The Hidden Gems of the Southern Region

Why should you visit the Southern Region of Zambia?

Southern Zambia is a tourism paradox…

On one hand, it is home to the famous and deservedly sought after Victoria Falls witnessed from the town of Livingstone and yet, just a 3 hour drive from Livingstone, you enter Zambia’s largest National Park – Kafue – which is the size of Wales and is HARDLY EVER EXPLORED, especially from the Southern section. The Southern Kafue has experienced a TREMENDOUS RE-BIRTH from a game viewing point of view and now offers some of the best game viewing in the whole of the Kafue with SUPERB DIVERSITY complimenting its legendary birding.

Where to visit within the region

The gems of this region are listed below. Click the thumbnail for more info

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Routes through the Southern Region

The Southern Route begins and ends in Livingstone, depending on your direction and includes regions within the Southern, Central and Northern parts of the Kafue. Full route details below:

Heading north from Livingstone after experiencing the buzz of the Falls, you will reach the town of Kalomo. Here you leave the beaten track! A detour through the village market and 70km of dirt later, you enter the Dundumwezi or Nanzhila Gate. The Southern Kafue begins with a very solid belt of miombo forest. Beautiful, multi-coloured bush and a bird lovers haven but tricky for game viewing. However, you will soon be through miombo and crossing the plains that make the southern region so diverse for game viewing. Most guests choose to have 2-3 nights around Nanzhila Plains to explore this area before heading north onto Lake Itezhi-tezhi.

Itezhi-tezhi is often thought of as a ‘mini-Kariba’ and offers some stunning shoreline vistas before you bend back into more miombo and follow the Kafue River north. About 2 hours north of the lake is a stunning collection of camps including Kaingu, Kasabushi and Mawimbi and all offer an awesome river based experience at various budget levels. Canoeing, fishing and boat cruises now compliment the game drive experience and adds another dimension to the Kafue experience. If you continue north from here, you will hit the M9 Great West Road.

Once you hit this road, you have 2 options. The more popular option is to then head west towards Kaomo and join the western route. Alternavitely, you can continue to explore the Kafue and a fantastic option is to head east along the M9 to Mumbwa and then bend back to the North-Eastern sector of the park where the magnificent Kafue River Lodge is based. Here, depending on seasons, you can explore this remote corner of the park OR venture into the Busanga Plains on a mobile safari or the newly opened Lufupa concession. By heading back to the M9 at Mumbwa, you can connect with the road back to Lusaka