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, making it one of the best places for a truly wild, unspoilt safari, enjoyed from one of its superb luxury lodges. Accessibility to Kafue National Park 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. Or, you can spot wildlife in the riverine forest that surrounds them. Avid twitchers will also enjoy the Busanga Swamps in the north-west of the park, where you will find a huge wetland area that’s home to an extraordinary variety of birdlife.
There is a very high density of lion in the park, but you will also get the chance to see both the endangered wild dog and majestic cheetah in the beautiful forested areas where lions are not present. Visitors will also be able to see a wide variety of huge herds on the plains 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 the locust finch.
For safari purists, Kafue is a dream come true, with very few lodges in a huge area of 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 perfectly with the rest of Zambia, with flights coming in from both Livingstone and Lusaka, making it easy to mix with other safari areas such as the Lower Zambezi and South Luangwa for a wonderful safari circuit.
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