Kafue National Park


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Kafue National Park
About Kafue National Park
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Parks total area:
22,000 km² (8,500 miles²)
Year established:
1924
Anti-malarial:
Recommended
Park wildlife:
  • Among the largest national parks in the world
  • Amazing birding adventures
  • Rich forest and bush lands
  • Four of the big five. Only the rhino is not present.

Kafue National Park is the largest in Zambia covering over 22,000 km² (8,500 miles²). Bordered on the east by the Kafue River, it is one of the largest national parks in the world, twice the size of Yellowstone. While Livingstone International Airport is closer to the park’s southern region, Zambia’s capital of Lusaka is more accessible to its northern region. The long, narrow strip of reserve is home to over 150 native mammals and nearly 500 bird species. One of the highlights of Kafue is its cheetah population. The cheetah is not found in Lower Zambezi or Luangwa parks. 
The few state roads traversing the park cover diverse terrain from plains to wooded forest. Guided safaris in Kafue originate from any one of the two dozen bush camps and lodges in the park’s north region and eastern borders. The southern camps are located near the shores of the Kafue River. Big game poaching is a problem throughout the region but is more noticeable in the south. Although efforts are in place to curb illegal hunting, safaris in the south are notoriously light for large animal watching. The Busanga Plains in the north are best for animal viewing.

 

When to visit Kafue National Park

Zambia has a rainy season from October to April. The dry season is both hot and cool, but never very cold nor extremely hot. Although the rainy season begins in October, until December it its often considered hot and dry. The rains come in after the new year. Camps and lodges are often full, especially during the dry season. Most are open year round, but nearly every camp and safari is located on a seasonal floodplain. The more predictable option is to plan a safari during the dry season, which is June through October. 

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(4/5 stars) Written on: Nov 18, 2015   |   Visited: Nov 2015.
Kafue NP - the biggest national park in Africa - is still a hidden gem. It's easily reached from Lusaka via the Mongu - Lusaka - Road or from Livingstone via Kalomo / Namwala. We just returned from the central part of the park. We stayed at Kasabushi Camp on the banks of the Kafue River. Very clean camp, easy to find and very friendly camp staff and owners.
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Feb 14, 2015   |   Visited: Sep 2012.
Kafue National Park is the oldest and largest of Zambia's national parks and it still remains little-known and largely unexplored!! Kafue holds possibly the greatest diversity of wildlife of any national park in Africa, which makes this so exciting! Some animals you will see range from otters, water monitors, hippo, crocodiles, red lechwe and Cape buffalo. This i... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Sep 05, 2013   |   Visited: Oct 2013.
THE KAFUE is home to possibly the greatest diversity of wildlife species of any African National Park. It's unique blend of environments that include Miombo (Brachystegia) woodland dotted with the remains of oxbow lagoons that provide lush grazing, permanent river systems and the jewel in her crown the vast open Busanga Plains. The Kafue is simply vast and with few... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: May 05, 2013   |   Visited: Mar 2013.
The second largest park in Africa, Kafue National park gets its name from the Kafue River, which flows through it in the north. Poaching and neglect had left this park devoid of any wildlife just plain lush grassland, its been almost a decade since the Zambian Wildlife Authority took over and began a long and tedious process of restoration.
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Safari suitability: 8 / 10
Large park with diverse ecology, terrain and safari options. No rhinos.
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Bird watching
Bird watching
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Boating / canoeing
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