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Proflight heads to Kafue National Park

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Proflight Zambia staff prepare to welcome passengers on board

Proflight Zambia staff prepare to welcome passengers on board

Proflight Zambia will begin flying to Kafue National Park next year, adding a tenth domestic destination to its schedule and opening up the area to tourism.

The new addition to the airline’s route network will provide a fast and reliable way for domestic and international tourists to enjoy the world-class safari and wilderness experiences of the park.

Proflight Director of Government and Industry Affairs Captain Philip Lemba said: “September is Tourism Month, so when better to announce Proflight’s forthcoming schedule to Kafue National Park?

The park is a diamond in the rough; a place where serious safari lovers can have an authentic wildlife experience. This fantastic addition to our schedule reaffirms Proflight Zambia’s role in promoting and facilitating Zambian tourism.”

Proflight will begin operating flights during the dry season, when accessibility and wildlife viewing is at an annual peak,  from July 1 to October 31, 2015.If successful it will look at more frequency and a longer season in 2016.Flights will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays to Chunga. The Lusaka – Chunga flight will leave Lusaka at 11:30, reaching Chunga at 12:45. The Chunga – Lusaka flight will leave at 13:05 and arrive in Lusaka at 14:20. This schedule is designed to facilitate numerous connections including international outbound connections with Emirates and South African Airways; domestic outbound connections with Lower Zambezi and Livingstone (Mfuwe for July/August only); and domestic inbound connections with Mfuwe and Lower Zambezi (all days) and Livingstone on Saturdays.

In recognition of the size and diversity of the area, Proflight will – on request – operate to Busanga (Plains strip) or Lufupa airstrip, as well as Chunga.

Kafue National Park was first established as a National Park in the 1950′s by legendary conservationist Norman Carr. At over 22,000 square kilometres, Kafue is the largest national park in Zambia and among the largest national parks in Africa.

Kafue has diverse terrain and holds an enormous range of wildlife. Itis the best place in Zambia in which to see the elusive cheetah. The Busanga Plains in the north of the park is a prime area for big game, where hosts of animals come to forage and hunt. Visitors to Lufupa can get an entirely different experience in its beautiful remoteness, and rarely leave without having seen a leopard.

Historically the park has received fewer visitors than other Zambian national parks. Although it is the size of the world-famous Kruger, it is home to fewer safari operators and lodges, allowing visitors to enjoy the environment in an exclusive way. Due to a recent increase in interest in the hidden gem, there has been an improvement in infrastructure including well-graded airstrips and an upgrade in the choice of lodges and accommodation.

The airline, which celebrates 23 years of operation this year flies from its base in Lusaka to Livingstone, Ndola, Kasama, Chipata, Mansa, Mfuwe, Solwezi and Lower Zambezi, as well as to Lilongwe in Malawi.


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