KAFUE NATIONAL PARK SAFARI
In the centre of western Zambia is the largest national park covering a massive 22,400 square kilometres and is one of the largest game parks in Africa.
That’s the size of a small country – Wales, to be exact! It is a truly diverse part of Zambia, with the landscape ranging from flat, open grasslands to woodland and huge granite hills, and you can take your pick when it comes to spotting wildlife. The flat grasslands are the perfect place to see buffalo, zebra and wildebeest, and Kafue is also one of the best places to visit in Zambia to see lions, cheetahs and wild dogs.
First established as a National Park in the 1950’s by the legendary Norman Carr. Game viewing can be hard due to the size of this park.
African Parks together with the Government of Zambia in 2021 have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which will see the implementation of a Priority Support Plan for the protection and development of Kafue National Park. The Priority Support Plan will increase technical and financial support for the park worth US$3 million over a period of 12 months.
NORTH KAFUE NATIONAL PARK
Zambia’s best kept secret is the Busanga Plain in the North of the Kafue National Park.
The Busanga Plain is 720km2 of palm groves, papyrus-choked reed beds and lily-covered lagoons representing one of the few wetland wildernesses in the world and makes access impossible from November to May.
- The lions of Busanga are a highlight and offer incredible encounters as these cats move around the floodplains.
- Birding diversity is incredible due to the water, fig tree islands and floodplains. 500 bird species have been recorded.
- Lechwe are in extensive populations and the topography of the land makes for a photographer’s haven!
- A wide variety of species is found on the plains including Lion, Cheetah, African Buffalo, Hippopotamus, Oribi, Roan, Lechwe, Zebra and Blue Wildebeest and elephants.
Camps in the Busanga – Shumba camp, Busanga plains camp, Chisa Camp, Kasonso and Ntemwa-Busanga Camp.
Camps in the North Park- Fig Tree, Mapunga, Macbrides, Hippo Camp, Kafue River Lodge, Musekese and Mohzi Camp (the closest campsite to the Busanga Plains) and Kubu Kweena
CENTRAL KAFUE - offers a great option if time is short or as a stopover before you venture deeper into the park or on your way to Liuwa Plain National Park. It is only a 4 hour drive from Lusaka and you are in the heart of the Kafue National Park with excellent game viewing.
Camps – Mukambi, Ila Safari Lodge, Kasabushi, Pinnon Camp and Mayukuyuku
SOUTH KAFUE NATIONAL PARK
Despite its size and prominent location only two hours drive from Livingstone, it remains little-known and largely unexplored with vast tracts of its virgin bush still untouched. Thanks to its size and variety of habitat types the Kafue holds a fantastic diversity of wildlife and activities. The Kafue River and all its channels, rapids and islands lend itself to a range of exciting river-based activities which include boat cruises, fishing, birding, canoeing and river trails. Game drives and walking safaris are also available.
Southern Kafue is a paradise for self drive safaris and many camps offer excellent campsites.
Camps – KaingU, Nanzhila, Mawimbi, Konkomoyo, Shiluwe, Chibila and Musungwa.