EASTERN ROUTE: D769

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CEN­TRAL KA­FUE

Look at the map on the op­po­site page and you’ll see that the Ka­fue River, which runs from north to south, cuts the park in half length­ways.

Cen­tral Ka­fue is the area around Hook Bridge, where the tar road crosses the Ka­fue River and the river makes a horse­shoe bend. Hook Bridge is the only way to cross the river (by car) in­side the park – this will in­flu­ence your trav­el­ling time from west to east.

There’s lots of game around Hook Bridge and it’s also the most ac­ces­si­ble part of the park if you’re not driv­ing a 4x4. It makes sense to spend a few nights at camps like Kasabushi (above) and Mayukuyuku.

The camp­site at Mayukuyuku is on the river and ele­phant sight­ings are com­mon. Chat to Pa­trick Moyo at the re­cep­tion of­fice. He’s been work­ing in the park since 1992 and knows all the best game-view­ing routes. Wild dogs can be seen in the area – they some­times use Hook Bridge to cross the river. From Mayukuyuku, re­turn to the M9 tar road and drive east to­wards Lusaka. Take the D769 south – it’s a wide gravel road that cuts through hunt­ing con­ces­sions and there aren’t many an­i­mals to be seen. The road even­tu­ally goes to the Itezhi-Tezhi Dam. Be­fore the dam, how­ever, take the turn-off to KaingU Lodge.

A nar­row road leads to KaingU. You don’t need a 4x4, but a ve­hi­cle with high

RARE SIGHT­ING. The rock prat­in­cole is an un­re­mark­able lit­tle bird that gets a lot of at­ten­tion. Look for it in the rocky ar­eas of the Mwengwa rapids in the Ka­fue River near KaingU.

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