Explore Zambia’s largest park, Kafue – a vast wilderness that is home to a myriad of landscapes and an astonishing range of wildlife. Venture deep into the wilds of this captivating park, spotting plains game, big cats and incredible numbers of birds. Finish with the majestic landscape of the Busanga Plains, staying at the idyllic Shumba Camp.
- Explore the length of Zambia’s largest park – discovering its varied landscapes and wildlife
- Spot hippos, crocodiles, elephants and numerous birds from the Kafue River
- Admire the magnificent herds of antelopes that graze on the rich grasslands of the Busanga Plains
- Track packs of endangered African wild dogs from Konkamoya Lodge
CENTRAL KAFUE – KAFUE RIVER
Begin on the eastern fringes of central Kafue, at the beautifully positioned KaingU Lodge. This small, traditional camp sits beside the swirling waters of the Kafue River, with the wild landscape of the park just a boat ride away.
Perfectly located, this intimate camp offers the chance to explore on foot, by boat or in a 4x4. Cross the Kafue River and explore the central portion of the park – carpeted with miombo woodland that is interspersed with rocky stream valleys and dry kopjes. The waters of the river attract thirsty game, including leopards, elephants and hippos, whilst the drier areas are dotted with antelopes and zebras.
SOUTHERN KAFUE – LAKE ITEZHI-TEZHI
Drive south, along the shores of the man-made Lake Itezhi-Tezhi, to the remote Konkamoya Lodge. Sitting on a promontory that juts out into the lake, this beautiful cluster of raised canvas tents is positioned to face the sunrise. It sits amongst a fertile blend of mahogany and ebony trees, dotted with gnarled baobabs.
To the south, some of the wildest, least explored areas of the park can be found. Explore this wilderness, where verdant thickets merge with recovering teak forests. Low granite hills disrupt the landscape, which eventually returns to grasslands, at the very southern tip of the park.
Drive and walk in search of the game that roams the southern reaches of the park. The varied terrain attracts a plethora of wildlife. Spot lions and cheetahs stalking plains game, look out for leopards hiding amongst the rocks, watch herds of pukus flock to the waters of Lake Itezhi-Tezhi and track packs of wild dogs as they hunt their prey.
NORTHERN KAFUE – BUSANGA PLAINS
Finish with the park’s most iconic region, the Busanga Plains. These rich floodplains attract an incredible variety of wildlife. Stay at the perfectly placed Shumba Camp, which sits upon a slightly raised island at the heart of the plains. Offering views across these busy grasslands, this idyllic camp lies under a canopy of aged fig trees. Combining indulgent comfort with fantastic game viewing, Shumba forms the highlight to any trip to Kafue.
Take guided game drives, bush walks and boat trips through this area. Most – if not all – of the park’s 21 antelope species can be spotted here, including rare red lechwes. Consequently, numerous predators, including prides of lions, can be seen stalking this bountiful landscape. The watery environment also attracts are variety of birdlife, with rare shoebills occasionally sighted here.
To get an idea of the scale of this enthralling region, take a hot air balloon ride (at an additional cost) over the Busanga Plains. Float silently over the green, watery landscape below; this airborne perspective offers unrivalled views of Kafue.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Often overlooked in favour of Zambia’s smaller parks, Kafue is a sleeping giant. This journey offers a chance to explore the depths of this fascinating park. Staying at a selection small, beautifully positioned camps, discover the hidden treasures of Kafue. Spot the rich variety of animals and birds that decorate this phenomenal landscape.
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