Where to visit
Southern Kafue does suit exploration in your own 4WD well, and so to concentrate on a few places to visit is really to miss the point. However, a few notable highlights are:Ngoma
Ngoma (GPS: NGOMA) is the national park's headquarters in the south side of the park, about 20km from the Itezhi-Tezhi dam wall. There are various offices and houses for the park's staff, and you can drop in, but it's not in great condition, and isn't really set up for visitors. About 5km south of here is an all-weather airstrip (GPS: AIRNGO).Riverside Drive
Home to some of the best game in the south, which is protected by the proximity of Ngoma HQ and, in the dry season, enticed by lush grassy plains next to the lake.Chilenje Pools
Further south, several pools lie at the heart of two large, neighbouring grassy dambos. In theory there's a track going round this area; in practice you may have to make your own across the bumpy expanse of solidified mud. It's a major attraction for game during the drier months.Nanzhila Plains/Nangandwe Pools
If you're travelling through the south of the park, then two tracks run east-west. Be aware that both may be quite indistinct in places. (In early 2001, I couldn't find either from the cordon road!) Take these towards the start of the dry season, and you'll often find yourself in plains with grass several metres tall, which is lovely but doesn't make for good game viewing. It's surprisingly easy to get lost here!
Within this area you'll also find woodland sections, tree-islands, and even the odd lone baobab tree, Adansonia digitata. One area to aim for is the old Nanzhila Restcamp (GPS: NANZHI). This was run by the government until about 1995, then taken over for a while, and refurbished into A-frame chalets by Chundukwa Trails from Livingstone. These were abandoned a few years ago, but their burnt-out skeletons remain! Meanwhile, the Nangandwe Pools which they overlook still attract relatively large herds of game.