The largest of Zambia’s conservation areas, Kafue National Park offers its visitors an unusual safari experience: excellent big game viewing with barely another vehicle in sight. Accessible through daily charter flights, Kafue still lies well off the beaten track and is very, very wild with just a handful of luxury tented camps – most of them overlooking the vast Busanga Plains in the north-east corner of the reserve.
The highlight of a Kafue safari, these grassy seasonal floodplains are the grazing grounds for huge numbers of red lechwe and puku antelope as well as herds of buffalo and wildebeest, all of which are preyed on by cheetah, wild dog, spotted hyena and lion. Along with great game viewing, part of the magic of Busanga lies in its scenery: expect spectacular pink sunrises punctuated by the silhouettes of antelope feeding in the early morning mist.
Activities in the park include game drives, guided walking safaris and night drives in search of leopards. Lodges can also arrange motor boat safaris and canoe trips to see hippos and crocodiles in Kafue’s rivers and birders are sure to add a few ticks to their life lists – a staggering 490 bird species have been recorded in the park.
A Kafue safari offers a very different experience to Zambia’s other top attractions – the thundering Victoria Falls, game-packed South Luangwa and the peaceful Lower Zambezi – and we’d highly recommend combining two or three destinations. For a perfectly planned Zambia safari, speak to one of our Africa Safari Experts and they will tailor-make an itinerary that delivers the best that this country has to offer.