Kafue National Park
Kafue is Zambia’s oldest and largest park. Proclaimed in 1950, Kafue spreads over 22,400km2 - about the same size as Wales, or double the size of Yellowstone National Park in the US. This vast park is still a raw and diverse slice of African wilderness, with excellent game viewing, bird watching and fishing opportunities.
The north west section of the park is dominated by the Busanga Plains - one of Zambia’s most significant wetland resources, untouched by human activity. This vast watery wilderness, flooded in the wet season by several rivers and streams covers an enormous 750 square kilometres. It drains into the Lufupa River, a tributary of the Kafue River. The floods reach their height from March to May.
Further south is a tree-choked lush wilderness fed by the Lunga, Lufupa and Kafue Rivers.
The park sustains a great diversity of wildlife, in huge numbers. Antelope include Red Lechwe, Puku, Sable and Roan Antelopes, Waterbuck, Tsessebe, Hartebeest Oribi and Duiker. Large herds of zebra and buffalo are also seen. Prime predators include large prides of lion, solitary leopards and cheetahs, as well as a host of smaller carnivores. Birdwatching is superb, particularly on the rivers and dambos. Over 400 species have been recorded in the park, including purple crested loerie, Pel’s fishing owl and wattled crane. Excellent bream, barbell and fresh water pike fishing is found here. Most lodges have fishing tackle, rods, boats and bait.
Kafue has a good choice of game lodges, both in the north and south of the park. A Kafue Safari combines well with Luangwa or Lower Zambezi safaris, as well as with some time enjoying the sights and activities of Victoria Falls.
photo copyright: Gregg Hughes