Kafue National Park is a revitalized game park, perfect for the second time safari visitor. The game-rich Busanga Plains do not disappoint in season.
The Kafue National Park in Western Zambia is the largest national park in Africa at 22,400 km². Despite its beauty and diversity, the comparative inaccessibility of Kafue means that it remains gloriously untamed! The Kafue National Park offers a unique range of habitats from the memorable Busanga floodplains to the verdant vegetation of the south. It supports a rewarding variety of wildlife including cheetah, which are rarely seen in the South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi National Parks. So Kafue is ideal for the experienced safari enthusiast or birder.
The Busanga Plains, in the far north of the Kafue National Park, are some of the most significant wetland areas in Zambia. This is Kafue’s best area for game-viewing. During the wet season the Lufupa river floods creating a wetland paradise. These plains become home to thousands of red lechwe, the ubiquitous puku, stately roan and sable as well as the diminutive oribi and duiker. The Defassa waterbuck, herds of tsessebe, hartebeest, zebra and buffalo make up a full set of antelope. Naturally this wealth of game is a big attraction for predators, including leopard, wild dogs, cheetah and prides of lion up to 20 strong.
In the central areas of the Kafue National Park lies the Lufupa river, characterised by miombo and riverine woodlands. Though the game is not as rich as on the Busanga plains, there are plenty of antelope. These include the rarer species of roan, sable, oribi and defassa waterbuck. Predators include lion, cheetah and leopard, as well as a good number of wild dog. Indeed this is Kafue’s best area for leopard sightings.
Madelyn NieuwoudtAfrica Travel Specialist
Why you may love it
- Kafue is ideal for the experienced safari enthusiast or birder.
- The Busanga Plains in the north of the Kafue National Park are the best area for game viewing.
- Lufupa River, situated in the central areas of the Kafue National Park, is the best area for leopard sightings.
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When to visit Kafue
November to March
Summer in Kafue
April to May
Safari season in Kafue
June to August
Dry season in Kafue
September to October
Dry season in Kafue
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- SizeThe park is the largest national park in Zambia - 22 400km²
- ConservationConsidered for inclusion in the 5 Nation Kavango - Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area