The Kafue National Park
One of the great wilderness areas of Africa…
The vast Kafue National Park in western Zambia remains one of Africa’s last true wilderness areas. Covering some 22,500 square kilometres, Kafue is comparable to the size of a small country!
Kafue National Park is largely untouched by development and therefore remains a unique and pristine wilderness with magnificent scenery, game viewing and bird watching. Still today some two thirds of the Park remains designated as Wilderness Area where only walking is allowed.
This pristine wilderness is made up of an incredible collection of diverse habitats. From the remote and seasonally inundated Busanga swamps in the north of the park, through the central miombo woodlands and dambos, to the more sandy southern plains. Not to mention the evergreen forested areas that line the banks of the mighty Kafue River and its tributaries.
More diverse than any park in Africa, the wildlife of the Kafue is as numerous as it is varied. There’s an abundance of big game including elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and even cheetah. The Kafue is also home to one of the last remaining viable populations of the rare and endangered African wild dog.
A safari in Kafue National Park can be very rewarding. Not only because of the exciting sightings of wildlife, but also due to the absence of other tourists. You usually won’t see other safari tourists!
The pristine wilderness of Kafue National Park can be enjoyed between June and December. Due to the rains, the park gets inaccessible and camps are closed for a few months. The Busanga Plains area only becomes accessible from July and the camp stays open to November or December, depending on the weather.