Wilderness Zambia Wildlife Buffalo

Zambia

Kafue

Unfenced and untamed, Kafue is known for its predators and boundless Busanga Plains. Explore Zambia’s largest protected area.


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Larger than life safaris in Kafue

The Lunga, Lufupa and Kafue rivers give life to this remote swathe of Zambian wilderness. A Kafue National Park safari will see you exploring vast tracts of unspoiled Zambian country. Here lions have adapted to hunt in the swamps, following great herds of semi-aquatic lechwe. The birdlife is thrilling in its diversity and sheer numbers, with numerous regional specials.  

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Kafue at a glance

The north of Kafue National Park is dominated by rivers, seasonal floodplains and wildlife-rich wetlands, where lions leap across channels and hippos are seen bobbing in the deeper channels. As the Kafue River flows south, woodlands and grassland take over and large populations of plains game abound.

Key Facts

Kafue key facts

At 22,400km², Kafue National Park is some 15% bigger than South Africa’s famous Kruger National Park, and an important stronghold for Zambia’s wildlife. The Busanga swamps are an official Ramsar site, and birders will delight in the many special species that make this precious protected area their home.

GEOGRAPHIC SIZE

22,400km²

BIRD SPECIES

+/- 500

MAMMAL SPECIES

+/- 158

BEST TIME TO VISIT

June to October

WILDERNESS CAMPS

2

Habitats

Wildlife

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THINGS TO DO

Kafue experiences

The exceptional biodiversity of Kafue creates a rewarding range of activities. Boat rides before the channels and plains dry out offer eye-level sightings of the big cats and their prey, while a birding session will satisfy your search for specials among the 500+ species found in the park. Scan the plains for Kafue’s wildlife on a game drive or better yet, on foot with our expert safari guides.

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Explore camps in Kafue National Park

Our luxury safari camps, Shumba and Busanga Bush Camp, are situated in the north of Zambia’s thrillingly remote Kafue National Park. Zambia’s oldest and largest protected area, Kafue is an important refuge for endangered wildlife and rare bird species.

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Kafue featured stories

Read about Zambia’s wetland-adapted lions and what we do to conserve these extraordinary prides, marvel at award-winning photography and tune in to our on-the-ground updates on conservation in Kafue.
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