Nanzhila Safari Camp - Rates from USD 350

Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp is a new development located on the site of the old Nanzhila Rest Camp built in the late 1950's, in the remote and seldom visited southern sector of Kafue National Park. The area is best known for its lush woodlands of Miombo, Zambezi Teak and Mopane, the beautiful plains and the stream that runs through it, after which our lodge is named. Nanzhila Plains offers excellent opportunities to see the healthy populations of a number of antelope species including Roan and Sable, Reedbuck, Defassa Waterbuck, Oribi, Hartebeest and Eland as well as all the major carnivores, with a particularly strong population of Wild Dog and Cheetah. The birdlife is phenomenal throughout the year, and sightings can almost be guaranteed of the endemic Black-cheeked Lovebird, the Wattled Crane, Ground Hornbill and Saddle-billed Stork amongst others.

Main Lodge
The raised, thatched Boma is situated under the shade of a huge Jackelberry Tree (African Ebony). It houses the lounge and dining area, bar and verandah, with a stunning and elevated view of the dambo, whilst on the adjoining Kjope we have positioned our communal open-air fire place which is the focal point of the evening activities where guests can enjoy a warm fire, a cold drink, good fellowship and the sounds of the African night.

Thatched Cottages
Currently the lodge is able to accommodate up to 6 guests in 3 well appointed thatched cottages. Built to make the most of the tranquil surroundings, they have been built to blend discreetly into the undergrowth without compromising the magnificent views in front of the lodge. The cottages are spacious, have en-suite facilities of hot shower and toilet and have been tastefully decorated and provide everything one needs for comfort and peace without compromising on the sense of being close to nature.

Safari Tents
We have 3 en-suite safari tents that can accommodate up to 6 people.
We do offer a camp site facility for those adventurous souls who would prefer to rough-it. There are three campsites; each is able to take 2 vehicles and they are located approximately 500 metres away from the lodge under the tree canopy overlooking the dambo. The campsites are purposely rustic and the only facilities are bucket showers and bush toilets. Firewood and water are supplied and a member of staff is on hand to assist with getting your fire started and making hot water for your shower.

-  Twice daily game drives in our custom developed open 4-wheeldrive vehicles accompanied by our licensed and professional guides in the company of an armed ZAWA scout.
-   Guided walks - birding, bush trails, etc...
-   Visits to Lake Itezhi-Tezhi and cultural visit to Shezongo village (by special arrangement)
-   Night drives

At Nanzhila Plains we try and accommodate all our client's wishes and as such do not have a fixed daily routine. If our client simply wishes to relax at camp and enjoy the lodge's hospitality, or want to spend as much time as possible exploring the area and its wildlife, then so be it. This is what we call the 'Nanzhila Experience': you govern the pace of your holiday, not us! If you are not fussed however and “go with the flow” a typical daily itinerary would be as follows.
05.30                Wake-Up Call
05.45 - 06.15     Coffee, Tea and Rusks in the Boma
06.15 - 09.30     Game Drive or Morning Walk
09.45                Full Breakfast
10.30 - 13.30     Rest and relaxation
13.30                Lunch - light and cold
14.00 - 15.30     Relax on the deck or take a siesta
15.30                Tea in the Boma
15.45 - 19.00     Game Drive or Afternoon Walk
20.00                Dinner
21.00                Night Drive with spotlight 

Special requirements
Every effort will be made to ensure that special requirements are met. We would however request that such requirements are advised at the time of booking.

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Price Range and Payments PRICE RANGE USD 350 PPPN

2010 Rack rate – Rack rate USD350.00 per person per night sharing.
Children under 12 years old USD190 per child per night sharing.

Transfers between Ngoma Air-strip and the lodge have been included in our lodge rate as detailed above. We also provide a road transfer option between Livingstone or Lusaka and the lodge on request and the rates are as follows:
Lusaka to the lodge: USD 600.00 per one way trip – the transit time being between 6-8 hours.
Livingstone to the lodge: USD 400 per one way trip – the transit time being 4-5 hours.

No scheduled services exist into the Kafue National Park. However a number of companies offer air charter services out of Lusaka and Livingstone into Ngoma Air-strip and rates are available on request.

2010 rate: USD 15.00 per person per night
This rate excludes ZAWA Park entry fees which comprise a daily vehicle fee, a daily entry fee and a daily camping levy which are paid on entry at the park gate. Please note that camp management are under instruction to ensure that these fees have been collected by ZAWA and will request you to produce the receipt on arrival. Meals and activities are available to campers by special request.

Each Enquiry will be responded to with an offer or a decline message. An offer which has been accepted by the traveler will be printable, together with the payment instruction. Please, make sure a booking confirmation is always received after payments are fully made.
Services Included in the Price INCLUDED
Transfers between Ngoma Air-strip and the lodge, accommodation and full board, house wines, local drinks, teas, coffees and snacks, National Park entry fees, daily activities including game drives and bush walks with optional extra activities including day trips to the Ngoma Forest and lake Itezhi-Tezhi, cultural trips to Shezongo Village and night drives.

Air transfers between Lusaka and Livingstone and Ngoma Air-strip, road transfers between Lusaka and Livingstone and the lodge, imported wines and spirits, international travel and medical insurance, visa’s and airport taxes.
How to get to us. BY ROAD FROM LUSAKA
Take the Great West Road out of Lusaka to Mongu. Pass through Mumbwa, and 215 kms from Lusaka take the Murram road left to Lake Iteshi-Teshi, 115 kms due south. Be prepared for a slow drive, as this previously tarred surface has broken up and is badly potholed. Continue through the town of Lake Itesh-Teshi and follow the signs to Musa Gate and to the Park Headquarters at Ngoma, approximately 22kms from Musa Gate. Once through Ngoma, follow the Cordon Road south past the gravel airstrip of Ngoma which will appear on your right, and take the first turning left for a further 35kms to the deserted camp site of Kalenji Scout Camp - turn right at Kalenji and keep the Nanzhila River on your left – follow the signs to Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp, approximately 15 kms from Kalenji.

Head due north on the Lusaka Main Road: at Kalomo, 120 kms from Livingstone, turn left at the Kalomo Hotel – follow the road through the village market, over the railway bridge and bear left at the District Administrators House, now a National Monument, and follow the road for a further 70kms to Dundumwedzi Gate – sections of this road are in very poor condition, so 4x4 driving might be necessary. After the gate, which is now the Kafue National Park, follow the track for a 3km distance to a fork in the road – in the dry weather you may take go straight, which will take you up the eastern side of the Nanzhila River, but do NOT take this road if its wet! If you are in any doubt, take the left turn and follow the Cordon Road for a further 65 kms in a northerly direction and turn right at the Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp sign.

From Livingstone or Lusaka, guests may charter into Ngoma Airstrip – it is recommended that you contact us to book charters and arrange collection from the Airstrip. Should you visit us by air, it’s a 2 hour game drive back to camp… add this to the experience!
The Kafue National Park is a malarial area; before you leave on safari please contact your local medical doctor for the correct Prophylaxis. Ensure that you complete the course, which may extend well after you arrive back home, and should you feel any odd symptoms, consult your doctor and advise him that you have been in a malarial area. Although Zambia does not require any inoculations prior to entry, precaution is recommended against tetanus and hepatitis. Should you pass through a cholera zone on your journey to Zambia, you will be required to be in possession of a valid Immunization Certificate. It is very important that you consult with your doctor prior to departure to obtain accurate and up-to-date advice on health requirements and take the necessary precautions. Comprehensive travel, medical and repatriation insurance is strongly recommended.

The local currency is the Zambian Kwacha, which together with travellers cheques, US dollars and pounds sterling is accepted at the lodge. Credit cards are regrettably not accepted at this time. US Dollars, Sterling and Euros are readily exchanged at banks and Forex Bureaux. Please avoid changing money on the streets; it is illegal and you are likely to be ripped-off. Please note that the older US Dollars with the 'small heads' cannot be exchanged in Zambia. Make sure you bring the newer, 'larger headed' notes.

Although not expected tips are always appreciably and enthusiastically received. Our lodge policy is that should a guest decide to tip the staff, that the tip be placed in a “tip box”, positioned in the lodge. At the end of every month it is equally shared amongst the local staff. Should you decide to tip we recommend you do not exceed an amount of US$10.00 per person per night.

In order to maintain the tranquility of the lodge and its surroundings the use of generators is kept to an absolute minimum. Lighting is provided predominantly by paraffin lamps, hot water by gas geysers, and refrigeration by gas and paraffin. No facilities exist for hairdryers. The charging of camera batteries and laptops can be arranged. We have solar power system installed.

A satellite telephone is available, although only in the case of emergencies, at a cost of US$5.00 per minute (minimum $20.00).

As you will, more than likely, be travelling around Zambia in small charter aircraft, it is recommended that you only use smallish soft bags and that you do not exceed a maximum weight of 12 kgs. It is therefore very important that you bring the correct safari gear with you. This includes the standard khaki-coloured outfits of trousers, shorts and shirts. Remember trousers and long sleeved shirts are recommended for evening-wear, with a sweater and warm jacket on stand-by for those chilly times. Also make sure you bring comfortable walking shoes and trainers. Other necessities include binoculars, cameras and torches (don't forget spare batteries), sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses as well as insect repellent and anti-histamine cream for those irritating insect bites. Your personal toiletries should include a small medical kit. The lodge will provide the basics, but should you suffer from allergies please bring your own medical necessities.
High / Low Seasons WHEN TO GO ?
Game is best sighted in the dry season from April to October, but the beauty of the park is at its best after the rains in the first half of the year. Many of the parks internal roads are inaccessible between November and April.
Facilities Available Airport Shuttle Service on request. Bar Service is available. Camping Site can be booked. Families are welcome. Game Drive can be booked. Infants Restrictions. Laundry Service is available on request. Local or Private Airstrip is available. Mosquito Net is available. No Mobil Connection in the area. Rent a Tent can be booked. Secure Parking is available. Small Aircrafts can be booked.
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About Us

Debbie Peake and Steve Smith
Sensitive to communities - owners Debbie Peake and Steve Smith believe the future of our wildlife and safari industry is dependant on attitudes of local communities – if there is no direct benefit accruing to local people from wildlife, there is no reason for them to tolerate or maintain it.

Kafue National Park - Zambia
Community based natural resource management is all important – and is a key component of our development – staff are recruited from neighbouring villages and areas taking into account their traditional knowledge of the area; building materials were obtained as far as possible from local sources recognising sustainable and traditional usages, and community based programmes are being created to reduce poverty and increase environmental awareness.

Kafue Trust
The Kafue Trust is a registered charity which provides support for the Kafue National Park, and the surrounding communities. Its mission is to utilize professional and financial resources for park management, wildlife research, training for natural resource conservation and development of sustainable livelihood enterprises. Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp actively supports the Kafue Trust, being the base for the Trusts operations in the southern Kafue National Park. The owner manager, Steve Smith, is also a trustee of the Kafue Trust.

Steve Smith
Born in Kabwe, Zambia, Steve started developing Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp in southern Kafue National Park in 2005. This is an area he is familiar with and has visited on many occasions during the sixties and seventies. He is a passionate conservationist, reflected always in his selfless efforts to protect habitats and threatened species in the KNP, especially in places where pressures from uncontrolled bush fires and illegal hunting are rife. His Safari Camp is the base for the Trust’s operations in the south of the Park.

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Booking conditions
Bookings made on a provisional basis must be confirmed within 30 days and management reserves the right to cancel any booking not confirmed within this period. All clients will be required to complete an "Indemnity" Form on arrival at the lodge.

Payment terms ( DEPOSIT )
25% deposit is due on confirmation of the booking and the balance 30 days prior to arrival.

Payment method
By bank remittance. Credit card facilities are currently not available.

Cancellation Fees
25% in excess of 30 days, 100% 0-30 days.

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