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Kafue-overview

Kafue National Park

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Kafue is Zambia’s oldest park and by far the largest. It was proclaimed in 1950 and is spread over 22,400 square kms - the second largest national park in the world and about the size of Wales. Despite the Park’s proximity to both Lusaka and the Copperbelt, it has remained underdeveloped until the most recent years. Despite the depravations of poaching and lack of management, the Park is still a raw and diverse slice of African wilderness with excellent game viewing, birdwatching and fishing opportunities. From the astounding Busanga Plains in the North-western section of the Park to the tree-choked wilderness and the lush dambos of the south, fed by the emerald green Lunga, Lufupa and Kafue Rivers, the Park sustains huge herds of a great diversity of wildlife. Large prides of lion, solitary leopards and cheetahs are the prime predators. There is a host of smaller carnivores from the side-striped jackal, civet, genet and various mongoose. Birdwatching, especially on the rivers and the dambos, is superb. Notables include the wattled crane, purple crested loerie and Pel’s fishing owl. Well over 400 species of birds have been recorded throughout the park.

Suggested accommodation

  • Busanga Bush Camp

    Busanga Bush Camp Busanga Bush Camp lies in the heart of the Busanga Plains, a vast mosaic of expansive grassy seasonal floodplains that extends to the horizon. The camp, hidden in a well vegetated tree-island of s...

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  • Hippo Lodge

    Hippo Lodge Hippo Lodge is situated along the banks of the Kafue River in Kafue National Park. Zambia. Kafue National Park is one of Africa's largest game parks comprising 22,400km2 of breathtaking wilderness...

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  • Kapinga Camp

    Kapinga Camp Kapinga Camp is situated in the north-west corner of the vast Busanga Plains of Kafue National Park, one of the largest national parks in Africa. The Busanga Plains is one of Zambia's most signifi...

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  • Konkamoya Camp

    Konkamoya Camp Cookes' African Safaris is a family run safari operation situated on the banks of Lake Itezhi-Tezhi in the southern areas of the unspoilt Kafue National Park. Konkamoya is a small camp consisti...

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  • Leopard Lodge

    Leopard Lodge Leopard Lodge is a secluded, family-run game lodge on the banks of the Kafue River in a game management area surrounded by Zambia's Kafue National Park. The plains stretch for miles and are home t...

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  • Lufupa River Camp

    Lufupa River Camp The well-known Lufupa area of Zambia's Kafue National Park is recognised as a focal point for prolific animal and bird life. Situated at the confluence of the Lufupa and Kafue Rivers, this site of...

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  • Mayukuyuku Camp

    Mayukuyuku Camp Mayukuyuku Camp is located on the banks of the Kafue River in a location that is probably one of the most picturesque spots in the whole park. The Kafue is well known for its diverse variety of te...

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  • Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp

    Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp is located on the site of the old Nanzhila Rest Camp in the remote and seldom visited southern sector of Kafue National Park. The area is best known for its lush woodla...

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  • Shumba Camp

    Shumba Camp Shumba Camp is located in the centre of the Busanga Plains, home to hundreds of red lechwe, puku, roan and oribi. Lichtenstein's hartebeest, herds of wildebeest, zebra and buffalo make for a full ...

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