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Kafue National Park
Why Travel Here?
  • Kafue National Park is Zambia's oldest and largest park (established in 1924) and the world's second largest. 

  • Located approximately 200km west of Lusaka in central western Zambia. 

  • The park covers an expansive 22,400km²(bigger than Israel). 

  • The Busanga Plains are an impressive feature of the park particularly between March and May when they are flooded by the Kafue River and become home to thousands of birds and wading hippos. 

  • The 370km² Itezhi-Tezhi Dam in the south is fed by the Kafue River and is also inundated with water birds and hippos.

  • Miombo woodland covers a great deal of the park with interspersing teak forests, scattered Euphorbias (“candelabra trees”), mopane woodlands and large black boulders. 

  • The woodland opens up at intervals to a “dambo”, which is an open grassy area favoured by grazing antelope – dambos typically have no trees apart from the odd fig tree or phoenix palm and some have termite mounds protruding from the ground. 

  • A prolific wildlife exists here, boasting four of the Big Five – leopard, lion, buffalo and elephant. 

  • Other predators include: cheetah, civet, genet, hyaena, jackal, serval and wild dog. 

  • The park has the greatest variety of antelope in Africa including: blue wildebeest, Defassa waterbuck, duiker, impala, kudu, oribi, puku, red lechwe, reedbuck, roan, sable, sitatunga, tsessebe and zebra. 

  • More than 400 species of bird have been recorded, including: wattled crane, purple crested Loerie, Pel's fishing owl, goliath herons, fish eagle and African spoonbills. 

  • Fishing here is another attraction, particularly in Itezhi-Tezhi Dam. 

  • Excellent game viewing by boat and vehicle, bird watching and professionally guided nature walks. 

  • Visits to hot springs and local villages are also on offer. 

  • Most lodges will include both fishing safaris and game viewing by boat.

  • The dry season occurs from April to October and this is considered the best time to visit – the bush is less dense, improving visibility, and the wildlife is more inclined to be concentrated near the water sources.

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By air
Light aircraft are available for charter and this is the most convenient and advisable way of reaching the park. Lodges fly one in from Mfuwe, Lusaka and Livingstone. There are airstrips at Ngoma, Puku Pan, Chunga, Moshi, and Lunga camps. 

By road
The roads in Zambia are generally in poor condition which is why it is recommended to fly if possible. If driving from Lusaka: take the road to Mumbwa (147 km) and stay on this main road to reach the southern section of the park. 66 km after Mumbwa towards Kaoma is a left turning to the Itezhi Tezhi Dam and all the southern lodges (115 km further). 

If one takes the northern road out of Mumbwa a 4WD vehicle is necessary - this road goes to the north of the park. To reach the Basangu plains one needs to go in with an operator - no private people are allowed in this area and it is very easy to get lost. Approaching from the west one takes the Mongu-Lusaka road. From the Copperbelt in the north - one takes the road to Solwezi and Kasempa and then after a further 98 km one reaches the Lunga Pontoon. If wanting the northern Kafue Gate then turn left 16 km before the pontoon. 

From Livingstone take the Lusaka road up to Kalomo (126 km) then turn left and travel 80 km to the Ndumdumwense gate at the southern edge of the Park.

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