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Lion at sunset, Busanga Plains, Kafue National Park, Zambia

Kafue National Park

This enormous expanse of wilderness covers a large tranche of central Zambia, with a number of rivers cutting through it.

Unspoilt and still relatively overlooked, this magnificent park is home to a diverse range of landscapes and wildlife. The remarkable Busanga Plains fill the lush northern reaches, whilst grasslands, miombo forests, rock-strewn river valleys, reed-lined lakes and teak woodlands coat the central and southern regions.

The range of wildlife is fantastic, with an incredible array of plains game found on the floodplains and grasslands. More than 20 species of antelopes can be found here, making Kafue one of the foremost parks in Africa for plains game.

Hippo yawning, Busanga Plains, Kafue National Park, Zambia
Kafue National Park, Zambia

A little more about Kafue National Park

Predators, including wild dogs, lions, cheetahs and leopards, also stalk this wild landscape. The elephant population, as with many parks, has seen a rapid decline in recent decades. However, it is now said to be in recovery, with large herds once more roaming the park.

The vast array of landscapes and the watery nature of Kafue combine to support an incredible wealth of avifauna. Almost 500 species of birds can be found here, including a number of unusual species, such as wattled cranes, crested guinea-fowls, black-cheeked lovebirds and slaty egrets.

Lion at dawn, Busanga Plains, Kafue National Park, Zambia
Kafue National Park, Zambia

Why to do in Kafue

  • Spot red lechwes grazing on the floodplains of Busanga, in the north
  • Track packs of wild dogs on the southern edge of Lake Itezhi-Tezhi
  • Take boat cruises down the slow-moving Kafue River
  • Explore the variety of landscapes that make up this vast park
  • Spend several days canoeing down the beautiful Kafue River
  • Take a hot air balloon trip above the mesmerising Busanga Plains
African Wild Dogs, Zambia, Southern Africa
Kafue National Park, Zambia

When to go to Kafue

Kafue National Park is generally best visited in the dry season, which runs from July until October. Not only is it easier to spot wildlife during this time, but it is also the best time to access the park.

The floodplains of the north are almost entirely inaccessible during the rains, with camps closing between November and May. Camps further south may stay open a little longer, but still tend to close during the wettest part of the year.

Experiences

Hot Air Balloon Adventure

Take a hot air balloon trip above the mesmerising Busanga Plains.

Wild Dogs in Kafue

Track packs of wild dogs on the southern edge of Lake Itezhi-Tezhi.

Busanga Floodplains

Spot red lechwes and pukus grazing on the floodplains of Busanga, in the north.

Canoe the Kafue River

Spend several days canoeing down the beautiful Kafue River.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Jackie Devereux

I was born in Zimbabwe. With a dad who was in the police force, we moved from place to place. I have always been passionate about travel. My grandparents mentioned that our ancestors set off from the Horn of Africa – Ethiopia – looking for better cattle pastures. They ended up settling in the south-eastern hills of Zimbabwe, in the Great Zimbabwe area.
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Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management. My desire to see more led me to work as a guide for AndBeyond, first in South Africa, then in Tanzania as the company expanded. Here, I lived and worked in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro, guiding and running safari camps.
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Bridget Cohen

Aged five and with my Curious George toy safely tucked under my arm, I set off with my family to travel around Europe in an orange VW minibus. Looking back on the adventures we had along the way, I now know that this was where my love for travel and exploring began.
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Chris Johnston

25 years ago, my first trip to Africa took on a life of its own. I planned for three months, I stayed for two years. Whilst there, I was mistaken for a priest, attacked by sharks and arrested. Yet the countless, clattering journeys opened my eyes to the beauty of the landscapes and the grace of the people. My recent trips are undoubtedly more comfortable, but the welcome is as warm as ever and the best experiences are still those I never see coming.
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