- Kafue National Park
The Kafue National Park
Kafue National Park delivers an off-the-beaten-path safari in a diverse and wild environment. A sprawling swathe of wooded savannah, lazy rivers and seasonal wetlands, it is home to elephant and buffalo herds, lions and hippopotamus and crocodiles. Yet Zambia’s biggest conservation area is also perhaps the country’s least visited, giving adventurous travellers excellent game viewing in a landscape mostly to themselves.
Kafue’s most exciting draw card lies in the north-east of the park: the Busanga Plains, an area of flooded grasslands, permanent water and Kafue’s best safari accommodation. Here you can expect great wildlife viewing year-round but especially in the dry season when Kafue’s antelope herds are joined by thirsty wildebeest and zebra, providing rich pickings for Kafue’s big predators: lions, leopards, cheetahs, spotted hyenas and even the highly endangered African wild dogs.
A Kafue safari is rich in experience: morning and afternoon game drives are augmented by spot-lit night drives, guided walking safaris and even water-based excursions. Safari lodges are small, luxurious and intimate; meals are served with views of misty floodplains or starry night skies, and there are in-house treats such as massages, laundry service and plunge pools.
It is a recommended destination for the experienced safari traveller: the guides at each camp are extremely knowledgeable about the local environment, and your personal interests such as photography or bird watching are easily accommodated. And with a bird list of almost 500 species, Kafue is one of Africa’s top birding destinations.
Now directly accessible by air, Kafue is only a couple of hours from Zambia’s capital Lusaka via a private charter flight. This makes it an easy part of a larger Zambia itinerary, combining with Victoria Falls and the Lower Zambezi or South Luangwa national parks to create a comprehensive safari experience.
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