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Kafue National Park

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Kafue National Park

The largest national park in Zambia, Kafue is a haven for any wildlife enthusiast and a photographer’s dream

Found in the centre of western Zambia, Kafue National Park is the oldest and largest of Zambia's national parks. It has remained relatively undeveloped until fairly recently when new investment allowed this raw and diverse slice of Africa to recover rapidly.

The region is characterised by savannah grasslands, stony hills and rocky outcrops. The main vegetation of the Kafue area is called 'Miombo', a semi-deciduous woodland. A thin belt of evergreen forest lines the banks of the Kafue River, which has formed a reservoir within the park - a miniature Lake Kariba. From March to May, the flat grasslands of the Busanga Plains are flooded creating a wetland similar to the Okavango Delta.

The Kafue River is the lifeblood of the area and features a wide variety of woodlands and open grasslands on its banks. These host a diverse array of wildlife species including over 150 different mammals along with an amazing 470 species of bird. The various habitats of the park are well worth a visit.

Kafue holds possibly the greatest diversity of wildlife of any national park in Africa and is renowned for frequent sightings of lion, leopard and cheetah. The Kafue National Park is also home to more species of antelope recorded than any other park, including red lechwe, Liechtenstein's hartebeest, roan, sable and puku. 

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  • What and where

    Found in the centre of western Zambia, Kafue National Park is the oldest and largest of Zambia's national parks covering a massive 22500 Km Sq. It is located at a mere two hours' drive from Livingstone.

    Norman Carr first established it as National Park in the 1950s.

    What to see

    The Kafue National Park is home to more species of antelope recorded than any other park, including red lechwe, Liechtenstein's hartebeest, roan, sable and puku, blue wildebeest, sitatunga, defassa waterbuck, reedbuck, eland, bushbuck, reedbuck, oribi, grysbok, steenbok and three species of diminutive duiker. 

    Large prides of lion are also in the area as a result of the great numbers of antelope and anything left by lion is predated on by leopard and cheetah.

    The rivers offer excellent fishing for bream, barbel and fresh water pike. Most of the camps offer canoeing activities as well as fishing and fly camping.

    Excellent birding is experienced throughout the region, with more than 494 species recorded, and species seen include the Pel's fishing owl, wattled crane and Lady Ross' Turaco.

    When to go

    The dry season runs from June to November. The wetlands start to dry up from June onwards, drawing the game closer and closer to the permanent sources of water.

    By November the game is concentrated on finding the scarce food and water sources until the rains start to fall again in December.

    Some parts of the Park can be inaccessible at any time from November - April.

    How to get there

    Air transfers are provided from Lusaka or Livingstone to and from Kafue National Park.

Enquiries and bookings

Contact the Zambezi team

Please let us have as much relevant info as possible...

What and where

Found in the centre of western Zambia, Kafue National Park is the oldest and largest of Zambia's national parks covering a massive 22500 Km Sq. It is located at a mere two hours' drive from Livingstone.

Norman Carr first established it as National Park in the 1950s.

What to see

The Kafue National Park is home to more species of antelope recorded than any other park, including red lechwe, Liechtenstein's hartebeest, roan, sable and puku, blue wildebeest, sitatunga, defassa waterbuck, reedbuck, eland, bushbuck, reedbuck, oribi, grysbok, steenbok and three species of diminutive duiker. 

Large prides of lion are also in the area as a result of the great numbers of antelope and anything left by lion is predated on by leopard and cheetah.

The rivers offer excellent fishing for bream, barbel and fresh water pike. Most of the camps offer canoeing activities as well as fishing and fly camping.

Excellent birding is experienced throughout the region, with more than 494 species recorded, and species seen include the Pel's fishing owl, wattled crane and Lady Ross' Turaco.

When to go

The dry season runs from June to November. The wetlands start to dry up from June onwards, drawing the game closer and closer to the permanent sources of water.

By November the game is concentrated on finding the scarce food and water sources until the rains start to fall again in December.

Some parts of the Park can be inaccessible at any time from November - April.

How to get there

Air transfers are provided from Lusaka or Livingstone to and from Kafue National Park.

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