Guidebook

Guidebook information courtesy of Peter de Vere Moss, FRGS.

Habitats and associated wildlife in the Nanzhila Pains - Itezhi-Tezhi area of Southern Kafue National Park: 
Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp is situated in the most diverse part of the park, an area of about 3,000 km2 where visitors are able to enjoy an unrivalled variety of birds, antelope, buffalo, zebra, hippo, elephant, crocodile and all the large and small predators associated with Teak forest, Miombo, Mopane and riparian woodlands, termitaria vegetation, grasslands, savannahs, thickets, hills and rocks, rivers and Lake Itezhi-Tezhi. These wild places provide opportunities for day and night drives, bush walking, boating, fishing, and visits to historic and cultural sites.

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Thickets

Dense, low level thickets are easily recognised by the closeness of the vegetation, very often virtually impenetrable, and with the general absence of tall trees emerging above...
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Termitaria vegetation types

Large, termite mounds covered with a mixture of trees, shrubs, climbers and grasses are a vegetation type known by botanists as Termitaria Vegetation, This is obvious to...
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Teak Forest

About this Wildlife Habitat: The term “forest” in this context refers to the dry deciduous closed canopy woodland type of vegetation found on well-drained Zambezi sands, dominated...
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Savannahs

The term “savannah’ is used for grassland which has a significant woody plant component described by botanists as ‘wooded grassland’ and sometimes ‘munga’, meaning thorn in local...
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Rivers

About this Wildlife Habitat: The Park’s waterways provide many habitats for wildlife, dominated by the Kafue River - the largest tributary of the Zambezi, which runs through it for...
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Riparian Woodland

About this Wildlife Habitat: This type of woodland habitat refers to the easily recognised trees and shrubs that grow prominently around rivers, streams, lagoons and lakes. The Park...
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Mopane woodland

Mopane is deciduous, open woodland, easily recognised by its park-like appearance and by growing with few tree species other than the tree from which it takes its...
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Miombo Woodland

Miombo is found in many parts of the park. It is defined as semi-deciduous open forest. The open woodland is found in small to very large patches...
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Lake Itezhi-Tezhi

About this Wildlife Habitat: Lake Itezhi-Tezhi is man-made, completed in 1976 to provide control of flow for the downstream Kafue Gorge hydroelectric installation. Its level fluctuates  up...
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Hills and rocks

About this Wildlife Habitat: Hills, rocks and rocky outcrops are in several places throughout the Park providing habitats for many plants and animals that have adapted to...
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Floodplain Grassland

Grasslands cover about 20% (4,500 km2) of the Park where at least 235 species of grasses and sedges have been recorded on floodplains and beside the rivers...
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Dambo Grassland

Dambos are permanent grasslands that are easy to recognise. They are the grassy drainage lines that occur between woodlands in all the the Kafue River’s sub-catchments.
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