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Kafue National Park

"Zambia's oldest and largest national park"

Largely untouched by man, many areas are completely preserved and it boasts unique landscapes such as wetlands, woodlands, open plains and swampland, with accompanying diversity. This park embodies the remote wilderness and diversity that defines Zambia.

Kafue was established by the legendary Norman Carr in the 1950s and is Zambia’s oldest and largest national park. Covering a massive 22,400 km2 (8,650 mi2), the park is dominated by Miombo woodlands and interspersed with seasonal floodplains, rivers, and dambos – the dry riverbeds that provide seasonal refuge for the wide variety of wildlife. In fact, Kafue boasts more species than any other park south of the Congo.

Wildlife sightings can be very good with large herds of lechwe and buffalo in the floodplains, alongside all the predators of which lions are very well represented. There is also excellent birdlife.

When to Go

Best = Best Good = Good Mixed = Mixed

Why we like it

  • A huge national park! Real wilderness experience.
  • A wide diversity of mammal and birdlife, vastly different from other parks in Zambia.
  • Some incredible safari camps with some of the best guides in the country.
  • The northern Busanga Plains is one of our top safari destinations that hardly anyone knows about!

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