WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT KAFUE NATIONAL PARK
- 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
A LITTLE MORE ABOUT 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.
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. Only rhinos, once found in the north of the park, have been dealt a terminal blow by poaching.
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, making the park a fantastic destination for birders. A number of unusual species, such as wattled cranes, crested guinea-fowls, black-cheeked lovebirds and slaty egrets, can be found here.
WHEN TO GO
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.
BEYOND THE ORDINARY
- Spend several days canoeing down the beautiful Kafue River
- Take a hot air balloon trip above the mesmerising Busanga Plains