8 NIGHTS / 1 JULY – 15 NOVEMBER 2020


An 8 night safari that explores the plains of the Southern section of the Kafue from Nanzhila Plains Camp, the incredible game rich shorelines of Lake Itezhi-tezhi from Nanzhila Lake Camp and then the stunning Kafue River experience so perfectly delivered by Kaingu Safari Lodge.

ext. classic kafue: safari overview

This safari allows you to experience 3 of the most complimentary camps and regions of the Southern and central parts of Kafue National Park in Zambia. Beginning in Livingstone and ending in Lusaka (or vice versa), the Extended Classic Kafue Safari offers the wide open spaces and game drive/safari walk focus of Nanzhila Plains Camp with the stunning game rich shorelines of Lake Itezhi-tezhi from Nanzhila Lake Camp. These 2 areas are then complimented by the beautiful river side location and river activities of Kaingu Safari Lodge. This gives you both land and water based activities and a myriad of different wildlife and birding species to discover – it really is the best of both worlds!


1 July – 15 November


8 nights


3 venues


2 – 6 people

EXT. Classic kafue safari route

*1. Livingstone  – 2. Dumdumwezi Gate – 3. Plains Camp – 4. Lake Camp – 5. Kaingu River Lodge – 6. Lusaka

*PLEASE NOTE: This package can be booked in the reverse order as well

day 1 – 4: 3 nights


The closest big game safari camp to Livingstone and Victoria Falls which retains a wonderful sense of wilderness and isolation.

The Extended Classic Kafue begins in Livingstone with a 3 hour road transfer to Dundumwezi Gate where you will be met by the Nanzhila Plains safari team. Enjoy a game drive into camp and settle into the beautiful rooms with views over the dambo to enjoy a 3 night stay.

what you will love:

guests at nanzhila plains camp - safari lodge accommodation in the kafue national park
owner run experience

Your hosts at Nanzhila are the owners – Steve and Cindy Smith – which means you are assured of faultless attention to detail and hours of stories around the fire about life in the bush!

safari chalet interior - kafue national park

The chalets or safari tents all have beautiful views over the dambo and the gauzed windows allow all the wonderful sounds of the African night to reach you clearly!

On safari in the Kafue National Park

Game drives and safari walks around Nanzhila are bound to reveal a wide variety of wildlife and bird species including 4 out of the Big 5!

day 6 – 6: 2 nights


A tented camp with  spectacular shoreline views overlooking the Musa River and Lake Itezhi-tezhi where a variety of wildlife species gather including the mega-herbivores.

After breakfast, we leave Nanzhila Plains and head through the Ngoma Forest towards Lake Itezhi-tezhi (there is also the option of stopping to visit the Elephant Orphanage) before arriving at the lake shoreline and Nanzhila Lake Camp. This camp is  situated overlooking the shorelines and floodplains formed where the Musa River enters Lake Itezhi-tezhi. It’s the perfect destination for big game viewing, bird watching and photographic opportunities as you have wide open views in front of the camp and consistent congregations of wildlife. 

what you will love:

Lake Camp chalet views overlooking Hippos in Lake Itezhi-tezhi in the Kafue National Park
tented safari camp

 Comfortable beds with mosquito nets are complimented by a large en-suite bathroom and vanity area and expansive covered verandah for midday game viewing.

river adventures

The tented chalets are all situated along the tree line, giving guests an unobstructed view of the floodplain and shoreline ahead which has a constant flow of wildlife.

Hippos in Lake Itezhi-tezhi in the Kafue National Park

Don’t be surprised to hear buck crunching twigs underfoot, or the ripping sound of branches as elephant     vs strip the trees close by.

day 6 – 6: 2 nights


A serene lodge on the banks of the Kafue River

After breakfast, we will leave Lake Camp to meet the team from Kaingu. Kaingu is magnificently situated in the riparian woodland on the banks of the Kafue River with stunning views. African finfoot, hippo and a wide variety of birdlife are on constant display and river based boat cruises and canoeing is a must on this portion of the Kafue River. Kaingu also conducts game drives in a stunning section of the Kafue National Park.

what you will love:


The riverside accommodation at Kaingu is stunning with constant bird activity and the honking of hippos in the background. These well appointed safari tents are beautiful, comfortable and perfectly positioned.


As Kaingu is river-based, it offers a number of bird and wildlife species that are not found in Nanzhila so the combination of the 2 camps really gives you the full Kafue Safari feel!

views of the kafue river - kafue national park

The section of the Kafue River around Kaingu is stunning and the boat cruises and canoe trips are an absolute must. The variety of river activities form a great complement to the other more traditional safari activities on offer.

Total Cost: From USD 3345 pps all inclusive

INCLUDES:  Road Transfers: Livingstone CBD/Airport to Nanzhila Plains Camp, Nanzhila Plains Camp to Nanzhila Lake Camp, Nanzhila Lake Camp to Kaingu, Kaingu to Lusaka | Nanzhila Safaris: 5 nights accommodation (only charged for 4), all meals and local drinks, game drives and bush walks, laundry, park fees and bed levies | Kaingu: 3 nights accommodation, all meals and local drinks, laundry, park fees, game drives, bush walks, canoeing and boat cruises.

EXCLUDES: Gratuities, Items of a personal nature, premium drinks and fishing permits if requiredVISA Fees, 


Browse our other safari packages on offer:

Extended Classic Kafue Safari

8 nights  ~ Plains Camp ~ Lake Camp ~ Kaingu Safari Lodge

Classic Kafue Safari

6 nights  ~ Plains Camp  / or Lake Camp ~ Kaingu Safari Lodge

Zim Zam Explorer Safari

11 nights  ~ Plains Camp ~ Bumbusi Wilderness Camp  ~ Vic Falls

3 ways to combine the Southern Kafue with Victoria Falls

Whether you are an 'adrenalin junkie' or looking for a peacful river experience after your time in the Kafue - we have outlined 3 fantastic options for you in this brochure "3 ways to combine the Southern Kafue with Vic Falls".

Nanzhila Safaris is a proud member of the Hidden Gems Destination Portfolio. Read more about the portfolio here: hiddengemsportfolio.com


Alison: 0027 79 979 9681 (7:00 - 19:00)
Email: res@nanzhila.com
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Steve and Cindy Smith :+260 963 006 202




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