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Kafue Photographic Safari Report – 2017

Throughout September and October I led my photographic safaris to Kafue, Zambia in the peak of dry season. The beauty about working in this National Park is the lack of visitors to this area but yet the stunning variety of wildlife and large amount of flexibility with every sighting. Basing my safaris at Musekese and Ntemwa Camps we are in the heart of the action with outstanding game viewing only minutes from both camps.


Zambia is regarded as one of the best areas in Africa for Leopard viewing and Kafue National Park is no exception. The only difference being here, once you find a Leopard you will have the sighting to yourself. Both groups enjoyed spectacular sightings of these illusive cats, from Lions chasing Leopards off kills to young cubs in the golden grass.

By using Ntemwa as a base for 4 nights, we are situated on the edge of the famous Busanga Plains to give a very different feel in terms of both landscape and wildlife. This vast open floodplain plays host to an overwhelming amount of plains game at certain times of year. Groups of Elephant cross the grassland looking for safety amongst the small islands of trees.

With a bounty of plains game, the predators flourish in this area also. Between both groups we were lucky to witness 3 hunts and over 8 kills.

The Kafue offers photographic opportunities of subjects that you will not get to see in many other parts of Africa including Roan, Sable and Puku. Having the opportunity to be on foot with these subjects gives a very different perspective and shooting angle.

Our base at Musekese Camp is set close to the banks of the Kafue River. Our view looks over a large dambo (floodplain) which is teeming with game all year round. This area is frequented by Lion and most days we would watch their daily activities from hunting, feeding and sleeping!

The dry season is my preferred time of year to be in Zambia. It is dusty and evocative with the game attracted close to the river where we are based. With the pools of water shrinking in the dambos, more Hippo are forced to compete for space. Inevitably this will result in casualties. The carcass of a Hippo next to camp bought in a large amount of Vultures, Hyena and Lion.

 

Thank you to all my guests for joining me to one of the most unexplored National Parks in Africa. We were treated to some outstanding moments and our hosts and guides Tyrone and Phil put us in the right positions to capture the action. I am looking forward to returning in September/October 2019 with two more groups of guests. Information about these safaris will be released in January 2018, to register your interest please email me at t.way@hotmail.co.uk.

After my stint in Kafue National Park, I then journeyed to South Luangwa National Park to continue my Leopard photography. I was lucky to spend most mornings and evenings in the company of this beautiful spotted cat. On this particular evening we had been watching this Leopard fast asleep, tucked away underneath thick bushes for a few hours. As the light began to fade, she made her way out from the shade and high into the large limbs of a nearby tree. I will be returning to South Luangwa to run my 2018 Zambian Photographic Safaris. I only have 4 spaces remaining so please do get in contact if you would like to join me in one of Africa’s most highly populated wildlife areas.

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