Kafue National Park
Located in central Zambia, it is the country's largest national park
Located in the centre of Zambia is Kafue National Park, and at a size of 22,400 square kilometres (approximately the same size as Wales), Kafue is the country’s largest national park. Although it is a lesser-visited area, Kafue homes a variety of areas and plains, offering diverse landscapes, geography, birding and wildlife.
This park is characterised by a diversity of habitats, including floodplains, swamps, miombo woodland and vast open plains, which make the game drives and walking safaris all that more interesting! The size of the park means that wildlife densities are not as concentrated as some smaller parks, but this isn’t to say the game viewing isn’t fantastic!
The Great West Road that connects Lusaka and Mongu, runs through Kafue National Park, bisecting the park in half. As a result, the park is unofficially split into northern and southern sectors. The Busanga Plains are a particular highlight of northern Kafue where, between the months of June and October, large herds of buffalo and lion prides are regularly seen, among many others!
In the northwest area of the park, the Busanga Swamps can be found. This flooded grassland support large herds of animals, predators and birding in particular. Animals keep close to these swamps in the dry season, which is why the Busanga Plains, south of the swamps, are particularly popular.
The south of Kafue varies from the north, with wide rivers and open floodplains characterizing the plains. Animal densities are lower in the south than in the north, but the southern sector benefits from fantastic birdlife which can be seen from boat cruises through the waterways.
At a glance... Kafue National Park
- Size 22,400 km²
- Location Central Zambia
- Recommended time 3 to 6 nights
- Time to visit Best between June to November
- Safari Activities Game drives