Kafue National Park Safaris

  • Africa’s largest National Park
  • A fraction of the visitors of other Zambian parks
  • Increasingly good concentrations of game
  • A diverse range of habitats to explore
When To Visit Kafue National Park:
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  • Dec

Kafue is a vast national park, one of Africa’s largest. Lesser known than the Luangwa and the Lower Zambezi, Kafue has a fraction of the number of visitors, yet has increasingly good concentrations of game, and a diverse range of habitats to explore.

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.

Activities
Game driving by day and by night, as well as walking safaris. Some of the camps here also offer boating safari and fishing.

Time of year to travel
Kafue is a classic dry-season reserve, with the game getting progressively better, the later you travel. June through to November is the only time the best camps are open. As the game viewing improves, the heat increases, with October the hottest month. Kafue’s main camps are shut from December through to May – we advise against trying to travel here during that period.

Top tip
This park is all about Busanga Plains. However, safari enthusiasts who spend longer in Kafue, can find it very rewarding to explore its less famous areas. You are almost guaranteed to have a huge park pretty much to yourself!