A Kafue safari in Zambia presents a truly captivating experience in one of Africa's largest and most diverse national parks. Located in western Zambia, Kafue National Park is renowned for its untouched wilderness, vast plains, and abundant wildlife.
Getting to Kafue is usually done by flying into Lusaka and then taking a connecting flight or driving to the park. The park is well serviced by a number of all-year airstrips, notably at Chunga, Ngoma and Lufupa that enable tourists to make the most of the park in any of its ever-changing seasons.
The best time to visit is the dry season, which runs from June to October, with most of the park being inaccessible during the wetter months of November through to April. The Busanga Plains area is still strictly only accessible from early July (depending on water levels) until early November. This area is a floodplain and unless you enjoy swimming with crocs and hippos then unfortunately you must visit in these months! There is an airstrip at Busanga that facilitates access to the camps, some of which don’t operate in the green season.
The lodges in Kafue offer a range of options to suit various tastes and budgets. From luxury tented camps to rustic, seasonal bush camps, there is something for everyone. These lodges are strategically positioned to provide optimal game viewing opportunities, with many overlooking watering holes or situated along riverbanks.
Founded in the 1920s and formally established as a national park in the 1950s by the legendary Norman Carr, Kafue is one of the largest reserves in the whole of Africa. Despite its size and prominent location only two hours’ drive from Livingstone, it remains little-known and largely unexplored with vast tracts of its virgin bush still untouched. Thanks to its size and variety of habitats, Kafue holds a fantastic diversity of wildlife; including elephants, lions, leopards, zebras, and numerous bird species. Game drives through the park offer a chance to encounter these magnificent creatures up close, while guided walking safaris allow for a more intimate exploration of the park's diverse ecosystems.
Boat safaris along the Kafue River, at selected camps along the river, provide a unique perspective, allowing visitors to observe wildlife from the water and witness stunning sunsets over the river.
Fishing enthusiasts can try their hand at catching tigerfish or bream. Cultural visits to nearby communities offer insights into traditional Zambian life and a chance to support local initiatives.
With its vast landscapes and abundant wildlife, a Kafue safari promises an unforgettable adventure immersed in the beauty of Zambia's wilderness.