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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

What YAS members think of Kafue National Park

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Most visited month: November
Top animals sighting: ElephantLion

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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: Bantu Pathfinders

15 Days /14 Nights Chobe, Livingstone, Siavonga - Kariba, Kafue National Park, Lower Zambezi and South Luangwa a...

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Tour by: Jenman Safaris

From Harare to Hwange National Park with nothing but the beauty of Africa and the comfort of Jenman Safaris. Pas...

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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: Parkers African Travel

In Zambia, mother nature is queen. From the thundering cascades of Victoria Falls to the untouched bush of the ...

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Tour by: Zamsato - Zambia Safaris & Adventure Tours

• Roan, Sable and the Big Cats in Kafue NP • Rhino tracking in Mosi-oa-Tunya NP • The breathtaking Victoria Falls

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Tour by: The Safari Partners

For those that wish to experience the highlights of southern Africa with the convenience of flying in and out of...

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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: 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: Zamsato - Zambia Safaris & Adventure Tours

• Rhino's in Mosi-oa-Tunya NP • Wildebeest migration in Liuwa Plain NP • Roan, Sable and the Big Cats in Kafue NP

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Tour by: Roho Ya Chui

Explore the best safari areas of Zimbabwe and Zambia.

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