Kafue National Park is the largest park in Zambia (the size of Wales) and one of the largest in the world.
Kafue National Park
Kafue National Park is Zambia's oldest park and by far the largest. It was proclaimed in 1950 and is spread over 22 400 square kilometres, making it one of
the largest National Parks in Africa. It is fed by three rivers, the Lufupa in the north-west and the Lunga and Kafue in the north-east. The Lufupa River floods in the summer, creating a large floodplain delta system that attracts thousands of waterbirds. The Lunga and Kafue rivers are wide and slow-flowing, banded by riverine forest.
Habitats in the Park are diverse, and include floodplains, miombo woodland and dambos. It has good concentrations of plains game and their predators as well as the largest species diversity in Zambia, including animals that are rare or non-existent in other southern African countries, such as Lichtenstein's hartebeest, roan antelope, Defassa waterbuck and oribi. Birdlife is spectacular, consisting of 491 species.
In the extreme north of the Kafue lies the Busanga Plains - one of Zambia's most significant wetland resources and one of the few areas in the world that remain untouched by development and human activity. Covering 750 square kilometres of breathtaking wilderness, it is considered the jewel in the Kafue crown. This is the best area in Zambia to see cheetah.
Despite the Park's proximity to both Lusaka and the Copperbelt, it has
remained underdeveloped until the most recent years. Despite the depravations of
poaching and lack of management, the Park is still a raw and diverse slice of
African wilderness with excellent game viewing, birdwatching and fishing
opportunities. In recent years a number of private safari lodges and camps have
opened up in the Kafue region.
Detailed Kafue Map
Click on the 'Road' view of the map above and zoom in to the northern part of Kafue National Park. Busanga Swamp is clearly visible on the map. The Kafue Flats are also indicated in the southern half of the park.
As a result of seasonal rains, safaris to the North Kafue are not available from mid November to the end of May. If you wish to visit the Busanga Flood Plain, the best months are mid July to end October. Being almost 4,000 feet above sea level, the Kafue region can be cooler than many people expect. This is particularly true of the nights from June (especially while out in the plains in an open vehicle)- please be sure to bring warm clothing. During the day, in these months, it is usually warm and sunny with crystal clear blue skies. September to November, days become hotter and the nights get warmer.
Tourist infrastructure is still lacking in Kafue National Park so the best way to get to the park is to fly in. There are light aircraft airstrips at Ngoma, Puku Pan, Chunga, Hippo, Moshi and Lunga camps.
By Vehicle, Kafue can be reached from all four sides of the country. The roads are not very well graded and require a robust four wheel drive and a sense of adventure. A GPS tracking device seems like a minimum requirement these days, if driving through parts of Africa.
Featured Kafue National Park safari lodge maps
Busanga Bushcamp map: A simple small camp located on an island of fig and sausage trees in the Busanga floodplains
Kaingu Lodge map: Kaingu Lodge is an eco-friendly lodge that blends in with the surroundings.
Kapinga Camp map: Kapinga Camp is situated in the Petel Concession, on the edge of the Busanga Plains and consists of 3 luxury tents
Lufupa Lodge map: The Lufupa Lodge is comfortable yet informal, comprising of spacious thatched rondavels
Lunga River Lodge map: Lunga River Lodge is situated on the west bank of the magnificent Lunga River in the north-eastern region of the Kafue National Park.
Musanza Tented Camp map: Musanza Tented Camp is located deep inside the remote wildlife haven of the Busanga Plains.
Ntemwa Bushcamp map: Ntemwa Tented Camp lies South of the Busanga Plains along the Lufupa River.
Shumba Camp map: Shumba Camp means "lion" camp because it is situated at the "place of lions" on the Busanga Floodplains