Musekese is a small, atmospheric camp on the Kafue River, overlooking a permanent water-fed lagoon (known locally as a dambo), with prolific wildlife in direct view. It makes a fantastic base for exploring the Kafue.
Taking its name from the local Kaonde name for the area's most ubiquitous tree, the monkey-bread tree, this lovely intimate camp is surrounded by the sounds of the bush: leopard coughing at night, hippo snorting, and the eerie call of the scops owl.
Four simple but well-appointed chalets are constructed from wood and thatch, complete with comfortable beds, high-quality linen and locally-sourced wooden furniture. All enjoy views of the dambo in front, and have an enclosed en suite bathroom with running water, a flushing loo and bucket shower. Water is heated on a fire and brought when required; lighting is by solar lamp.
The main boma is a large area with a unique thatched roof that incorporates a large jackalberry tree and provides shade in the heat of the day. The two-tier deck overlooking the dambo, where wildlife comes to visit, is perfect for dining out under the stars near a warming campfire around which you can discuss the day's events and plans for the morrow. Experienced staff are on hand to do everything for you, and the talented bush chef prepares wholesome meals, accompanied by good wine and cold beer.
Activities include walking safaris in the wilderness area around the camp, boat excursions on the river, the use of a photographic hide strategically situated on the riverbank, and game drives. There is an extensive network of loop trails on the south side of the Kafue river, with fantastic wildlife and a resident lion. A new fly camp at Ntemwa-Busanga allows for one or more nights in the bush to complete the experience.
Musekese lies just 45 minutes by boat from Lufupa airstrip at the heart of Kafue National Park.
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This journey takes in some of Africa’s finest wilderness: Kafue is one of Zambia’s best kept secrets and it is home to an incredibly diverse range of wildlife, and Hwange National Park in neighbouring Zimbabwe teems with impressive fauna and flora. The mesmerising Victoria Falls provide a suitable end to this stunning trip.
When to go: Jun-Oct
Duration inc. flights: 11 days
Price inc. flights: From £5,695 pp
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Kafue is one of the world’s largest National Parks. It’s has a rich variety of wildlife and a profusion of game who are attracted by the diverse habitats, which range from woodland opening onto wide, grassy dambos. The vast, rolling Busanga Plain, fed by the Lufupa River, attracts large herds of red lechwe and buffalo.
Where: North Western Province
Ideal for viewing: Cape buffalo, defassa waterbuck, lion, red lechwe, sable
Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, River safaris