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Let's talk Kafue National Park. (Zambia)


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#21 PhilJ

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:17 PM

Hi all, picking up on Kafue threads as a new member- please do fire away with questions if you are interested in the Park. Having been there for the past decade and worked in many different facets of the Park, I hope I am well placed to answer any questions; I also had the opportunity to map the entire Park whilst working with the Zambia Wildlife Authority in compiling their most recent management plan. It is my home, it is my passion, and I am sure there are many many questions out there!



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Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:44 PM

Hi Phil,

It would be interesting to know the main guidelines of the new management plan, in particular in relation to different zoning (if any) of the various areas of Kafue, also from a tourist development perspective.

Has something been provided to encourage that Kafue conserves its wilderness feeling - one of its main assets - and that its character is not jeopardized by excessive infrastructural and tourism development?

Many thanks

Edited by Paolo, 07 February 2013 - 09:46 PM.


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:47 PM

Great question Paolo.

 

Mobile in Kafue.  Any past experiences or plans for the future?


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Posted 08 February 2013 - 03:51 AM

G'day Phil. Fill us in on your CV. Where in Kafue have you worked as a safari guide?


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Posted 09 February 2013 - 10:05 AM

Hi there, thanks for the excellent questions. Paolo, in answering your question; the revised GMP provides focus on the main management issues that have arisen over the past ten years, and covers:

 

- decentralisation of Park management (from Lusaka to KNP)

- implementation of KNP Business Plan of 2008 (successes and failures)

- Development of KNP business centre

- economic future of the Park

- greater community participation in natural resource management

- public-private partnerships and joint management concessions

- increased tourism

- the Park's links with the Kavango-Zambezi TFCA

 

Within these broad issues, the management plan addresses some of the more specific matters including, as you have pointed out, the need for different zoning of the Park. This was provided for in the 1999 management plan, but revised and updated according to the (then 2009/2010) current imperatives of protected area management, biodiversity conservation and tourism with additions for public access, exclusive use, and buffer zones (applying to game management areas). The rationale for zoning of the KNP is based upon the need to make conservation and utilization compatible by undertaking effective management of the Park's resources and providing a wide range of visitor use and experience.

 

These are the zones that have been implemented:

 

-special conservation zone

-wilderness zone

-wild zone

-intensive use zone

-public access zone

-exclusive access zone

-buffer zone

 

Within the management plan there are detailed descriptions of limits of acceptable use etc. providing for the preservation of the wilderness feeling that you describe Paolo, which is very special indeed in the KNP. I hope that goes someway to answering your question, please let me know if you would like any further information.

 

Best wishes

 

Phil


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Posted 09 February 2013 - 10:14 AM

Thanks Phil for this overview.

 

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 10:16 AM

Great question Paolo.

 

Mobile in Kafue.  Any past experiences or plans for the future?

 

Hi! Yes, we have done a couple of mobiles in Kafue, and they have been rewarding. We operate from a fixed location in Northern KNP where we put an emphasis on walking, as such the mobiles we do are on a request basis, where we agree (under license) with the Wildlife Authorities as to where we can use as overnight stops etc. We did a fantastic one late last year where we walked from Busanga to Mukambi Safari Lodge over 3 nights/4 days along the Lufupa and Kafue rivers, covering 130+ km. That was a unique adventure, and not a typical mobile however! We have two 10-day mobiles planned for later this year, one in July and one in October.

 

G'day Phil. Fill us in on your CV. Where in Kafue have you worked as a safari guide?

 

Hi Geoff!

 

Thanks for your interest. I began in the Kafue with Ed Smythe (African Experience), where I spent some time canoeing on the Lunga and also running Busanga Bush Camp; when Wilderness Safaris bought out I remained and spent time assisting with the building and management of their camps, whilst also running their Exploration trips, and for a few seasons managed the environmental department and was responsible for the guide training. 

 

I have also spent time working with ZAWA on a consultative basis, as well as freelancing for other camps/lodges, including KaingU and Mukambi. 

 

Have you been to Kafue before? Do you have connections with the Park?

 

Cheers for now

 

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 10:21 AM

Thanks Phil for your thorough response.

To which type of zone does your Musekese camp (and the Chichele area) belong?

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 10:49 AM

Hi Paolo,

 

Musekese lies in a Wild Zone, as does Chibembe salt pans (which I assume you are referring to?). Permitted development includes:

 

- bush camps

- sign posts/boards

- fly camps (seasonal)

- viewing towers

- camp sites

- hides

- picnic sites

- wildlife outposts

- management/tourist roads

- entry/exit gates

- fire-breaks

- staff houses

- footpaths

- boreholes/wells

 

The limits of acceptable use for the zone are extensive, including restrictions on boat engine sizes, collection of firewood etc. For anyone to develop any of this type of infrastructure, they are required to follow strict procedures, including environmental impact assessments and so on. Once approved by ZAWA and their ecologists, plans have to be certified by the Environmental Council of Zambia too. ZAWA has very strict guidelines pertaining to any of these developments i.e. no toilets within 60m of the riverbank etc. etc. It is comprehensive, and I hope that all lodges/camps in KNP and elsewhere respect these.



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Posted 09 February 2013 - 10:53 AM

Phil, we need your photos in this thread... ;)


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Posted 09 February 2013 - 11:05 AM

Thanks Matt- here's one from the beginning of the rainy season- a barred owlet in a thicket, heavy cloud cover and an impending storm made for the dark atmosphere.

 

 

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It's a little small- guess I better work on photo uploading skills ;)


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Posted 09 February 2013 - 11:10 AM

Thanks Phil.

And yes, I was referring to Chibembe salt pans.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 04:29 AM

Thanks Matt- here's one from the beginning of the rainy season- a barred owlet in a thicket, heavy cloud cover and an impending storm made for the dark atmosphere.

 

 

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It's a little small- guess I better work on photo uploading skills ;)

Just fine with binoculars! ;)  Thanks for the Kafue info!


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Posted 10 February 2013 - 04:44 AM

Yes, thanks for the very interesting info, Phil.

Would I be correct in assuming that the difference between a wild zone and a wilderness zone is that the latter allows for no structures at all?

Do you have dates on your movie release yet? Also, could a similarish walk be organized for 2 people over a 10 day period with a fully supported fly camp? And if so, would it cost a fortune?

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 10:06 AM

Hi Sangeeta,

 

You are almost spot on, however a wilderness zone does allow limited use; their purpose is "to conserve large tracts of the Park providing an undisturbed environment for tourists to experience pristine wilderness and for research and management teams to conduct their research and monitoring activities". In this regard temporary fly camps are permitted but no permanent structures, and you are limited to non-motorized activities i.e. walking and canoeing. This zone makes up about 60% of the Park, which is great!

 

The BBC Earth production that we supported, 'Enchanted Kingdom 3D', is due to be released later this year but don't know when exactly! Can't wait to see it! Hopefully we'll make the behind the scenes ;) 

 

It would be possible to organize a fully supported fly camp for ten days for two people, however the reality is it would be very costly, as would be effectively sealing off a potential 40 bednights (4 pax, 10 nights). A group of six would be much more affordable on a per person basis.

 

Hope that answers your questions!

 

Best

 

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 10:57 PM

Thanks, Phil. I'll be PMing you about this. Thanks for all the info on Kafue.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:47 AM

You are most welcome, look forward to hearing from you.



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Posted 16 January 2015 - 03:29 PM

Interesting news for safari goers contemplating the Kafue:  
 
(cut and paste from Proflight Zambia)  
 
Proflight Press Release 8th September 2014
Proflight Zambia will begin flying to Kafue National Park next year, adding a tenth
domestic destination to its schedule and opening up the area to tourism.
The new addition to the airline’s route network will provide a fast and reliable way for
domestic and international tourists to enjoy the world-class safari and wilderness
experiences of the park.
Proflight Director of Government and Industry Affairs Captain Philip Lemba said:
“September is Tourism Month, so when better to announce Proflight’s forthcoming
schedule to Kafue National Park?
The park is a diamond in the rough; a place where serious safari lovers can have an
authentic wildlife experience. This fantastic addition to our schedule reaffirms Proflight
Zambia’s role in promoting and facilitating Zambian tourism.”
Proflight will begin operating flights during the dry season, when accessibility and wildlife
viewing is at an annual peak, from July 1 to October 31, 2015.If successful it will look at
more frequency and a longer season in 2016.Flights will operate on Mondays,
Wednesdays and Saturdays to Chunga. The Lusaka – Chunga flight will leave Lusaka
at 11:30, reaching Chunga at 12:45. The Chunga – Lusaka flight will leave at 13:05 and
arrive in Lusaka at 14:20. This schedule is designed to facilitate numerous connections
including international outbound connections with Emirates and South African Airways;
domestic outbound connections with Lower Zambezi and Livingstone (Mfuwe for
July/August only); and domestic inbound connections with Mfuwe and Lower Zambezi (all
days) and Livingstone on Saturdays.
In recognition of the size and diversity of the area, Proflight will – on request – operate to
Busanga (Plains strip) or Lufupa airstrip, as well as Chunga.
Kafue National Park was first established as a National Park in the 1950′s by legendary
conservationist Norman Carr. At over 22,000 square kilometres, Kafue is the largest
national park in Zambia and among the largest national parks in Africa.
Kafue has diverse terrain and holds an enormous range of wildlife. Itis the best place in
Zambia in which to see the elusive cheetah. The Busanga Plains in the north of the park is
a prime area for big game, where hosts of animals come to forage and hunt. Visitors to
Lufupa can get an entirely different experience in its beautiful remoteness, and rarely
leave without having seen a leopard.
Historically the park has received fewer visitors than other Zambian national parks.
Although it is the size of the world-famous Kruger, it is home to fewer safari operators
and lodges, allowing visitors to enjoy the environment in an exclusive way. Due to a
recent increase in interest in the hidden gem, there has been an improvement in
infrastructure including well-graded airstrips and an upgrade in the choice of lodges and
accommodation.
The airline, which celebrates 23 years of operation this year flies from its base in Lusaka
to Livingstone, Ndola, Kasama, Chipata, Mansa, Mfuwe, Solwezi and Lower Zambezi, as
well as to Lilongwe in Malawi.

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 05:30 PM

Is off roading allowed in Kafue?



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Posted 02 February 2015 - 05:59 PM

I stand to be corrected @SSF556 but it's a national park so I don't think so.  







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