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Zambia: Africa's Untouched Game Preserve

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Text by Bonnie Tsui   Photograph by Mike Meyers/Wilderness Safaris
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A cheetah stalks the grounds of Zambia's Kafue National Park

WHAT'S NEW: This past summer, southern Africa specialist Wilderness Safaris opened a series of camps in Zambia's Kafue National Park, on and around the expansive Busanga floodplains. One of the largest national parks on the continent, Kafue is relatively untouristed—far from the masses that descend on other preserves, its animals are still shy of humans. Over 150 mammal species roam the park, including Lichtenstein's hartebeest, defassa waterbuck, leopards, cheetahs, and tree-climbing lions. In 2007 the outfitter offers a Zambia trip that will visit this area and include stays at the renovated Lunga River Lodge and Busanga Bush Camp. 

ON THE GROUND:
The first two days are spent on game drives, hikes, and canoe trips from Lunga's thatch-roof bungalows set in the Miombo woodland; the next three are based at Busanga in the heart of 290 square miles (751 square kilometers) of wildlife-filled wetlands reserve. Busanga's three posh tents give you front-row seats for spotting herds of puku and antelope crossing the plains in front of the camp. In the evening you'll head out on nocturnal safari drives in search of big predators that stalk the darkness.

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Outfitter:
Wilderness Safaris (www.wilderness-safaris.com)

Length:
Seven days

Price:
$5,180

Difficulty:
Easy

Opens:
January


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