One of Zambia’s most under appreciated national parks, this is an absolute gem. The fact that it is not yet on everybody’s radar is a great thing for those looking to travel somewhere a bit different and explore a brilliant, out the way part of Africa before everyone else gets there. At an incredible 22,400 square kilometres (about the size of Wales!), it is Zambia’s largest National Park.
With some of the most stunning antelope species in Africa (Roan, Sable and Lichtenstein’s Hartebeast to name a few) along with strong populations of Lion and Leopard and an increasing number of Wild Dog and Cheetah sightings, the Kafue is not to be overlooked and is a great addition to any Zambia itinerary.
With only a handful of lodges, the “busy” area is traversed by a couple of camps but as with the South Luangwa and so many other parks in Africa you are most rewarded when you get into the more remote parts of these protected areas. Busanga Plains is the most well known area of the Kafue and is one of the most exhilarating places in Zambia to spend your time. Each year the Lufaupa river floods the area making it completely inaccesible, every time the flood water recedes it creates a habitat perfect for grazing herbivores which in turn attracts predatory species.