Kafue National Park

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About Kafue National Park

Kafue National Park is one of the largest parks in Africa. For self-drive visitors, the park is the most accessible in Zambia, with a number of quality lodges just off the Lusaka-Mongu Rd, which bisects the park. Wildlife viewing is great, with leopard sightings a major feature. Animals can be quite shy, though, compared to animals in some of the more popular parks. Four of the Big Five are easily seen with rhino absent and the park hosts a big variety of antelope.

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9,050km² / 3,494mi²
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468-1,740m / 1,535-5,709ft
Pros and Cons
  • Great wildlife viewing with four of the Big Five present
  • Big diversity of antelope species
  • Remote and undeveloped
  • Great night drives, walking safaris and boat safaris
  • Great accessibility for self-drive visitors
  • Limited accommodation
  • Animals, especially elephants, are quite shy
  • It gets very hazy in the Dry season


Kafue has a lot of wildlife. Elephants tend to be shy, but are common. Lion and leopard are easily spotted as well. What makes Kafue a great destination is its wealth of antelope species. Huge herds of red lechwe – in their thousands – can be found in the swamps. Puku, greater kudu, oribi and waterbuck are all common, and the rare roan antelope is present in very sizable herds as well.
More about Kafue's wildlife


The large park has a wide range of habitats. The Kafue River and its tributaries is the main feature. Rivers are lined with riparian forest. Away from the rivers, patches of miombi woodland mixes with swamp areas. The vast Busanga Plains are in the far north of the park. These floodplains are inaccessible in the Wet season, but carry an enormous amount of wildlife the rest of the year.

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By Allan from AustraliaAU

I am afraid to say, our trip to Kafue was a disaster in terms of game, very little to see. I think when the new North/ South road was built I think most of the game was eaten/killed, we saw more game in Pilandsberg game reserve. It was a real pity,... Full review

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