A Bird's View of Kafue in the Wet Season

May 3, 2016 Trip Reviews
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"Kafue National Park is a vast, immensely beautiful, largely under-appreciated and utterly irreplaceable wilderness that deserves enormous support from the global conservation community. It is severely under-resourced and an extremely challenging environment in which to work. The people who have dedicated their lives to protecting the park and its wildlife, and making it accessible for the enjoyment of others, deserve the highest praise” – Neil Midlane, Kafue Lion Project Researcher

Earlier this year, a few of our Wilderness Air pilots flew over Kafue National Park to see what the landscape looked like during this year’s rainy season…

The pictures, as you will see below, provide an incredible view of the Busanga Plains and the wildlife that continue to survive, very successfully we might add, in this waterlogged environment.

Our Zambian Camps in the park – Busanga Bush Camp and Shumba Camp are only open in the dry season for five months of the year – the area is otherwise inaccessible during summer due to high rainfall and flooding.

Once the dry season arrives and the camps open in June, visitors to the Plains get to experience the magnificence of the area and its wildlife while in the company of highly experienced guides. Click here to read our interview with father and son guides – Idos and Newton on their highlights of working in Kafue.

We cannot wait to see what this year’s season has in store for us. Besides picking up on the drama that was playing out between the Musanza Boys and Mr B (at the end of the season last year he appeared to have been driven out of his territory by these new pretenders to this throne), will Princess – the Papyrus Pride’s only cub – have survived the wet season and will we find The Machine, the pride’s most effective huntress, and her cubs (she was heavily pregnant when we last saw her)? Both Busanga and Shumba open on 1 June to close again on 31 October 2016.

Please note: the below photographs of Kafue National Park and Shumba Camp were taken through the window of an aircraft and therefore only offer a small representation of the actual beauty that awaits!

 

"My dream for Kafue is that the area will one day be recognised in the same way as the Okavango Delta. Like the Delta, this place looks like heaven. When it comes to watching an animal hunting, Kafue’s open plains mean that you can watch the action from start to finish without trees or tall grasses obscuring your view" -Newton Mulenga, Wilderness Safaris Guide.

"If you were to ask me why I would encourage someone to visit, I would say first and foremost, that Kafue’s strongest pull factor is its remote location. Kafue is special, it’s not like the Serengeti where you and 100 other cars are at a sighting. Here it’s just you and the wilderness" - Idos Mulenga, Wilderness Safaris Guide

Photographs courtesy of Wilderness Air.

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By Kate Collins

Kate grew up exploring the bushveld on her family rose farm, living among Nguni cattle, geese, warthogs, ostriches and horses. After completing an Honours degree at the University of Cape Town, Kate began working at Wild magazine as a journalist and as the Digital Editor of the Wild Card website. Kate has travelled to destinations throughout southern Africa, enjoying the many rich offerings of our country. Her work at Wild magazine helped secure her next move to Londolozi Game Reserve where she worked in their Creative team managing online communications and assisting guests with their wildlife photography. Kate now lives in Johannesburg and is proud to be a part of Wilderness Safaris in her role as copywriter. “I am very excited to work for a company that makes such a huge difference to people’s lives and to the wild places throughout our incredibly beautiful and diverse continent.”

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