Our game drives take place in the Lunga Luswishi, Kafue National Park and Mushingashi Conservancy. The advantage to the game drives is that one can cover a lot of ground whilst searching for those special sightings. We have good road networks around us which allow a far reach for the drives and covers the diversity of vegetation in our area. Of course, sundowners and coffee stops are mandatory and you just be surprised with a bush breakfast after the drive has finished.
We couldn’t think of a better way to kick off or end your stay at Kafue River Lodge than a gentle boat cruise. At the beginning of the season, this tends to be more focused on birding and botany but as we move further into winter and the river becomes the primary water source, we do start to have better mammal sightings along the banks of the Kafue. Come September / October, we have experienced some great cat sightings and occasional elephant crossings as many animals go there to escape the heat of the day by the cool water under the foliage of the waterberry trees.
The Kafue offers outstanding fishing for a wide variety of bream species, pike and yellowfish. The stretch of river that we offer is considered by many to be one of the finest along the entire Kafue and anglers of all skill levels can have incredible fun targeting the rapids, rocks and flooded timber with lures, spinners and bait for the numerous fish species on offer.
Our walking safaris typically take place in the Lunga Luswishi. After an early breakfast, we depart from the fire pit on a walking safari. Often we have heard the calls of animals during the night, we follow up on those calls whilst engaging our guests on the smaller wonders of the bush. Walking safaris are very educational, a great opportunity for the guests to really immerse themselves in the bush. The walking safaris are less of a forced march, more of a comfortable, enriching stroll through the bush. We have a tea break along the way and either return to the lodge for brunch or have a surprise feast somewhere in the bush.
Sometimes we begin the cycling trips from the lodge. We also do drop off the guests in the park or to locations around the game management area to embark on their trips. There is a beautiful hot water spring that we often visit where the bush is open - a large dambo surrounded by miombo woodland which creates excellent cycle “territory.” We use fat tyre bicycles and they are very comfortable, especially in the more sandy areas. The cycling is a great opportunity for the guests to indulge in a little physical activity and get the blood going - a welcome change from the sometimes sedentary traditional safari approach!
Where else can you sit in ankle deep water on a sandbar in the Kafue River and enjoy a fabulous lunch watching the incredible birdlife? Or what about a bush dinner – arriving after a game drive at a roaring bonfire with tables lit by candles for you to enjoy a delicious 3 course meal paired with a warm smoky red wine and listen to the animals and birds creating the night ambience. They are not just meals – they are memories and Kafue River Lodge loves mixing up the dining experience for guests.