Throughout this huge park (it's bigger than Wales!) there are some fantastic independently owned properties that offer outstanding safari experiences. The remoteness makes it feel like you have the park to yourself and is ideal for safari connoisseurs, who are less driven by box-ticking, although the game viewing can now be very good.
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MUKAMBI SAFARI LODGE
Following significant upgrades this lodge deserves further consideration, especially the well furnished family villa . Their wildlife sightings book gets better and better, both from game drives and river cruises (which are a speciality) although the resident hippo (yes, really) often steals the show.
MUKAMBI PLAINS CAMP
For clients who want to visit the game-rich Busanga Plains and don't want to pay Wilderness prices - there's Mukambi Plains Camp (which compares very well luxury-wise with "BBC"). In Busanga, East Africa meets Southern Africa, with plains game, including Kafue Lechwe and lions covering these luscious plains.
When a BA purser adds her service standards to the genuine warmth and guiding skills of a native Zambian guide, you have the makings of a great camp. That's exactly what's happened here, at this delightfully rustic, simple, yet delicious little camp on the banks of the Kafue. Great game, even better hospitality. Send clients now!
Purchased by Honorary Park Guide, Jacques Collins in 2009, Leopard Lodge has been lovingly upgraded and refurbished for 2011. Now totally solar powered, it is located on the banks of the Kafue River and offers numerous land and water based activities including walking safaris with the legendary Chris McBride.
Located on the shoreline of Lake Itzhy-Tezhy, outstanding guide Chris Cooke's camp is being upgraded with the aid of new Italian investors, which will see the camp move to 4* status. With such a variety of environments and a surprisingly game rich area, Chris's guiding skills ensure clients will have a superb experience at the camp.
NANZHILA PLAINS CAMP
This is a delightful, isolated camp, deep within Kafue's most southerly plains. The wildlife here is far less numerous but often more diverse than many areas in Africa. The true appeal is in its wilderness feel, although almost guaranteed sightings of the endemic Black-Cheeked Lovebird make it a mecca for birders.
For more information about all these camps - including details of a fam trip in September 2011 - contact us on +44 (0)115 937 7475 or firstname.lastname@example.org