Day 1 - 2

    

Lower Zambezi

Day notes

Take a domestic flight from Kenneth Kaunda International to Jeki Airstrip where you will be met by your guide from the Tusk & Mane team.  The drive to camp will take around 45 minutes, depending on sightings along the way.

Chula Island Camp is located in the remote, eastern part of the Lower Zambezi National Park, situated amongst Natal Mahagony trees overlooking a lagoon and floodplain off the Zambezi River.

Tents,  laid out either side of the main area, are made from reinforced mosquito net material to allow for a good airflow during the hot parts of the day as well as an incredible view.  There are drop down canvas walls if it is cold or for privacy. The en-suite bathroom is accessible without leaving the tent and consists of a flushing toilet and bucket shower.

Relax in the central dining area, lounge and bar which offers stunning views over the flood plain and lagoon and further to the river.

Activities from the camp include: guided walks; morning and afternoon drives; time on the river - canoeing, taking a boat cruise or fishing; and a lagoon hide

   

Scheduled Flight from Kenneth Kaunda International Airport [LUN] to Jeki Airstrip

Details  
Mode

Scheduled Flight

Departure

Kenneth Kaunda International Airport [LUN]

Arrival

Jeki Airstrip

Scheduled Flight

Game Drive from Jeki Airstrip to Tusk and Mane Chula Island Camp

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Mode

Game Drive

Pick up

Jeki Airstrip

Drop off

Tusk and Mane Chula Island Camp

Game Drive

Stay at Tusk and Mane Chula Island Camp

Expert tips:

For scheduled flights into Jeki Airfield there is normally a 23kg per person maximum luggage allowance (packed in soft bags)

Day 3 - 4

    

Lower Zambezi

Day notes

A 1-1.5 hour game drive today to move to Kutali Camp, located on Kulefu Island, separated from the mainland by the Kulefu channels.  The camp is situated in a Winter Thorn Albidia forest directly on the banks of the Zambezi River

Tents have the same facilities as those at the Chula Fly Camp and here, the central dining area, lounge and bar offers stunning views over the Zambezi River and behind into the magical Winter Thorn forest.

Activities from the camp include: Guided walks; morning, afternoon and night game drives; time on the river - canoeing, taking a boat cruise or fishing.

 

Transfer from Tusk and Mane Chula Island Camp to Tusk and Mane Kutali Camp

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Mode

Transfer

Pick up

Tusk and Mane Chula Island Camp

Drop off

Tusk and Mane Kutali Camp

Transfer

Stay at Tusk and Mane Kutali Camp

Day 5 - 8

    

Kafue National Park

Day notes

Return to Lusaka to transfer to Musekese Camp.

Musekese Camp has a small and authentic feel.  Chalets have an organic shape and blend seamlessly into the bush on Muskese island in the Eden lagoon where you will always have wildlife in view. The chalets are constructed with a combination of local materials and traditional canvas and to reduce overuse of natural resources, hot water in the chalets is gas-fired so you can have a hot shower whenever you wish.

Musekese Camp centres around a tented 'boma' with a bar and a library, as well as a welcome cooling breeze. Meals are served here or in the shade of magnificent old trees on the deck, where you have views of the wildlife and birds right in front of the camp.

All of the team in the camp are amiable, very engaging and have been employed from villages adjoining the Kafue, bringing the benefits of tourism directly into the local communities. Some team members first joined Jeffery & McKeith on day one to build a track into what is now the Musekese Conservation area, and have remained to be trained in a variety of jobs from safari guides to chefs. 

 Wildlife very often passes through the camp, especially elephants. The camp is in the territory of both a resident lion pride and several leopards and so you will be walked to and from your tent after dark, and occasionally in the daytime.

Days at Musekese are built around your preference for activity. All of your activities are expertly guided by the most respected and knowledgable guides in the Kafue. Game drives both morning and afternoon in custom-built open vehicles equipped perfectly for comfort with camera supports and charge points. Boat safaris on the nearby Kafue and Lufupa river system are a fantastic experience for a very different perspective. Walking safaris are an enchanting way to experience every small sign and sound and, with luck, an encounter of the bigger animals. During your stay, you may wish to visit Musekese Conservation, the Anti Poaching Unit (APU) created and funded by Jeffery & McKeith safaris, which is a fascinating day and also a chance to explore further afield from the camp.  

Typically days at Musekese begin as you are woken early (05.15 am-ish) to enjoy a light breakfast of fruit, porridge, cereals and fresh bread toasted on the fire, before setting off on an maybe a game drive or walking safari.  Early morning is an excellent time to see animals when they are at their most active, as the morning progresses, there will be a chance to stop for refreshments (tea/coffee). 
Depending on sightings, you will return to camp in time for a tasty lunch made by skilled cooks using fresh local produce. Meals are varied and healthy, taking inspiration from Zambia's culture, expect imaginative and delicious meals and snacks. Cordon Bleu chef and conservationist Jamie Sparks created the menu at Jeffery & McKeith Safaris camps, expect lots of fresh salads and savoury dishes at lunch and dinner.

With a few hours to relax after lunch, this is a chance to catch up on sleep, or you could spend an hour or two sitting quietly in the treehouse hide. Sit and enjoy the view from your private deck or enjoy a cool drink and a book in the lounge. At 3 pm after a traditional afternoon tea and cake, you will set out on an afternoon activity, taking a different route into the bush. 
 Returning to camp as darkness falls. Or staying out to search for nocturnal species.

A warm shower? An aperitif by the fire before sitting down to dine under the stars with your hosts and no doubt enjoy interesting lighthearted conversation, giving you an insight into life in the bush for people and animals. Sleep comes easily here with the sounds of the lagoon wafting through the walls of your tent.

Transfer from Tusk and Mane Kutali Camp to Jeki Airstrip

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Mode

Transfer

Pick up

Tusk and Mane Kutali Camp

Drop off

Jeki Airstrip

Transfer

Scheduled Flight from Jeki Airstrip to Kenneth Kaunda International Airport [LUN]

Details  
Mode

Scheduled Flight

Departure

Jeki Airstrip

Arrival

Kenneth Kaunda International Airport [LUN]

Scheduled Flight

Transfer from Kenneth Kaunda International Airport [LUN] to Musekese

Details  
Mode

Transfer

Pick up

Kenneth Kaunda International Airport [LUN]

Drop off

Musekese

Transfer

Stay at Musekese

Day 9

    

End of Itinerary

Check-out from Musekese

Transfer from Musekese to Kenneth Kaunda International Airport [LUN]

Details  
Mode

Transfer

Pick up

Musekese

Drop off

Kenneth Kaunda International Airport [LUN]

Transfer
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