Getting There – Kafue NP

Alan Murphy
By Alan Murphy

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

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

Alan has authored the Lonely Planet guide to Zambia.

Kafue National Park is located 360km/223mi from Lusaka.

Self-drive to the park is relatively easy on the Lusaka-Mongu Road, where a few lodges are accessible not far from the highway. However, to venture any distance into the park itself, a good 4x4 is essential. There are also several safari operators based in Lusaka offering mobile trips into Kafue.

Most people staying at the high-end lodges in the park fly by chartered plane to Kafue. There are several airstrips in the park.

Zambia's main airport, Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN), is 14km/9mi from the capital, Lusaka – this is where you will most likely enter the country. Livingstone Airport (LVI) (Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport) is also handy for the park.

Airlines & Ticket Prices

Please check Skyscanner or, for multiple destination flights, check Expedia to see which airlines can take you to Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN), and what tickets would cost.

Domestic Flights

Charter flights between parks are usually part of your safari package and are booked by your tour operator.

The only domestic carrier is Proflight. Although Proflight has regular flights to Livingstone and some of Zambia’s main parks, including South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi and Liuwa Plain, it doesn’t offer any flights yet to Kafue.

However, Proflight has announced they will operate year-round scheduled flights to Chunga Airstrip (CHU), servicing Kafue NP, commencing January 2018.

Passport, Visa and Other Entry Requirements

Please check our Getting There – Zambia page to learn more about passport, visa and other entry requirements.

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