Kafue National Park

About Kafue National Park

At 5.5 million acres, Kafue is one of the largest National Parks in Africa, lying due west of Lusaka and due north of Livingstone. The remote location means low visitor numbers make it one of the best places for a truly wild, unspoilt safari, enjoyed from one of its superb luxury lodges. Accessibility in the rainy season is limited, so many of the lodges only open to visitors in the dry season between June and October.  

The park is fed by three rivers: The Lunga, Lufupa and Kafue, providing seasonal flooding on the Northern Busanga Plains making for some extraordinary game viewing on the plains or in the riverine forest that surrounds them. The Busanga Swamps in the north-west of the park are a huge wetland area that is home to an extraordinary variety of birdlife. 

There is a very high density of lion in the park, but it also offers the chance to see both the endangered wild dog and beautiful cheetah in the areas where lions are not present. Visitors will also be able to see huge herds of plains game such as puku, lechwe and buffalo as well as the rare but beautiful Roan Antelope, Oribi and Lichtenstein's Hartebeest. Kafue is a paradise for birders, with the wetlands sustaining a huge variety of species, including rare ones such as Ross's Turaco and Locust Finch. 

For safari purists, Kafue is a dream come true, with very few lodges in a huge area and outstanding game viewing with some very rare sightings not seen in many other parts of Africa. Some camps also offer the chance to go ballooning over the reserve, a truly unique experience that gives a totally new perspective on the areas you have been traversing by vehicle. 

Kafue combines really well with the rest of Zambia, with flights coming in from both Livingstone and Lusaka, making it easy to combine with other safari areas such as the Lower Zambezi and South Luangwa for a wonderful safari circuit.


  • Balloon flights over the park - a wonderful way to view the stunningly varied landscape that stretches for miles around
  • Great sightings of the endangered African Wild Dog
  • Splendid isolation - with so few lodges in a vast reserve you will be assured a wonderfully private safari experience with very few other people around
  • Fishing trips are a very popular way to spend an afternoon with your guide - there are some great catches to be had


  • Lion, Cheetah, Wild Dog, Buffalo, Puku, Lechwe, Oribi, Road, Lichtenstein's Hartebeest, Locust Fich, Ross's Turaco


  • June to October - Kafue's Safari Season where low rainfall means the park is accessible to light aircraft. Warm, dry days are followed by cool evenings and conditions are perfect for game viewing
  • November to May - Rains make much of the park inaccessible and camps are closed accordingly

In The Know

    • The short safari season means many camps are booked well in advance so start planning at least a year in advance if you want to get your preferred camp
    • If staying at Shumba or Busanga book a 3-night stay (or longer) and we will give you a complimentary hot air balloon safari
    • Kafue is one of the best spots in Zambia for birders - if this is your main interest let us know and we will arrange a dedicated birding guide for you.

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