is very 'bush' like with well appointed chalets with open views and a main boma area for drinks and meals. It helps ease you into the feel of the bush in preparation for the safari ahead. I got myself settled in and then joined Tony and the others at the Boma for a drink and a meal. My travelling companions were 2 other women whom I had not met before. Over time as we got to know each other with the result that not only did we have a good safari but had a lot of fun and laughter along the way. After dinner and a restful night at Pioneer Camp we had an early breakfast and set off by road for Kaingu. Our transfer to Kafue NP was provide by Pioneer Camp. The familiar drive out of Lusaka is always interesting, seeing the bustling motor parts businesses and general market areas followed by increasingly rural areas and small towns and markets. We had one stop off (toilet break) at a community run shop,/cafe en route where we also purchased a few crisps and sweets. As we got closer the park boundaries, I learnt that during the intervening years since I last visited the GMA east of Kafue and south of the main road had been taken over by a series of settlements. The people who moved there had turned the area into an agricultural zone, growing crops in the dambos and chopping down trees for fuel. However these settlers had later been moved out again and the land was now returning to wilderness. Once in the park we rendezvoused with a safari vehicle from Kaingu. Our driver was Kaley and he would be guiding us during our stay at Kaingu. On the drive south we saw some wildlife duiker, hartebeest, and lots of very pregnant impala. To get to the camp our safari vehicle was parked up opposite the camp and a short boat ride across the Kafue took us to the camp. On arrival at camp we were met by Linda who made us very welcome and we sat down to a very welcome brunch by the river. Rik would join us later in the day and we would met Gil and Julia the following day as they were visiting the Busanga Plains when we arrived. The main boma area is open plan bar lounge with a walkway leading to the dining area which overlooks the river. To the side of this area is the boat dock. My accommodation was rather palatial as I was given the Finfoot family house....just for me! I assume the other tented chalets were in use. Finfoot comprises 2 bedrooms, a double and twin either side of a central lounge area with a kitchenette. The lounge opens on to large terrace overlooking the river with a table, comfortable chairs and a couple, of hammock seats.
  4. For anyone interested in a safari to the Kafue National Park in Zambia check out our new video which should hopefully give those of you who have always wondered what it might actually look or feel like a glimpse in to what is on offer in this truly wild, truly world class wildlife destination... We still have space have space for the 2016 season (although September/October is all but full) and as such if you need a little nudge to get away on safari this year and are looking for something a little different to the 'norm' then feel free to contact me for more information and for special offers... With warm regards from the Kafue! Tyrone McKeith +26 0974173403 tyrone.mckeith (skype)
  5. During the course of the last safari season my colleague Phil and I compiled some aerial footage of the Kafue National Park, mostly concentrated around our camp Musekese. I finally got around to editing the footage and have put it on Youtube. I wanted to let the ST forum know as I hope it excites people and gives you an insight into the Kafue and the amount of water and colour the park has in the 'early' season (May and June). Enjoy!
  6. This once in a lifetime sighting happened towards the end of last season. I had award winning film maker Mirra Bank and her husband with me, guiding them for a week from Musekese Camp. They were busy filming this remarkable sighting on their film cameras whilst I managed to keep steady enough to shoot a few shots with my stills camera (all be it with a 200m lens, hence the grainy crop factor of the images). The story and background to this sighting as follows: It was whilst on an afternoon drive from Musekese Camp, Jeffery & McKeith Safaris in north central Kafue National Park, Zambia that we witnessed the most unexpected and as far a we know, as yet photographically un-documented, sighting ever… We had just had the first brief rain storm of the season and the wildlife was noticeably excited and full of energy, with young animals running around merrily and the migratory birds in their hundreds picking off the newly hatching ants and termites. As we rounded a bend in a very attractive stretch of miombo woodland our guide Tyrone heard the frantic alarm calls of a herd of impala. Putting his binoculars to his eyes he shouted almost immediately, let’s go! As we moved further along the track to get a better look at what the commotion was all about he was explaining that he had seen a grey shape tussling with what looked to be an young impala, Tyrone assumed it was a baboon snatching an easy kill (as sometimes happens at this time of year of plenty). What we found however was absolutely not a baboon, but a lone, single warthog acting rather franticly, but what was it doing exactly? The other guests in the vehicle were asked to use their camcorders to record this moment, which they did. We sat and watched as a still very much alive and kicking young impala was set upon, attacked and gored to death by the warthog. In what seemed to be a frantic rage the warthog would tusk and stab and throw the kicking body of the impala around the woodland, all the time the mother of the baby was alarm calling and frantically running to and fro in an attempt to distract the killer warthog. It was so very strange to watch this unfold, it was a typical scene and setting, one that you might expect to find from a 'typical’ predator. Tyrone explained that it was not wholly uncommon to find warthog (and a number of other unexpected species) feeding on carcasses or carrion, especially at this time of year (the end of the dry season, when wildlife is a little more stressed and certain minerals and salts may not be so ready available in the bush). But to witness a warthog actively catch, kill and consume a baby impala was something that was very hard to explain away. One wonders how often this may actually happen but we simply do not see it? We did feel sorry for the impala mother however as who needs enemies when you’ve got friends like the warthog! Larger than Kruger, Kafue National Park is the largest National Park in Zambia as well as being relatively unknown and unexplored. It is one of the last real wilderness areas left in Africa, home to vital global carnivore population including wild dog, lion, leopard and cheetah as well as one of Southern Africa’s most important elephant populations.
  7. Preamble Once again, I seem to find myself following a TR that visited the same Country, Park & Camp as I’m about to describe – hopefully you’ll stay with me and, as I’ve deliberately not followed @@douglaswise ’s posts (yet, I'll have to start catching up), I hope it’s not too “samey” although if he’s kept to his promise that there wouldn’t be any photos then there will at least be some pretty pictures here to keep you interested! This trip came about as we were looking for another trip “away from the crowds”, which would allow us to do some walking and, above all, give us a lot of flexibility to decide what to do at short notice. Armed with this brief we found ourselves at the London Destinations travel show taking to Tyrone McKeith (@KafueTyrone) and his dad Tony who runs Busanga Safaris here in the UK. After a long discussion & bouncing emails back & forward with Tyrone we finally booked up (through Tony) for the following: 28 – 29th Sept: Emirates LHR to Lusaka via Dubai 29th Sept: Pioneer Camp, Lusaka 29th Sept – 1st Oct: Musekese Camp, Kafue 1st – 5th Oct: Musakese mobile camp, Kafue 5th – 8th Oct: Musekese Camp, Kafue 8th – 9th Oct: Emirates Lusaka to LHR via Dubai. Our flight out from Dubai to Lusaka wasn’t the best Emirates flight we’ve had as the boarding arrangements were somewhat chaotic and disjointed, the aircraft was not docked at an air-bridge and we had a long “unguided tour” of the airport until we eventually arrived at the aircraft. Take-off itself was delayed for ~1hr., for reasons that were never really explained & the aircraft itself was a very “rattley” A340 with many alarming “crashes & bangs” on take-off, including one from the toilet near our seats as something quite large “fell off” which blocked the door for some considerable time until one of the cabin crew managed to get in. Then the entertainment system (which was the old fixed schedule type) failed completely, midway through the flight, so it was back to the iPod until we landed, still ~1hr late. With no air-bridge at KKIA, it was nice to be back in Africa again and breath in the late afternoon air (albeit aviation fuel laced) on the walk to the terminal. Once through immigration our driver from Pioneer was waiting for us to take us the short hop over to Pioneer Camp where we were very pleasantly surprised to see Tyrone waiting for us, together with his girlfriend Alex. The afternoon was getting on by this stage so we arranged to meet a little later at the bar and headed to our very nice chalet to freshen up (Toilet to the left, shower & wash basins to the right) Back at the bar, a cold Moshi was the order of the day and Tyrone explained that we had two choices for the morning: get up early, take a packed breakfast & try to beat the traffic or lie-in, have breakfast at Pioneer & wait until later to leave. Option 1 would get us to camp by late morning, option 2 might mean not getting to camp until mid-late afternoon. Option 1 agreed, we enjoyed a very nice steak before turning in. There wasn’t much chance to look around before it got dark but what we could see fitted very well with other ST descriptions, everyone was very friendly and our steaks were excellent – we’d certainly stay at Pioneer again. It was soon morning and we were quickly on the road, dropping Alex off at a deserted shopping mall en-route and we cleared the central Lusaka traffic without much of a hold-up. There’s not a lot to say about the M9 heading west but one hand written sign offering the intriguing combination of Hair Dressing & Car Wash caught my attention – would this be a husband & wife team or do you get your hair power washed? The M9 runs through the park so once we’d passed the park boundary checkpoint our attention picked up again and it wasn’t long after we turned off onto the dirt road towards camp that Tyrone shouted “sable” They weren’t very co-operative but sable were one of my hope-to-see’s so it was a great start to our time in Kafue and we hadn’t even made it to camp yet!

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