469 km from Katoyana Camp in Liuwa Plains to Kasabushi Camp
153 km in Kafue NP
3 381 km trip to date
We left early for the long drive and were on the road for 11 hours (including the 50 km sand road from Katoyana to the Kalabo ferry). Road conditions were good from Kalabo to Kaoma (last town before Kafue) but the going was slow. Huge trucks from and to the Copper Belt province to the north. Lots of small villages with children, goats, even pigs on the road and lots of speed limits and humps. The road from Kaoma to Kafue was horrendous with massive potholes on the narrow tar strip and stretches of no tar and potholed gravel. We averaged 30-40 km/h on that stretch and 60-70 km/h on the remainder of the road.
Wildlife seen in the park:
roan antelope, sable antelope, puku, impala, elephant, defassa waterbuck, yellow baboon, bushbuck, Lichtenstein hartebeest, eland, kudu, warthog, buffalo, sharpe’s grysbok, steenbok, vervet monkey, crocodile, hippo.
And then we had our first sighting of tree-climbing lions. Not as high up in the trees as seen in Tanzania, but this lion was climping up into the branches.
We had our first encounter with tsetse flies. In Kasabushi Camp we had almost no tsetse flies, but as soon as we went on a game drive, the tsetses swarmed the vehicle and went for a ride with us (slow driving, so the wind did not blow them off). As soon as one opens a window to take a picture of some animal, these flies swarmed into the vehicle (20+ at a time) and they attacked us! They immediately landed on us, stinging through clothes and it burned like bee stings. And they are tough. They do not die easily.
Birds seen apart from the normal small birds: ground hornbill, vulture, and the very elusive African fin foot on the Kafue river.
Kasabushi Camp is one of the nicest camps we have ever camped at. A few large campsites directly on the banks of the Kafue river under shade trees. The ablutions are special. Piping hot waterfall showers from a donkey, flush toilets, outside hot and cold water for washing dishes – all built with attention to the smallest detail.
Kasabushi Camp offers sunset cruises on the Kafue river and we went with. Absolutely beautiful and relaxing going with Andy (the owner) who knows every rock and crook in this river. Slow cruising that did not upset the hippos and birds in the river.
- Insects: NO mosquitos – weird, as there is so much water.
- Temperature: 32 – 35 degrees celcius during midday, but the evenings were very nice and cool. The shade trees in the camp helped a lot.
We really enjoyed this Park. We saw almost no other vehicles on the park roads as the lodges start to close during this time of the year due to rains. The rains are late this year, so we had the park almost to ourselves. The location of Kasabushi and the quality of camping here is out of this world.
Dit lyk baie lekker
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Geniet dit en reis veilig
Groete van warm droee Malelane
Hier is die reën ook laat en dis warm en droog, maar dis wonderlik! Dankie
Dankie. Dit IS wonderlik!