To many, Kafue National Park’s key attraction is its exclusivity combined with excellent game viewing. As you explore, it truly feels like you have the national park and all its hidden wonders, to yourself.
One of the last true wilderness areas in Africa, it is the oldest and largest of Zambia’s national parks covering an area larger than Wales. It’s known for its diverse wildlife and stunning scenery, yet remains virtually undiscovered.
In the north, the rolling plains of Busanga are home to lion, zebra, abundant birdlife and flat grassland plains dotted with wild date palms, sausage trees and fig trees. There are numerous prides of lion residing here, whilst it's one of Zambia's best area for cheetah and for wild dogs.
The more remote south is perfect for those who love exploring and a little patience will be rewarded with some sensational sights. Elephants, antelopes and lion roam the plains, and hippos swim in the waters of Lake Itezhi-Tezhi. Southern Kafue is the ideal safari experience for those who value a true feeling of wilderness as much as the game-sightings.
The middle of the park is a water haven with huge granite rocks that will transport you back to prehistoric ages as you canoe down the waters. Here, the Kafue River with its myriad of channels, rapids and islands lends itself to a range of river based activities including sunset boat safaris, fishing, birding, canoeing and river trails.
Large areas of the park remain unexplored and hold a wealth of wildlife thanks to its huge size and varied habitat. The park is home to large herds of red lechwe, puku antelope, hippo, spotted hyena, and wild dogs. The lions and leopards of Kafue are very well fed with huge populations of wildebeest and antelope, and it’s not uncommon to see a herd of 100 elephants.
The park is easily accessed from both Lusaka and Livingstone with a 2-3 hour drive although there is an option to fly. Accommodation varies from remote tented campsites to luxurious safari lodges complete with infinity pool. Whatever the budgets and taste, Kafue can accommodate.
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