Kafue National Park is one of the oldest Parks in Africa. Founded in 1924 and formally established in the 1950s, Kafue National Park stretches along a substantial portion of the Kafue River in western Zambia. It is the largest park in the country and the second-largest in Africa. The seasonal floodplains teem with enormous herds of antelope, which attracts a corresponding population of predators. Despite its size and history, Kafue National Park is one of the lesser-known parks. Large areas of diverse habitats and wildlife make it ideal for the adventurous traveller seeking to experience an unexplored wilderness.

Essential Traveller Information

Kafue National Park covers an area of 22,400 sq. km, which is approximately the same size as Wales, or a little larger than Israel. Founded in 1924 and formally established in the 1950s by Norman Carr, Kafue National Park is a year-round destination, with a climate moderated by its altitude at 1,100 metres above sea level.

Due to the prolific species of animals, birds and other wildlife, it is possible to achieve a vibrant safari experience in a short space of time in Kafue National Park. However, an extended stay will provide visitors with the opportunity to view some less common species such as the blue and yellow-backed duiker, lechwe, sitatunga, roan, and hartebeest in the thickets, swamps and rich miombo woodlands. Although cheetah is not commonly seen in Zambia, it is possible to witness this majestic predator patrolling the plains, woodlands and floodplains. Other highlights include African Wild Dog, hippo, crocodile, elephant, and many other of the 158 mammal species recorded in the park. A recognised birdlife haven with various habitat types, Kafue National Park provides avid birders with the opportunity to see as many as 500 species, including the Chaplin’s Barbet – Zambia’s only endemic bird species.

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While the park is accessible year-round, the wetter months (November to April) do present some challenges in terms of accessibility, as some camps close for this period. The Green Season is a genuine spectacle to behold, as the bush regenerates into a lush, vivid life with the new rains. This period sees the birth of young antelope, which usually means increased predator activity. As the wet season brings substantial rains, several key roads become impassable, and away from the main road through the park, 4×4 vehicles are a necessity.

The dry season runs from June to October and allows more comfortable driving and easier game viewing. It is popular with visitors from the Northern Hemisphere as this period aligns with their summer holiday periods.

Gate Times: Sunrise to Sunset

Gate Fees: (per day)

  • Local ZK 33.60
  • Resident/SADC USD 15
  • International USD 20

MAP OF Kafue National Park

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