Zambia safaris to Kafue National Park takes place in a diverse landscape with the park’s astounding 22 400 square kilometres consisting of miombo woodland, marshy grasslands, evergreen forests and open plains dotted with termite mounds. Kafue National Park, situated only two hours’ drive from Livingstone, is the ideal destination for an authentic Zambia safari with sightings of four members of the Big 5 (lions, leopards, buffalos, elephants) guaranteeing the experience of a lifetime. As one of Zambia’s oldest and largest wildlife areas, Kafue offers intimate animal encounters and game experiences.
Wildlife to spot on safari in Kafue National Park
The Busanga Plains in the far northwest of Kafue, are one of Zambia’s most significant wetland areas. The park is named after its life source, the Kafue River, stretching over 250 kilometres from source to mouth. This vital body of water provides sustenance to a variety of species that can be spotted on your holiday to Zambia. From roan and sable antelope, red lechwe and hartebeest to the endemic puku, a visit to Kafue offers the chance to appreciate the diversity of species. Due to the abundance of plains game, the predator population of the park is exceptionally healthy with lions, leopards and occasionally also wild dogs putting in appearances.
The Busango floodplains offer ample opportunities for bird lovers to see a great number of the more than 500 species that call Kafue home while on vacation in Zambia. These include Pel’s fishing owl, African finfoot, Böhm’s bee-eaters, paradise flycatchers, sunbirds, numerous kingfisher species and Zambia’s only endemic bird, the Chaplin’s barbet. The woodlands are home to African hawk-eagles, black-chested snake-eagles, racket-tailed rollers and flocks of helmetshrikes.
Activities and Experiences in Kafue National Park
Expect a dynamic game viewing experience when choosing Kafue National Park for your Zambia safari. A bush walk in Kafue will immerse you in the park’s spectacular landscapes and bring you up close and personal with the inhabitants of this great wilderness. Knowledgeable guides will point out the intricacies of the natural surroundings and point out smaller things one might miss when on a game viewing vehicle.
Those after more action on their holiday to Zambia, should opt for some fishing in the Kafue River. Local fishing guides will show you where the best spots are to throw in a line and enjoy a couple of hours on the banks, while waiting for a bite or two from species like bream, barbel, pike and catfish. Make your safari to Zambia a once-in-a-lifetime experience with a hot air balloon ride and observe the vast plains and wildlife of Kafue from above. Cast your eyes far and wide as you glide over the immense Busanga Plains to try and spot the countless species roaming the breathtaking landscape.