Best Time to Visit – Kafue NP

Alan Murphy
Expert
By Alan Murphy

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Zambia.

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Zambia.

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and authored the Lonely Planet guidebook to Zambia.

Alan has authored the Lonely Planet guide to Zambia.

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The best time to visit Kafue is from July to October: stretches from the middle to the end of the Dry season. The bush has dried out and thirsty animals head to rivers and waterholes, which makes these the best months for wildlife viewing. Consider visiting the large wetlands of the Busanga Plains around now because you won’t get through the flooding in the Wet season.

Best Time July to October (animals are easy to find at water sources)
High Season July to October (high season rates may apply; the park never gets busy)
Low Season Mid-November to May (some lodges close in the Wet season; low season rates apply)
Best Weather April to August (it’s cooler and it hardly ever rains)
Worst Weather October to March (hot and wet weather)

May to October Dry Season

  • You can more easily find animals in the thinning bush and where they go to drink
  • Days are sunny; it rarely rains
  • The malaria risk is low as there are few mosquitos around
  • Busanga Plains is only accessible in the Dry season; it’s best visited from August to October
  • High season rates may apply
  • The sky is very hazy and the bush looks parched
  • October is very hot
  • Mornings are cold; wear warm clothing on early-morning game drives

November to April Wet Season

  • The scenery in the ‘emerald season’ is green and fresh
  • There are few tourists around and rates are low
  • It’s the best time for birding because migratory birds arrive
  • You can see lots of newborn animals
  • You’ll see more animals in the Dry season
  • Many lodges are closed, and the Busanga area is off-limits
  • Roads are in bad condition and various game-drive routes become impassable
  • It’s hot and humid
  • Malaria is a bigger concern than in the Dry season

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Best Time to go to Zambia by Major Park

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