Puka Pan takes some getting to, it is remote and definitely worth the effort. The 30 kms bush track from the (terrible) Iteshe road is a fascinating drive and to discover the camp on the river a great relief :-)
Manager and chief guide, Martin and staff were most welcoming. We had a lovely family rondavel overlooking the river. We stayed four nights in September and loved it. It was easy to while away the hot hours of the day watching the puka, impala, birdlife and other game sitting in the shade by the pan.
Trips to the island in morning and up the river in the evening were worthwhile. The latter proving just what a Mecca for birders the Kafue river should be. Dozens of species of different species, sizes and colours.
Game for the the drive safaris was lighter, but two consecutive night drives ended up with watching a leopard hunting. Unbelievable, especially as the 2nd hunt was taking place just 50 metres from our accommodation and we witnessed a failed attempt at a kill! Martin had worked exceptionally hard to give has sightings of like this and the drives finished close to midnight.
This review cannot be completed without a mention of the haute cuisine provided by the chef, Gladys. Gourmet meals a long way from any towns must be a challenge to produce, but she did. It was just another example of the pride, hard work and talent that goes into making for a great experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the banks of the mighty Kafue river lies this rustic and comfortable Safari Lodge that blends in naturally with the pristine wilderness that surrounds it. Here you will experience true wildlife with excellent game viewing, birding and fishing in the Kafue National Park. ... more less