Kafue National Park is the oldest and largest of Zambia’s national parks, and is the second largest park in Africa. It is situated within an easy few hours drive of Livingstone and the iconic Victoria Falls, making this an ideal destination for those looking to also visit Victoria Falls. The best time to visit the park is in the dry season, as the Summer rains make much of the road network unusable, and most of the camps within the park close down subsequently. However, a few camps are open year round and provide a great base from which to experience the magic of Kafue. Large herds of elephants, buffalo and antelope, as well as intense predator activity and scintillating birding make this park a must do!

Why we like it

Second largest park in Africa; Close to Victoria Falls; Exceptional birding and game-viewing

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 22 400 sq km
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Lion
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Mumbwa

Accommodation in Kafue National Park

Busanga Bush Camp, Kafue

Busanga Bush Camp lies in the heart of the Busanga Plains, a vast mosaic of expansive grassy seasonal floodplains that extend to the horizon. When the mist rises off the floodplains as they dry up in winter, incredible sunrises and sunsets are experienced here, while the floodplains and dambos teem with wildlife and birds. Hidden on a tree-island of sycamore…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Busanga Plains Camp, Kafue

Busanga Plains Camp is a seasonal (dry season) bush camp, located on the renowned Busanga Plains of Zambia’s Kafue National Park. The camp is set on a small palm tree island amidst the remote northern wetland plains. Getting to the camp is a safari adventure in itself, as guests travel through the wilderness of Kafue National Park, which is one…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Fig Tree Bush Camp, Kafue

Fig Tree Bush Camp is a luxury bush camp found in Zambia in a remote part of Kafue National Park. The camp is named for a massive fig tree that is situated in the middle of the camp. It is located on the dry banks of the Shishamba River, and consists of luxury safari tents that are perched on platforms…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Tours and Activities in Kafue National Park

4-Day Kafue Canoe Trail

On this 4-day canoe trail through Zambia's Kafue National Park, explore the most magnificent stretch of the Kafue river. This is Zambia's largest National Park. Experience wildlife, game drives and walks: remote and exclusive, you will feel like you are alone in paradise. Enjoy the peace and solitude of the Kafue River, gliding past riverine forest, birdlife and wildlife. Add…

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Duration: 4 Days
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Best of Zambia – East to West Tour

Looking to see all the natural splendour of Zambia? This safari tour from 'East to West' in Zambia includes the highlights of Zambia's pristine National Parks. We will spend four days in South Luangwa National Park, visit the famous Kafue National Park and carry on to the remote Liuwa Plains National Park, one of Africa's last true wilderness areas. Mosi-oa-Tunya…

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Duration: 17 days / 16 nights
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Kafue 4-Day Mobile Camping Safari

This exciting safari tour visits Kafue National Park in Zambia for an unforgettable safari adventure. Kafue National Park is the largest park in Zambia and is home to a wide range of species, including the biggest diversity of antelope species of any park in Africa. You will also have the chance to see lion, elephant, cheetah, buffalo, and hippo, among…

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Duration: 4 days/ 3 nights
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.
Recent Sightings

Lookout for

Red Lechwe
Spotted Hyena
African Wild Dog
Sable Antelope
Roan Antelope

Key Species


Black-cheeked Lovebird
Racket Tailed Roller
Arnots Chat
Pels Fishing Owl
Bohms Bee-eater

Nile Crocodile
Water Monitor
Leopard Tortoise

Candelabra Tree
Miombo Woodland

Miombo Woodland
Open Plains

Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 8.5
Mammals: 9
Birds: 9.5
Reptiles: 8
Trees: 8
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