Happy Valentine’s Day from the heart of the Kafue!
Kyle and Edwina will never forget their recent stay at Kasabushi or the Kafue, he proposed on top of Lubalanzuki Hill and the answer was ‘yes’! Kyle decided during a previous visit that the hill was the perfect place to get down on one knee and they have both felt on top of the world since.
Love and a rock.
The heart of the Kafue is now blessed with two marriage proposals and has a place in the hearts of so many of our guests.
We wish Kyle and Edwina every happiness for their wedding later this year and a lifetime of love, fun and adventure.
Merry Christmas to all our followers and we wish you all a happy, healthy, peaceful but exciting 2018.
It has been a good year. The campsite has been so busy all season and we’ve enjoyed hundreds of lovely campers from all over the world who all, without exception, have loved it here. We are steadily building up our Bush Camp (full catered) business and attracting the right kind of people looking for relaxation and peace to enjoy the bush in a homely setting.
Wildlife sightings get better every year and most clients have left well pleased with what they have seen. The harder you look the luckier you get here and patience pays off in the end.
We enjoyed a wonderful break in South Africa in February but returned in time to watch the river flood mid-March. It was upsetting to see our lovely new chalets 40cm under water but there was no lasting damage and by Easter we were open for clients. This season’s rains started early, mid October, and we’ve already had 200mm, 20% of the last year total rainfall and we still have three months to go. The river is rising mainly due to the rains in the north so we can only wait and see what is in store over the next few months.
Andy is now a bona fide resident of Zambia (along with his spouse) which is a big relief and testament to our acceptance here and what we have achieved in four years. The visit of family and friends this year has been such a boost to our morale and we look forward to seeing more here next year.
We are enjoying a quiet time in camp over the holiday and hope for a rest somewhere early in the New Year before next season gets under way.
Love and best wishes from a very green and lush Kafue.
Lib and Andy
Chillin in Umhlanga.
Friends in camp.
On a high in Kafue.
We have a few clients arrive in their own plane, flying into our local airstrip at Chunga. The ‘Bill Boys’ took these photos on their way here from Joburg via Livingstone recently.
Proflight will be operating scheduled flights from Lusaka to Chunga from January 2018 linking the Kafue with other parks in Zambia and Livingstone (Victoria Falls). We meet fly-in clients at the airstrip then drive them the 30kms to camp enjoying a game-drive on the way.
The riverine bush is always green but trees all over the park have been bursting into blossom and leaf ahead of the rains which have now arrived. The heat of the last few weeks triggered the new life in hundreds of shades of green. Campers from Slovenia were amazed at how green the trees are so late in the dry season. The park will now burst into further life as the grass returns, our Summer has started.
The Kafue River never runs dry, we just have to wait and see how high the level will rise over the next five months.
Our campsite is at the western bend in the river and our Bush Camp where the river turns south.
The river heads south.
The dry bush in October.
Birds eye view of our home.
The Kafue River flows past our camp.
We have never seen Eland in the Kafue so were surprised to see photos of this kill. This feast on the Sishamba Loop was photographed by campers Gabi and Christoph. The Eland is the largest of the African antelope with males over 500kgs, that’s half a ton of meat and bone. This pride obviously fed very well and the leftovers were appreciated by hyena and vultures. Thanks for the great photos Christoph and we hope you both saw lots more on your drive south from Kasabushi Camp.
We have enjoyed a single pair of African Skimmers for the last few months while the Kafue River level is low. They are not part of a colony and we haven’t noticed any signs of off-spring yet although they prefer the high rocks in the middle of the river and not on the sandbanks. These near-threatened birds have enthralled us and many guests during boat trips around the islands near our camp. The Skimmers fish using their unique bill structure. The lower mandible is much longer than the upper mandible and is flattened sideways like scissor blades. As they skim just above the water they dip their bills which clamp shut when they touch a fish.
The Skimmers will no doubt leave us in a few months once the rains arrive and the river starts to rise but we are making the most of them while we can. Thanks Richard for these photos and we are glad you have such fond memories of the Kafue now you are home in Australia.
The Central Kafue National Park will soon be connected to Lusaka, other airports throughout Zambia and international destinations from 2018. Proflight will operate year-round scheduled flights to Chunga (CHU) airstrip commencing January 2018 and will peak with four flights a week (Mon-Wed-Fri-Sat) from 15 June to 30 October. The shoulder season (May-Jun-Nov) will operate twice weekly (Wed-Sat) and on a request basis through the wet season (Jan-Apr and Dec).
The flights will link Kafue with Kalabo (Liuwa Plains), Livingstone (Victoria Falls), Mfuwe (South Luangwa) and Jeki/Royal (Lower Zambezi). Proflight currently operate international scheduled flights to Durban and Lilongwe and the Kafue flights will be timed to connect with Lusaka arrival and departures. Interline partners include Emirates, Ethiopian, Hahn, Kenya, Rwanda and South African Airways.
Chunga airstrip is located within the Central Kafue National Park and a 30km drive to Kasabushi Camp.
For more information contact Proflight at flyzambia.com, email@example.com or contact Voyagers Lusaka for advice on travelling to Kasabushi Camp from your part of the world.
Good news for us, the Kafue, Zambia and Proflight.
Proflight Zambia Safari operations.
Bush camp Loo with a touch of class.
First impression of Kasabushi Camp
Perfect for relaxing and dining.
Walk to Round House
Chalets built with attention to detail.
Imagine waking up to this view.
Unusual walkway from chalet.
Since the big clean up after the floods we’ve been busy catching up with building work that needed doing before the season gets into full swing (now!).
We’ve just about finished (Andy is making the door right now) a very smart loo for bush camp guests to use while they enjoy our Round House for relaxing or dining. It’s been built to our usual standards with the touches that clients appreciate and of course we offer white 2-ply loo roll as we do at the campsite (little things!). We had a designer in camp this week and she was completely blown away by the artistic flow of the campsite and Bush Camp, the attention to detail and finish on everything from sign fixings to the sails of the Round House. It’s great when clients appreciate what we’ve built and the time we’ve taken to get things just right. Boyd is showing more and more artistic flair and has created lots of touches of his own and is discovering hidden talents, it’s good to see.
The chalets and Round House and grounds have all been worked on so every bit of the camp looks finished, smart and ready for guests. We’ll always be working on something but can, at last, relax and enjoy our home in the bush.