A 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.

Overview of the Extended Classic Kafue Safari

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!

We were so happy with our stay, definitely the highlight of an already great trip. Steve, Cindy and the team made our stay probably the best bush experience we’ve had in Zambia or ever! Game viewing was excellent . Lots of leopard (including 2 in camp!) and lion. We saw 41 mammal species between the 2 camps. “
– Mark Bennet, August 2022

Quick facts about the Extended Classic Kafue

A brief overview of what to expect this package
July – November
8 or 9 nights
3 safari camps
1 National Park
July – November
Safari Walks
Water Activities

3 reasons you should choose this safari package

Highlights from this 9 night Extended Classic Safari include:
A River Based Safari Experience
Land Based Safari Activities
An authentic Bush Experience

Travel Logistics for this safari

 See the travel route for this safari below:

Day 1: Arrival in Zambia

Your safari can begin by road or air charter from either Lusaka OR Livingstone driving into the Kafue.

Day 1- 4: Plains Camp

Assuming you depart from Livingstone, your first 3 nights will be at Nanzhila Plains in the Southern part of the park.

Day 4 - 7:Lake Camp

After 3 nights at Plains Camp, you will be transferred to Nanzhila Lake Camp on the shoreline of Lake Itezhi-tezhi for a 3 night stay at the secluded Lake Camp.

Day 7 - 9/10: Kaingu Safari Lodge

Your final 3 nights are on the Kafue River at Kaingu Safari Lodge enjoying the river based canoeing and game viewing on offer.

Day 9/10: Departure

On your final day, you will be transferred back to Lusaka in time for your departure flight. 

This entire itinerary can be done in reverse order.


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 about Nanzhila Plains Camp

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
Dambo Facing Rooms

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
Land Based Activities

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!


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 about Lake Camp:

Lake Camp chalet views overlooking Hippos in Lake Itezhi-tezhi in the Kafue National Park
Lake Side Accommodation

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

Beautiful setting

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
Wildlife Encounter

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


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 about Kaingu:

River Facing Tents

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.

River Based Safari

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
Water Activities

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.


Rates from: USD 3960 per person (15 May – 15 November)

Pacakge Rate Includes:
Road Transfers:
Livingstone CBD/Airport – Nanzhila Plains Camp,
Nanzhila Plains Camp – Nanzhila Lake Camp,
Nanzhila Lake Camp – Kaingu, Kaingu to Lusaka

@Nanzhila Safaris (6 nights, only charged for 5)
3 nights at Plains Camp and 3 nights at Lake Camp
All meals and local drinks, game drives and bush walks, laundry, park fees and bed levies

@Kaingu Safari Lodge 
3 nights accommodation at Kaingu Safari Lodge
All meals and local drinks, laundry, park fees, game drives, bush walks, canoeing and boat cruises.

Package Rate Excludes: Gratuities, premium drinks and fishing permits if required.

Enquire about Rates & Dates for Nanzhila Safaris

Please use the form below or send an email to: nanzhilasafaris@everwild.travel
*Please note that there is no campsite facility at Nanzhila.

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