Kafue is Africa’s largest National Park. It is more than twice the size of the Luangwa, yet is regarded as the country’s ‘third’ safari area.
The game viewing is at its best in the northern Busanga Plains area. This is also the region with the park’s best camps. A trip to Kafue is not complete without a few days spent here.
On the whole, the camps in Kafue are not of the quality of the Luangwa or Lower Zambezi operations. The exceptions to this rule are the camps on the Busanga Plains – these are run by the luxury lodge owner Wilderness Safaris, of Botswana fame.
Due to years of poor park management and a general lack of anti-poaching units, Kafue suffered hugely throughout the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. As a result, the skittish nature of game is still evident, and is noticeably more of an issue here than elsewhere.
As with Lower Zambezi, Kafue shuts down from December through to April. We do not advise clients to travel here throughout that period.
What you really need to know
Busanga Plains is a beautiful, quiet and remote place to be on safari. However, Kafue is probably not the right destination for clients on their first safari, looking for lots of encounters with big game. The reality is that Kafue is a park where you have to work hard for sightings. Overall, we do not think that Kafue measures up to its more famous neighbours.