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Kafue National Park

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About Kafue National Park

Country found in: Zambia
Parks total area: 22,000 km² (8,500 miles²)
Year established: 1924
Park wildlife: 17 animals listed
Anti-malarial: Recommended

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Kafue National Park highlights

  • 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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Tour by: Natural Habitat Adventures

An In-Depth Nature Adventure Into the Untouched Heart of Wild Africa

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Tour by: Memorable Journeys Ltd

What makes the KaingU Canoe Trail so special:  peace and solitude of the Kafue River  gliding past riveri...

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Tour by: Zamsato - Zambia Safaris & Adventure Tours

• The magnificent Ngonye Falls / Zambezi River • The wildebeest migration in Liuwa Plains NP • Roan, Sable and...

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Tour by: Africa Voyages

"Wilderness Safaris" collection of luxury camps and lodges situated in the most preserved Private reserves on ou...

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Tour by: Indri Tours

Your Zambian wildlife safari commences after your arrival in Lusaka, from where you will wing your way to South ...

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Tour by: Encompass Africa

- Zimbabwe and Zambia are less busy with tourist traffic, thus better safari experiences - Outstanding national...

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Tour by: Zamsato - Zambia Safaris & Adventure Tours

Wide open spaces dotted with dambos - Nanzhila Plains in Southern Kafue NP. A remote wilderness location only 5h...

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Tour by: Alendo Travel & Tours

Zambia has a wide range of 'hi-action' activities from the legendary Walking Safari deep in the wilderness, Worl...

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Tour by: Ker & Downey

Bringing up the rear of Africa’s alphabet of destinations, Zambia and Zimbabwe remain blissfully remote and spar...

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