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Explore abundant wildlife on a Kafue National Park safari holiday. 

Covering a large area in western Zambia, Kafue National Park is known for its abundant wildlife.

It’s also one of the oldest national parks in the country. If encounters with rare animals are what you seek, then this is the place for you.

On a Kafue safari vacation, you will be able to see antelopes such as the sitatunga and roan. How about spotting leopards on a night drive? Kafue is one of the best places in Africa for that! Reserve a Kafue National Park safari and become the happiest wildlife lover in the world!

Chisa Busanga Camp, Kafue National Park
Track wildlife on a game drive

Fed by the mighty Kafue River, the lush plains are loved and lived in by wildlife aplenty.

We’re talking puku, spectacular herds of red lechwe, buffalo and wildebeest, the rare roan antelope, cheetah and, of course, the famous lions of Kafue.

And with two safari drives a day from most camps (in the early morning and late afternoon), you should have the chance to see as much of it as possible.

In the moments when your binoculars aren’t affixed to your eyes, there’ll be refreshing beverages to sip on as you gaze at this wild scene.

Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp Kafue National Park, Zambia
Track wildlife on a guided walking safari

As Zambia’s largest park, Kafue may seem more suited to all-day game drives, but walking safaris are one of its hidden gems.

Picture strolling across the flood plains in the early morning light without another soul around for miles, heaven!

With your seasoned guide leading the way, put your walking boots to good use as you explore this exquisite wilderness, spying huge herds of red lechwe, cheetah speeding to catch their prey and learning to read the signs these creatures leave behind.

Without the rumble of an engine or clues given over walkie-talkie, you’ll get back to the roots of a safari. The best time to see the most wildlife is, of course, the dry season (May to October) and September is especially good for avid birders.

Ila Safari Lodge, Kafue National Park, Zambia
Enjoy sundowners and wildlife on a boat cruise

Considering its size and sheer power, the Kafue River is remarkably serene, and a morning or afternoon boat cruise along its glassy surface is a real treat.

Navigate your way through scaly crocodiles and yawning hippo, catch elephant coming down the grassy banks to drink or splash their way across, and watch kingfishers darting in and out of the shallows.

For a touch more romance, set sail at sunset and watch as the waterscape begins to look like a vibrant oil painting – with a cold G&T in hand of course

Explore Busanga Plains on a game drive
Explore Busanga Plains on a game drive

Safari drives in the watery Busanga Plains, raved about as one of Kafue’s game-viewing hotspots, are ideal for spotting nervous herds of puku and red lechwe, prowling lion and some of the highest concentrations of painted dog and cheetah in Zambia.

And as your expert guide will surely tell you, keep your eyes peeled for birdlife you’ve never seen before!

Whether you leave at first light or as dusk approaches, you’ll make a pitstop for warming (or cooling) drinks in a scenic spot. Bear in mind that the plains are only accessible from July to October, when the floodwaters recede and leave behind a carpet of luscious grasses that are perfect for game drives, but that makes it all the more special.


Things To Do & Where To Stay In Kafue National Park

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