Kafue National Park
Travel to Kafue National Park – Second Largest National Park in the World
Kafue is Zambia’s oldest park and by far the largest. It was proclaimed in 1950 and is spread over 22,400 square kilometres – the second largest national park in the world and about the size of Wales.
Despite the Park’s proximity to both Lusaka and the Copperbelt, it has remained underdeveloped until the most recent years. Despite the depravations of poaching and lack of management, Kafue National Park is still a raw and diverse slice of African wilderness with excellent game viewing, birdwatching and fishing opportunities.
The wide range of habitats in Kafue, including riverine forests, miombo woodlands, flood plains and grassy dambos, park-like savannah and almost impenetrable thickets, provide the most beautiful African backdrops to a wide diversity of animal and bird life.
Observant visitors can confidently expect to spot a wide variety of wildlife including hippo, crocodile, warthog, impala, puku, bushbuck, kudu, hartebeest, sable, waterbuck, buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, and wild dog plus many smaller species.
The birdlife is prolific with over 400 species of birds recorded throughout the park including unusual species such as the African Finfoot, African Skimmer, Rock Pratincole, Crowned and Wattle Crane, Saddle-bill Stork, Racket-tailed Roller, Sharlow’s Turaco, Ross’s Turaco, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Crowned Eagle (which are nesting in camp) and the ubiquitous African Fish Eagle.
Why not visit Busanga Plains, a seasonal wetland area in the far northern part of Kafue National Park. The plains are dotted with small ‘islands’ dominated by enormous Wild Fig trees and Wild Date palms, and surrounded by fields of grass and papyrus. During most of the year the vast plain is flooded, making it a perfect sanctuary for game and bird-life, but from July to October it is accessible by 4×4.
This is an ideal time to spot large numbers of wildlife, including red lechwe, puku, roan and sable antelope, zebra, blue wildebeest, eland and huge herds of buffalo. Lion are common, as are cheetah and leopard. It ranks as one of Africa’s most remote and beautiful wilderness areas.
- The Kafue and Lunga Rivers offer superb fishing opportunities, especially good bream, barbel and fresh water pike.
- Spread over such a vast area, the Kafue National Park encompasses a variety of landscapes.
- The lush grasslands are grazed by red lechwe in their thousands.