the kafue national park

What is the Weather like at Mozhi Camp?


The rains in Zambia are somewhat unpredictable but are largely concentrated in the montns of December through to March - this time of year is known as Zambia's Emerald Season. When the rains come many of the access roads in the Kafue National Park become impassable which is why most camps further in the park, like Mozhi, are closed during this time. Towards the end of April the rains are gone but leave the park incredibly beautiful with all kinds of green - and of course the herbivores are beyond happy. The evening temperatures begin to drop towards the end of May. Towards June begins the "winter" season and runs towards August, in this time the evenings are cooler but the days are warm. A winter in Zambia is not to be compared to what most people know as winter, however be sure to bring warm clothes for evening and early morning activities. The end of June when the area is completely dried out is "peak season" in the Kafue National Park as this is when the majority of camps become accessible and Guests are able to truly explore the area without spending hours getting out of the mud left by March rains. September and October are the hottest months the temperature rises and the Kafue can become unbelieveably hot, however at this time sightings are fantastic as the animals concentrate around the limited water sources. Towards November the temperature varies as it is the start of Zambia's rainy season. From clear blue skies to dark stormy hues, the weather at this time of year is wonderful.




Tell me about the Kafue National Park?


The Kafue National Park is an incredibly underrated area. Tourists, however, are beginning to learn about the area and it's 22,400 square kilometer land mass. The park is one of the largest parks in Africa and largely undiscovered even by those in the area. Game drives in the park are unlike many other African Parks as the more rare sighting is that of another safari vehicle - this being one of the Kafue's most unique features. The landscapes are unbelieveably diverse ranging from dense miombo woodlands to vast open grasslands and flood plains (known as the famous Busanga Plains). The wildlife in this area boasts both incredible mammals and bridlife with over 500 different sightings of bird species including the rare African Fin-Foot. With 20 different species of Antelope in the park it is no wonder the guides in the Busanga call it the "Gold Mine" for predators, a perfect location for lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and of course hyena.




How do I access the National Park and Mozhi Bush Camp?


The park can also be accessed from the tourist hub of Livingstone in the south, again on well graded road, reaching Dundunwezi gate after 3 or so hours. The park is also accessible by plane, with many airstrips, some all weather, such as Ngoma, Chunga, and Lufupa. From Lusaka – take the main M9 tar road due west to Mumbwa. If you plan to visit the north-eastern camps (Hippo Lodge, McBrides, Leopard Lodge, Kafue River Camp or Mushingashi) then go into Mumbwa town (124kms from Lusaka) and takt the left turn at the roundabout by the filling station (last fuel before Kasempa). Continue on this road out of Mumbwa on the D181 gravel/graded road to your destination. To reach the Central and Southern sectors of the KNP using the spinal road – After passing the turn off for Mumbwa, stay on the main M9 road, heading west for 38kms to the Nalusanga Entrance Gate. Continue on the M9 for another 80kms, drive over Hook Bridge and after a further 7kms turn left on to the 21K road (ignore the 17km road turn-off). The Spinal Road is reached 14kms south of the 21k road and continues to Lake Itezh-Tezhi, a further 130kms. Mawimbi and Kasabushi Camp are accessible from the Spinal Road and Konkamoya at the southern end of the road. Roads connect to the southern sector of the park and Nanzhila Plains Camp. The Spinal Road is a good gravel road and driveable year-round. Seasonal river crossings can flood from time to time in the wet season. To reach the southern section of the Kafue – After passing the turn off for Mumbwa, stay on the main M9 road, heading west. 66kms from Mumbwa you pass the Nalusanga Entrance Gate to the park, after this gate (approx 20kms later) is a left hand turn, well signposted for Itezhitezhi town and the dam. Following the Itezhi-tezhi D769 road allows for access to Puku Pan, Kaingu Camp and the various lodges on the lake itself. This road is gravel but does require a good strong vehicle, as it is long and bumpy. To reach the Busanga Plains – It must be noted that there are no camping of self-drive facilities at or even near the Busanga Plains (closest is apprx. 160km away), as such self-driving on the Busanga is not advised. Driving from the Hook Bridge Gate will take you approximately 5 to 6 hours, this is a bush road and only accessible when dry. When reaching the Busanga Plain be advised that there are no sign posts and it is exceptionally easy to get lost, as such seek local advice before travelling (Mukambi Lodge have a camp on Busanga as do Wilderness Safaris). From the west – take the Mongu to Lusaka tar road (M9), entrance is at Tateyoyo gate. From the north (Copperbelt area) – Take the road from Solwezi and then to Kasempa (it may be useful to note there is a good hospital at Kasempa). From Kasempa follow the graded gravel D181 Kaoma road and branch of it to reach the Kabanga Entrance Gate to the park. To reach the Kabulushi Gate (and nearby camps) take the left fork off the Kaoma road onto the D301 towards Mumbwa, follow this road to the Lunga river pontoon (after apprx 98kms) and then onwards again until the Lubungu river pontoon, after crossing and another 86kms you reach Kabalushi Gate. As always local advice at the time of travel is essential. From Livingstone – Travel 124kms to Kalomo on the excellent tar road, or T1 which heads to Lusaka. At Kalomo turn left through the open air market, taking the D714 graded road for 74kms to the southern Dundumwezi Entrance Gate. This gate leads to Nanzhila Plains Camp, Ngoma and Lake Itezhi-tezhi further north. Recent grading of the Dundumwezi road means that a trip from Livingstone to the Kafue is very doable, even within a relaxed half a day. The Kobil station at Kalomo is the last fuel before the park




How safe is the camp?


Mozhi camp is well secured and well located in a safe zone. The Camp has a fence that provides a barrier against predetors and our team is well equipped and expeirence to handle the wildlife in the area.





> CONSERVATION

Shearozone Safaris understands that the safari business is nothing without wildlife and nature that is why we do not separate ourselves from the conservation and preservation of our national park. Our camps are sustainable, with minimal impact on the environment and we intend to come up with foundation projects to empower local communities and conservation education programs. Our aim is to conserve and preserve the beautiful Kafue National Park while contributing positively to our tourism industry for the development of Zambia.

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